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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 09/08/2011
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When Alton's ageing, blind uncle asks him to attend bridge games with him, he agrees. After all, it's better than a crappy summer job in the local shopping mall, and Alton's mother thinks it might secure their way to a good inheritance sometime in the future. But, like all apparently casual choices in any of Louis Sachar's wonderful books, this choice soon turns out to be a lot more complex than Alton could ever have imagined. As his relationship with his uncle develops, and he meets the very attractive Toni, deeply buried secrets are uncovered and a romance that spans decades is finally brought to conclusion. Alton's mother is in for a surprise!

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408808511
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 244 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Louis Sachar is one of the few masters of American fiction' * Independent on Sunday *
`This is Sachar, owner of the most distinctive, clever, funny, philosophical voice in children's fiction . . . a whale symbol on the page warns of forthcoming bridge analysis, which the readers can skip if they want. But they probably won't. Because this is Sachar' * The Telegraph *
`In Alton Richards, Sachar has created a credible and funny teenage lead . . . The human drama is gripping' * Financial Times *
`The genius of Sachar's prose is that it's so plain and unshowy you don't notice the daredevil artistry of his storytelling until it's too late. You don't know you've been cut in half until you try to walk away . . . As Uncle Lester might say, nicely played, Louis' * Frank Cottrell Boyce, Guardian *

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“Amazing”

I know nothing about bridge. This book is immense however. You must read this its even better, then there is a boy in the girls bathroom. He has this secert code which allows the reader to skip the bridge parts,... More

Paperback edition
23rd June 2012
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“By Hannah, age 12”

This book had a remarkable story line that, in some places, is quite hard to get your head around. It was very addictive and I loved the way it wasn't too descriptive. It bought out Alton's feelings very... More

Hardback edition
19th February 2011
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“The most satisfying read I've had in ages!”

Louis Sachar is a great writer, a really great writer. The only reason he's not widely recognised in the adult world is that he chooses to write about young people - but that shouldn't stop adults reading... More

Hardback edition
28th May 2010
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