ONLY 64 pages but packed with plot and characters. This is a great read for older boys with lower reading skills. This story was inspired by the challenges of growing up in the inner-city. Chess Rumble follows Marcus, a boy who is angered by the death of his sister, the absence of his father and the stress of a bullying classmate. He's one punch away from being kicked out of school and his home when we finds an unlikely mentor and medium in the game of Chess.
I love the analogy Chess Rumble explores: using the strategic game Chess to help young people see they need to anticipate and calculate their moves through life. A very empowering book!
This book easily lends itself to a book club activity. It would be great to learn some real strategies and let the boys play Chess with each other.