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Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club
by Janet S. Wong
Order:  USA  Can
Margaret K. McElderry, 2004 (2004)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Alex loved to play chess when he was four years old. His mother even made him an edible chessboard. But playing with his 'next door neighbor's moldy old Uncle Hooya' put Alex off the game.

In third grade, for no particular reason, he decided to join the school chess club. 'Alex became a chess maniac, a grandmaster in the making - Grandmaster of the Chess Excuse', which worked every time. Then Alex played tournament chess (which is about 'soda pop and candy') and ended up playing against 'Little Hooya'.

Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club is a little silly but a lot of fun, and there must be a real Alex out there somewhere, playing chess and eating the pieces. Give the book to a budding chess enthusiast - they'll enjoy the story and eat up 'Alex's Top 10 Chess Tips' at the end.

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