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  • By Teresa Ficaretta
    Apr 5, 2010
    Knight Swam is a delightful young adult book by talented writer Katya Lezin. The title is an acronym used by competitive scrabble players, and the story revolves around teens who join their school’s Scrabble club. The main character, Drew, is one of those smart, nerdy kids who is picked on by the more popular jocks in his school. Scrabble Club becomes a refuge for Drew, a place where it is all right for him to be smart. Readers will enjoy watching Drew regain his self-esteem as he and the school’s Scrabble team attend Scrabble tournaments and Drew discovers his competitive Scrabble abilities. Drew finds a mentor in the club’s faculty adviser, Mr. Springer, who introduces Drew to Lily, a Scrabble enthusiast who attends a different middle school. Some of the book’s most touching moments involve Lily and her brother Jeremy, an autistic young adult who is a Scrabble savant. Lily plays Scrabble once a week with Jeremy, who teaches her some amazing Scrabble moves. Those moves come in handy... More > when Lily becomes a last-minute substitute on Drew’s Scrabble team as they head to the National Scrabble Tournament. The book is a poignant reminder of how difficult it is to be a teenager, particularly for those young people who are not part of the popular crowd. The message of the book, however, is that smart kids will eventually rule the world if they can survive those difficult teen years. I recommend this easy-to-read book for teens, parents of teens, and anyone who enjoys a good game of Scrabble.< Less
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March 19, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.57 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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