Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Louis Sachar's The Cardturner
The more time the spend together, the more Alton learns about his uncle, and the game of bridge. His uncle's previous card turner, Toni, soon works her way into the picture and Alton is left with more questions about the girl from the family who are all "crazy". But the more Alton learns about Toni, the less crazy he thinks she is, and maybe there is something more to her oddness.
A good book for teens about relationships and family situations. It is also teaches about respect and that even adults are lacking in that department when you start to really pay attention to Alton's family. I have to admit, I did find the focus on the card game a little distracting from the story, but it also played a very intricate part of the storyline. Take your time with this one, trying not to give up to soon, because it does have a good message worth sharing.
Ages 12 and up. Clean.
- Mrs. Daugherty