The Champion’s Game has received a prestigious Kirkus Star in Kirkus Reviews!
Kirkus is notorious for their “tough” reviews They review about 100 children’s/teen books in every biweekly issue (out of the hundreds/thousands submitted) and only a few of those are “starred.” So this is a pretty big deal! Some review excerpts:
“An inspiring, true story.”
“A movie-ready narrative about how [Saul Ramirez]—a scrappy, dauntless Henderson Middle School art teacher—took a dozen students, most from underprivileged or lower-income backgrounds, to the 2015 National Chess Tournament and won. [The Champions’ Game] is a love letter to these students, to chess, and to El Paso.”
“Accessible for all readers, this story is a natural for the big screen: check and mate.”