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"Across the Battlefield: A Pawn's Journey receives four stars. The story is well-told and the illustrations are absolutely beautifully done... For anyone wanting to teach chess to a young child or grand child, this is a good little book." - American Chess Magazine
"Across the Battlefield is a captivating tale and guide that could help young players learn and enjoy chess." - Kirkus Reviews
"Across the Battlefield: A Pawn's Journey is a lovely story, beautifully written and enchantingly illustrated, that will appeal to many children - especially, but not only, girls - aged from about 6 or 7 upwards...many children will, understandably, fall in love with the book, and, perhaps, be hooked on chess for life as a result." - British Chess News
"Across the Battlefield combines chess themes with a story crafted for emerging chess beginners and non-chess players to understand. Readers will learn important life lessons using the elements of chess through an engaging adventure about how even a tiny pawn can make a colossal difference, even without becoming a Queen. On the grand scale, Jonathan Ferry's book illustrates the importance of seeing the larger picture in life, that all of us contribute to society regardless of our background. Simply a pleasant read, with amazing art accommodating the narrative." - Jarred Tetzlaff, CEO - Texas Chess Center
"Across the Battlefield is a truly unique book for many reasons, but the fact that it tackles chess both as a moral journey and a subject of study is distinctive. With practical details on the application of technique in relation to the plot on each page, this story has all the information needed for someone ready to begin their own journey into chess. In Across the Battlefield, Ferry and Zina have created a whimsical, sparkling story that conveys the beauty of chess in all respects." - Adaa Rahul, Her Move Next
"Across the Battlefield: A Pawn's Journey is entertaining and instructional. Vivid illustrations contribute to the story's appeal to young players. They are mesmerizing and help tell a convincing story about being timid but brave when facing what appears to be overwhelming obstacles... It's a heartwarming story that young readers will want to read again and again, and families and friends will enjoy watching their reactions every time too." - Ray Linville, Editor - Chess.com
"In this enchanting children's story, we follow the adventures of Prunella the pawn, as she attempts to fulfil her dream of becoming a queen... Beautifully written throughout, this is truly a work that will capture the imagination of players (& readers) young and old alike.
Across the Battlefield also sets out chess tips which will be useful to those starting out. These cover a range of topics including castling, controlling the centre, 'making all of your pieces happy, ' pawn chains and square control. These aren't fully comprehensive, textbook style, nor are they intended to be - but they are enough to get a new player thinking, which is clearly the aim of the book.
Jonathan Ferry has a real talent as a teacher and as a writer... I would recommend gifting Across the Battlefield in combination with a standard introductory chess book. The two together would give a new young player a lot of enjoyment and - with a bit of luck - a lifelong love of chess." - Ben Graff, English Chess Federation