This just in: Louis Sachar has signed with Delacorte to publish his first YA novel since 2006's Small Steps. The new book, which will be out on May 11, 2010, is called The Cardturner and was inspired by Sachar's own love of bridge. In the novel, 17-year-old Alton is forced to accompany his uncle to a weekly bridge game and discovers a love of cards and a neighborhood girl. He also realizes his wealthy uncle has a secret.

I loved Sachar's Wayside School series as a preteen. Somehow it is reassuring to know that another generation of kids are getting their own dose of Sachar's inimitable imagination.

Related in BookPage: our 2006 interview with Louis Sachar on Small Steps

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