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3.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 5 3.68 (22 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: May 2010 ISBN: 9780307712141
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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

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

    School Library Journal

  • “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)

  • 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 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 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 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 Tasara | 1/13/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/11/2014

    " Louis Sachar is nearly unparalleled in his ability to keep the momentum brisk and the characters sharp. I still don't understand how to play bridge, but his novel is so good, you don't really have to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara Ripley | 12/23/2013

    " I was amused and irritated by the Bridge elements. Found most of the characters irritating (awful parents, terrible best friend) and yet...something was really great about this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ranell | 11/5/2013

    " Engaged with the story, but I got lost with all the bridge vocabulary (the card game of bridge) although the author does try to explain it. The story line, characters, theme, etc. were nicely constructed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 11/2/2013

    " Wish I had an Uncle Trapp to teach me how to play bridge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 EL | 10/22/2013

    " I really liked The Cardturner. It was easy to skim through the bridge details but it made the game sound very interesting. Loved the characters and the plotline. Alton was an awesome protagonist! A quick and interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 6/6/2013

    " An entertaining lesson in bridge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Boucher | 3/10/2013

    " What a delightful YA novel this is! It held my interest because I play bridge, and much of the action revolves around that amazing, addicting game. This book is by the same author who brought us Holes, another incredible YA read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corny | 12/15/2012

    " Sachar writes young adult novels but since this one dealt with bridge, I read it. A very entertaining read, much like Holes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 8/5/2012

    " Would have been a five if all the bridge stuff didn't go completely over my head. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 11/18/2011

    " This was an interesting read. I liked it overall, but there were times when I wasn't especially invested in all the descriptions of bridge hands. Good story overall, though. I read it on the recommendation of one of my 8th grade students. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Honeybee | 5/23/2011

    " It's not Holes, that's for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 5/23/2011

    " I love this book, in the beginning it's a little hard to understand but as the book carries on you start to get a feel for it and really get into it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 5/15/2011

    " I thought the story's concept was extremely interesting, however, i believe it needed more substance in the story to keep in moving, and to back everything up. I would be nice to see gaps and more detail of the main character's problem and his interaction with Trapp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/15/2011

    " Classically likeable Louis Sachar, with the added bonus of schizophrenia and learning about bridge! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen S | 5/3/2011

    " Maybe I'll take up bridge..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 5/3/2011

    " After reading this I almost wish I played bridge. Also, competitive bridge players are insane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndy | 4/30/2011

    " Bridge - makes me want to play "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 4/30/2011

    " Not as fun and twisted as Holes. Not bad, either, but a lot of the subplots never really went anywhere... "

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About the Author
Author Louis SacharLouis Sachar is the award-winning and bestselling author of Holes (now a major motion picture), as well as Stanley Yelnats’ Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake, the Marvin Redpost series, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes, among many other stellar books.