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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,723 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louis Sachar Narrator: Louis Sachar Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The summer after junior year of high school looks bleak for Alton Richards. His girlfriend has dumped him, he has no money and no job, and his parents insist he drive his great-uncle Lester, who is old, blind, very sick, and very rich, to his bridge club four times a week and be his cardturner.

But Alton’s parents aren’t the only ones trying to worm their way into Lester Trapp’s good graces. There is Trapp’s longtime housekeeper, his alluring young nurse, and the crazy Castaneda family.

Alton soon finds himself intrigued by his uncle, by the game of bridge, and especially by the pretty and shy Toni Castaneda, as he struggles to figure out what it all means, and ultimately to figure out the meaning of his own life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is astonishing how Sachar can make blow-by-blow accounts of bridge not only interesting but exciting, treating each play like a clue to unravel the riddle of each hand. An obvious windfall for smart and puzzle-minded teens, this is a great story to boot, with genuine characters (save the scheming parents) and real relationships, balanced by casual, confident storytelling.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This well-written novel contains a rewarding intergenerational friendship and a sweetly appealing romance in the making.”

    School Library Journal

  • A 2010 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alexandria Godina | 2/9/2014

    " Enjoyed this book, who knew bridge could be so entertaining?! i questioned what teen i could recommend it to, but then realized what an all around a solid plot it is, with characters that had depth. And all though it isn't a story for reluctant readers, i feel this book good find an audience. The story is wholesome but somehow i didn't find myself getting bored and even when the foghorn blew to represent bridge terminology was going to be explained, i felt myself pulled into the game. Nothing exciting but a genuinely good read for those who don't always need the racey "love" scenes, vampires/shapshifters or the bullying so often found in YA lit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mikayla | 1/22/2014

    " I originally picked this book up in the bookstore while I was waiting for a ride out of curiosity. I was a fourth of the way in and bought it by the time I left. The story line draws you in a beautiful way and makes you want to keep turning the page. Even if you've never even heard of bridge before you'll enjoy the story line and the characters. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll leave the story feeling like there can be a purpose in anything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joshporter7 | 1/16/2014

    " Loved it. Can't wait to play bridge now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tasara | 1/13/2014

    " It's got that fantastical-coincidence Sachar touch. Delightful! "

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