The Cardturner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker by Louis Sacha
The author of Holes wrote this book because he wanted young people to start playing bridge, and to think of it as more than just a card game for old people. I think he did a good job. The story is of a teenage boy, Alton, whose uncle has recently become blind, and needs a cardturner for his bridge game. Through this experience, Alton learns to play. There's also a little mystery and a little romance involved. Occasionally, Alton explains parts of how to play, so the reader gets enough of an idea that it might be fun to try. Of course, bridge requires four players... Anyway, I enjoyed it and it makes me miss playing cards in the back of Ms. G's Spanish class.