Chess Rumble

By The Brown Bookshelf

I wish there were books like this when I was a kid. And I gotta give G. Neri his props for so successfully capturing the voice of a troubled 11-year-old, African American male from the hood. Marcus’ language is street, conversational and real. He talks just like I did at 11-years-old, and often still do. Watson’s acrylic illustrations are strong and bold, full of emotion, and have a graphic art quality about them.