Chess Rumble

By Kate Messner

G. Neri’s Chess Rumble is appealing to reluctant readers, especially boys, on a number of levels. Neri nails the voice of a boy growing up in the inner city . . . This novella in verse is full of language that’s vivid and accessible, and Jesse Joshua Watson’s illustrations in shades of black, brown, and gray help to set the mood. This one has serious kid-appeal – not just for the kids who already love to read but for those who don’t often find books on the library shelves that seem to be written for them. This one is.
Kate Messner
Author, Spitfire