A novel about a king, a queen and a joker; The Cardturner is Louis Sachar’s first book in four years and it does not disappoint. When Alton Richards gets forced by his parents to be his very rich and very blind Uncles ‘cardturner’ at the local bridge club, he realises his summer isn’t exactly going to go as planned. His girlfriend has left him…for his best friend, and he’s spending most of his time around people four times his age. The appearance of the mysterious Toni Castaneda helps make life a little more interesting as before he even realises it, Alton slowly gets drawn into the world of bridge as he gets to know his Uncle Lester Trapp over countless hands of cards. A family with perhaps more than their fair of skeletons, this is more than just a story of a teenager but years of convoluted family history. Alton is right that this summer isn’t turning out as expected, though perhaps that might actually turn into the best thing that’s happened in awhile. Recommended for 13+. HB $25.