The Queen of Chess: How Judit Polgár Changed the Game

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$18.99  $17.66
Little Bee Books
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8.95 X 11.21 X 0.36 inches | 0.86 pounds

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About the Author
Laurie Wallmark is an award-winning author of picture book biographies of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well as fiction. Her books have earned multiple starred trade reviews, been chosen as Junior Library Guild Selections, and received awards such as Outstanding Science Trade Book, Best STEM Book, Crystal Kite Award, Cook Prize Honor, and Parents' Choice Gold Award. Laurie has an MFA in writing for children and young adults and was formerly a software engineer and computer science professor. She lives in NJ with her husband and has two grown daughters.

For half the year, Stevie Lewis travels out of her van, furthering her passion for art and the outdoors. She is also an avid hiker and rock climber. After working in animation, she now illustrates children's books including Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack. She currently lives in Northern Arizona with her partner and two dogs.
From the intriguing jacket art onward, viewers will be drawn to the many moods expressed in Lewis' handsome, occasionally amusing illustrations. Wallmark, whose previous picture-book biographies include Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine (2015) and Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code (2017), has a knack for making her subjects accessible to kids. Dispelling the notion that women are inferior chess players, this biographical picture book spotlights a triumphant child/heroine.-- "Booklist"
The charming, chalk-like digital illustrations show a girl with a passion and focus on her craft, displaying how ordinary her life was outside of the world of competitive chess playing. Polgár was a girl who loved swimming, cracking jokes, and spending time with her sisters, even as she was becoming a rising star in the chess world. The picture book style of the biography turns the story into something of a fairy tale.-- "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"