2013 Sakura Medal Books

The Cardturner by Louis Sachar


The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

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3 thoughts on “The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

  1. I know nothing about playing cards, let alone to know the rules. When I chose this book, I thought it would be hard for me to understand the terms of playing cards. It turned out that the main character does not know how to play cards as well. I thought that would help me to understand the book since the author uses simple language to explain how the cards are used in this game.
    I feel the pressure to be the cardturner when I don’t know anything about the game. I can understand the pressure that Alton felt since he had to be his uncle’s cardturner.
    Overall, I thought the book was brilliant in explaining the rules of playing cards to reader like me. Everyone who doesn’t know about playing cards should read The Cardturner.

  2. If you’re a Holes fan and are yearning to read more Louis Sachar- I don’t know if I’d read this book. The book tells the story of a 17-uear old boy who learns to play the game of bridge by turning cards for his blind uncle. The author uses an attractive device to signal readers when it’s time to skip a section that talks in-depth of the rules of Bridge if their only interested in the story, but I found it difficult to skip the sections just in case some valuable information that would help me understand the story would be there.

    Similarly to Holes, Mr. Sachar tells the tale of a teen that receives a message from an ancestor. In this story, the young man meets and becomes close with his great uncle and learns to play Bridge with him despite his uncle’s sightlessness.

    The book is very linear and written with simple language. The book would be ideal for readers who struggle with vocabulary and want to enjoy a simple story rather than focus on the complex writing styles and intricate vocabulary that many authors use.

    aka “Card Games for Dummies”
    As the plot progressed, Louis Sachar explained in easy, understandable, and fun language the rules of what seemed to me the most complicated card game to ever exist: bridge. The Cardturner is your typical ‘zero-to-hero’, where the protagonist goes from knowing squat about card games to getting heavily involved in bridge competitions with his uncle Lester. Despite it being somewhat predictable, this book is funny, exciting, and definitely worth reading.

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