Friday, November 27, 2015

The Knights of the Square Table by Teri Kanefield

Genre: Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

From Goodreads:
Meet the Knights of the Square Table, San Francisco’s all-star chess team.
On their way home from a tournament in Europe, their plane makes a forced landing on a remote island in the North Atlantic.
Part survival story, part crime novel with a twist, here’s what happens when six teenagers act on their optimism and attempt the impossible.

My Thoughts:
Teri Kanefield is one of my new favorite authors. I have loved everything I have read that she has written. The story starts out very dramatic.  The Knights of the Square Table, a chess group is on a plane when it begins to experience problems.  The plane crashes on a snowy island about 200 miles off course. The brief description of what people were experiencing on the plane was so realistic that I felt I was on the plane as well.  The adults on this plane aren’t much help.  It is up to these chess champs to keep them all alive until they are rescued.  This is not the only problem they must solve. There is a problem of global proportion they must work on as well.  Like all of her books there is usually something to be learned.  I love the idea that my students will be able to see through this fiction that they can make changes in the world. After all, in our IB school we teach them to to be global students. I believe our students would be able to identify with these young people.

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