By GreatSchools Staff
By Walter Dean Myers, read by Kevin R. Free
Ages: 10 and up
Winner of AudioFile magazine’s Earphones Award, The Cruisers: Checkmate, is the second book in Myers’ Cruisers series about a group of gifted middle school misfits in Harlem who bond over competitive chess. Myers has a subtle touch and is able to explore issues of peer pressure, drug use, and the power of the (school) press with grace. Narrator Kevin Free does a superb job of capturing the diversity of voices and personalities of the Cruisers kids, as well as the stern assistant principal, Mr. Culpepper.
Bottom line: An engrossing story that teaches significant life lessons without ever sermonizing.
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