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Children’s Book Committee – May Pick

May 14, 2014


by David Klass
Farrar Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers

When chess teammates invite a novice player to a father-son weekend tournament, he discovers his father’s dark secret and much more.

Our young reviewer says:

Last year during seventh grade, every day I played chess against one kid. Each day was a new game and with each game both I and my opponent improved. Having this knowledge of the game of chess helped me to understand Grandmaster more in depth. That was the part of Grandmaster that was really special and the thing that appealed most to me. I spent a year playing chess, and now having a book that revolves around chess made me relate and feel like I was a part of the book. The part of the book that I didn’t like was the way that David Klass tried to weave in romance. It didn’t really fit with all the themes and events. The book as a whole would have been better without the extra storyline.

-Adam, Age 14, Highland Park, NJ

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