Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Cruisers: Checkmate

The Cruisers: Checkmate
Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-
New York : Scholastic, 2011.
133 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.

Reading level: Ages 10-14
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0439916275
ISBN-13: 978-0439916271

In the second book of the CRUISERS series, Walter Dean Myers explores the world of competitive chess as seen through the eyes of a group of middle school misfits.
Sidney Aronofsky is one of the best chess players under age 16 in both the city and the country. When he's arrested for trying to buy drugs, it comes as a total surprise to those who know him. The expectations of parents, schools, and tutors pressure the young players. Sidney loves and wants to play chess, but dislikes the constant spotlight. He thinks that if he appears to be involved in drugs or a troublemaker he will be excused from playing on the school's team. In this book Zander and his crew is back, using the Cruiser school newspaper express their frustrations and triumphs.

Four middle-schoolers who publish an alternative newspaper at their Harlem academy for gifted students investigate why a classmate--one of the best chess players in New York City--was caught trying to buy drugs.

About the Author
Walter Dean Myers is the critically acclaimed NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of more than eighty books for children and young adults. His award-winning body of work includes SUNRISE OVER FALLUJAH, FALLEN ANGELS, MONSTER, SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS, SLAM!, JAZZ, and HARLEM. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honors and five Coretta Scott King Awards. In addition, he is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. Mr. Myers lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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