Tani and his family fled Boko Haram's reign of terror in Nigeria to come to the United States, where they lived in a New York City homeless shelter while waiting to be granted religious asylum. Tani began attending a public elementary school and decided he wanted to join the chess program, but it required a fee. Tani's mother reached out to the coach, who offered Tani a scholarship--and a year later the young immigrant became a chess champion.
Ideal for readers 8 to 12 years old, this adaptation presents compelling insight into:
- What it means to leave a comfortable home and move to a new country with nothing
- What it's like to live in America as a homeless family
- How it feels to be an outsider, a Nigerian, in a new school
- And what it means to learn a game, compete, and experience the thrill of winning