Reader: Aiden J.
Author: David Klass
Publisher: Farrar Strauss Giroux
Pub Date: 02/25/14
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: I think the author did a great job at forming the characters. Instead of having the characters being very bland and boring, he was able to make them into real people. The way the characters grow and change was also very dynamic. The author was also able to keep it interesting throughout the whole book. You couldn't tell what the next page was going to bring.
Memorable or Forgettable: One of the qualities that made it memorable is how the author was able to portray the importance of family. Another quality was how he was able to bring the reader into the mind of the main character.
Cover: The cover made me want to pick up the book, but it only kind of reflects the book. The chess pieces were good, because that was the main focus, but there is a sad looking boy on the cover, and there were not any prominent sad parts in the book.
Age Range: 12-17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
tags: realistic fiction / competitive chess / ya lit