How to Survive a Boring Summer

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When Randall and his friend Max start a chess club in the park to keep busy during the summer, there are unexpected benefits for the community, in the companion book to The Hero of Third Grade.

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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.

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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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