It’s Randall’s first summer in a new town, and it’s looking like the next few months are going to be pretty boring. But once he and some friends start a chess club, Randall begins to change his mind about his new home. That is until Birdman, a grumpy old man who hangs out in the park where the Checkmate Squad meets to play, tries to interfere. and Gordo, the class bully, threatens to ruin everything. How could Randall’s summer have gone so quickly from drop dead dull to disastrous? Randall and his new friends return for more adventures in this companion book to The Hero of Third Grade (ISBN-13: 978-0-8234-1745-2 | $25.95)
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Cynthia Fisher has illustrated more than thirty books for young readers. Booklist said her illustrations for The Hero of Third Grade “capture the intrigue and chaos of a grade-school classroom.”Cynthia Fisher has illustrated "Can You Guess Where We're Going?" by Elvira Woodruff and other books for young readers. She lives in Charlemont, Massachusetts.
Alice DeLaCroix is the author of a middle grade novel for children, Mattie's Whisper, also The Hero of Third Grade, which Booklist found "funny" and "ingenious." She lives in Penfield, New York.
A newcomer to Rushport, third-grader Randall worries that summer vacation won't be as fun as back home. Then he decides to start a chess club. It takes work—recruiting members, finding a meeting place, teaching the game—but the Checkmate Squad is eventually born. That's great, but what can he do about the ornery elderly man who is always in the park when the club meets, and about the class troublemaker, Gordo? In straightforward, conversational prose, accompanied by occasional black-and-white sketches, this lively novel highlights community building and the rewards of inclusive and cross-generational relationships. Readers who liked previous books about Randall won't be disappointed, and young chess players will appreciate seeing their activity finally given some attention. Appended are the two chess resources DeLaCroix used and "Randall's Guide to Chess," which explains board setup and the pieces. Rosenfeld, Shelle
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