Chess not Checkers is a teen novel with adult adventures and situations.
The novel’s thrills happen in both urban and rural environments. A
twenty-year-old, Thaddeus Adams, is looking back to when he was a
self-described “nerd” who stood up to a brutal bully. Earl Jacobson is
gang affiliated and heartless, and he adds layers of difficulties to
Thaddeus’ life that no teen should have to endure. The challenges
require Thaddeus’ strategic planning which shears off layers of his nerd
qualities. At times, we see Thaddeus flat on his back, and at other
times we see him standing with confidence; he learns to depend on
family, community, and friends to survive. Chess not Checkers is sure to
become a teen classic.