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Chess Rumble

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  275 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Three moves is all it takes to change the outcome of the game.

In Marcus's world, battles are fought everyday on the street, at home, and in school. Angered by his sister's death and his father's absence, and pushed to the brink by a bullying classmate, Marcus fights back with his fists.

One punch away from being kicked out of school and his home, Marcus encounters CM, an un
Hardcover, 62 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Lee & Low Books
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Chess Rumble is the story of Marcus, a young kid having trouble controlling his anger in the face of what seems like unending problems. His little twin brothers keep causing trouble for him, his principal has it out for him, his former friend Latrell keeps pushing his buttons trying to rile him up. He's got nowhere for that anger and frustration to go except into fighting. One day instead of sending him to detention (for the thousandth time), the principal sends him to the library to play chess ...more
Jan 04, 2010 rated it liked it
I checked this out of the library expecting a comic. It WAS shelved with the comics and graphic novels after all. That's not what I got. It's illustrated, and there's an ongoing narrative, but I think it's a poem. The naration appeared in verse, anyway, and I found that distracting. Not rhyme, just verse, in columns on the pages.

Anyone could see where this was going. A young man, living in a bad neighborhood, loses a sister and his father in very quick succesion. He becomes a discipline problem,
Dec 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I work for the St. Louis City Family Court as a psychologist (31 years!), and as such have been priveleged to meet kids (mostly African-American) from poor, gang-infested, drug-infested neighborhoods in which life is cheap; most are from single-parent families and have lots of problems in school (Don't get me started on the St. Louis Public School System, it ain't pretty). I also have loved Chess, been playing since I was nine. I've taught a lot of kids to play this game, and have tried to impar ...more
Nov 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 in a way that's reminiscent of Walter Dean Myers. Neri's main character, Marcus, is a young man dealing with family troubles and fights at school, until he meets a powerful mentor and learns to fight his battles on a chessboard instead.

This novella in verse is full of language that's vivid and accessible, and Jesse Joshua Watson's illustrati
Thomas Johnson
It was a goooooooooood book
Carlos G
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this book is ight ig i mean i kinda can relate to this but its an amazing book the images are good and the details are amazing , alot of kids can be just like this and not have a dad the good part about it is that it shows a lesson to always have a good mind set and to never take your anger out on anyone and possibly ruin there day
Short, in-verse novel about learning to tame anger and impulse through the game of chess.
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Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read this book to my summer class ages ranged from 11-13 and they were really engrossed. It is a very intriguing book and young minds would definitely enjoy it.
Kayla Leitschuh
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Interesting lyrical book about how Chess helps one kid deal with anger issues.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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I’m not sure what to make of this book because it has pictures but it’s not in a traditional graphic novel format. It’s also in free verse which made it really easy and fast to read. It’s such an easy read that I read it in an hour. Ironically, because it was so easy to read, I don’t know how to feel about it. I thought the story was okay, not extraordinary, but good nonetheless. The story is a bit predictable but there’s nothing about it that really bugged me or surprised me. It’s obvious the p ...more
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G. NERI is the Coretta Scott King honor winning author of YUMMY: THE LAST DAYS OF A SOUTHSIDE SHORTY. He is also the recipient of the International Reading Association's Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award for his debut book CHESS RUMBLE. His latest novel GHETTO COWBOY won an ALA Odyssey Honor and the Horace Mann Upstanders Award. His work has been honored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and t ...more
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