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The King's Gambit Paperback – October 29, 2012
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There were a couple points where I thought the characters stepped out of voice briefly, but in retrospect, that deviation into unexpected maturity is typical of real middle-schoolers -- kids through and through, and yet capable of surprisingly well-formed thought at times, if learning to think has been part of their education all along. I think John McNichol gets criticized for writing characters who probe deeply into higher things, but, well, that's what young people do. It's refreshing to see an action story that doesn't just hint at bigger questions and settle for vague platitudes, but really digs into serious thought.
Great story. Loved it. If you're looking for a gift for a youngster, this is a great bet.