In Grandmaster, Freshman Daniel Pratzer gets a chance to prove himself when the chess team invites him and his father to a weekend-long parent-child tournament. Daniel, thinking that his father is a novice, can’t understand why his teammates want so badly for them to participate. Then he finds out the truth: as a teen, his father was one of the most promising young players in America, but the pressures of the game pushed him too far, and he had to give up chess to save his own life and sanity. Now, 30 years later, Mr. Pratzer returns to the game to face down an old competitor and the same dark demons that lurk in the corners of a mind stretched by the demands of the game. Uncovering secrets about his father, Daniel is forced to make some surprising moves himself.
The novel has been praised by U.S critics.
“Daniel learns something about the nature of competition and the values he and his father need to hold dearest in this emotionally taut story,” said a Publishers Weekly starred review.
Booklist called Klass’s writing “fast-paced” and “inspired,” while The Miami Herald praised the book as “truly intelligent storytelling for teens.”
“Incredibly original, vitally important, and one hell of a ride,” said bestselling American author David Baldacci.
David Klass is the author of several novels for the YA readership, including You Don’t Know Me, Dark Angel and The Caretaker Trilogy. He has also written several Hollywood screenplays, including 1997’s Kiss the Girls.
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