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The summer after junior year of high school looks bleak for Alton
Richards. His girlfriend has dumped him to hook up with his best
friend. He has no money and no job. His parents insist that he
drive his great-uncle Lester to his bridge club four times a week
and be his cardturner -- whatever that means. Alton''s uncle is
old, blind, very sick, and very rich. But Alton''s parents aren''t
the only ones trying to worm their way into Lester Trapp''s good
graces. They''re in competition with his longtime housekeeper, his
alluring young nurse, and the crazy Castaneda family, who seem to
have a mysterious influence over him.
Alton soon finds himself intrigued by his uncle, by the game of
bridge, and especially by the pretty and shy Toni Castaneda. As the
summer goes on, he struggles to figure out what it all means, and
ultimately to figure out the meaning of his own life. Through
Alton''s wry observations, Louis Sachar explores the disparity
between what you know and what you think you know. With his
incomparable flair and inventiveness, he examines the elusive
differences between perception and reality -- and inspires readers
to think and think again.