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(Free read ebook) The Kings Are Already Here

The Kings Are Already Here Garret Freymann-Weyr ePub | *DOC | audiobook | ebooks | Download PDF

#4455746 in Books 2003-04-22 2003-04-22Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 8.25 x .87 x 5.50l, #File Name: 0618263632160 pages | File size: 41.Mb Garret Freymann-Weyr : The Kings Are Already Here before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised The Kings Are Already Here: 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Chess boy meets ballet girl in a short but brilliant bookBy Jane CronkhiteThis book is unlike any YA novel I have read. It is incredibly well-written, very literary, and still accessible


to a wide variety of readers because the main characters are a boy and a girl, and because it's so short.Phebe Knight is training to be a ballerina. Normally she's very dedicated, but lately she has trouble concentrating. Her teachers and mother decide a change of scenery may help, and they send her to Geneva, Switzerland to stay with her father for three months. Phebe's father is a diplomat, and this is how Phebe meets Nikolai.Nikolai is a fifteen year old chess genius who has recently become estranged from his father who pushed him to extremes to be able to win and make money. Nikolai left his father to pursue his freedom and to study chess with the legendary, elusive, unstable Stas Vlajnik. Phebe is unsuccessful in her desire to focus on ballet, but she becomes, possibly for the first time, genuinely caring towards others. She finally begins to accept things about her father, and spends all her time with Nikolai, studying chess, how he thinks, and trying to help him find Vlajnik.The second half of the book is spent all over Europe as they travel from chess tournaments searching for Vlajnik. The developments in the characters are nuanced and beautifully and truthfully written. When I finished this book I wanted to read everything by the author, and read up more on chess.6 of 6 people found the following review helpful. Elegant and SophisticatedBy A CustomerI adored this book. Both the characters and the places they go to are beautifully and intricately described. I loved being taken from the dance studio in New York to Switzerland and then all over on a European odyssey to find the chess Grandmaster. I knew almost nothing about chess or ballet before I read Kings and I learned so much. I could feel the tension at the barre and the chess table even though I am neither a dancer nor a chess player. The relationship between Phebe and Kolya is so complicated and fragile. I really wanted there to be romance between the two of them, but somehow it's all the more interesting that there isn't. The only thing I am sincerely hoping for is that the author will write a sequel. I am too in love with the characters not to know what happens next. Both young and old will find this a wonderful story. I highly recommend it for anyone. As a p.s., I think this would make a gorgeous movie...3 of 5 people found the following review helpful. The Kings Are Already AsleepBy A CustomerAfter reading My Heartbeat, a quick and enjoyable, though easy, read, I was expecting a similar quality out of The Kings Are Already Here. I wanted to like the characters; I wanted to feel for their situations. Yet they seemed so two-dimensional: Phebe questioning her ballet, Nikolai searching for a lost chess master. They didn't seem to have any other qualities, and I couldn't feel any sympathy for them. In other words, I guess they just seemed bland. Pencilled outlines on paper.The story itself was equally uncompelling, although perhaps I just wasn't the right reader for the book's story line. I found myself finding excuses not to pick up the book and keep reading, always a bad sign. I never finished it.When Ms. Freymann-Weyr's next book comes out, I hope to find myself drawn to it as I was to My Heartbeat. Yet there are different books for different people, and perhaps I simply wasn't the right person for The Kings Are Already Here. Phebe Knight is training to become a ballerina. At fifteen, she has never once questioned that this is the life she wants. But now, one year away from joining the Company, her mind begins to wander. She decides to spend the summer with her father, who lives in Switzerland, in the hope that a change of scene will bring her focus back to the barre.Nikolai Kotalev is a sixteen-year-old chess champion who has been befriended by Phebes father. Nikolai is looking for the chess teacher he needs: the legendary Stas Vlajnik. Nikolais attention never wanders. He plays beautiful chess and wants to learn from Stas how to become a grandmaster capable of both grace and speed.Phebe, who knows what it means to follow ones obsessions, organizes a search to help Nikolai find the elusive Stas. They travel across Europe with Phebes father and his girlfriend, hunting for Stas in all the places where chesss elegant patterns live. Phebe and Nikolai study each others obsessions to find the lives they want.The Kings Are Already Here explores the limits of what one is willing to pay for perfection and beauty. From School Library JournalGrade 7 Up-When Phebe, 15, begins to question her single-minded pursuit of becoming a ballerina, she decides to visit her father in Switzerland. Instead of being a trip to refocus her energy on dance, it evolves into a journey to define herself and her goals. In Geneva, she meets Nikolai Kotalev, an equally dedicated and determined teen whose passion is chess. Her father and his girlfriend have taken the young man under their protective wing and are encouraging his desire to be grandmaster. However, in Nikolai's mind, the only way for him to improve is to be taught by the legendary grandmaster, Stas Vlajnik. Thus the four begin a trek across Europe to various exhibitions and tournaments to find the elusive Vlajnik. This is a beautifully written book about two young people who, until now, have never questioned their chosen careers. More than just a physical journey, the story also follows the spiritual odyssey that both characters undertake. It allows Phebe to grow and change, and it cements Nikolai's devotion to chess. The book also emphasizes the price one must pay for such obsessions. An entertaining read for all young adults, but especially for those seeking answers to life's complex questions.Sharon Morrison, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OKCopyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.From BooklistGr. 7-10. In My Heartbeat, this year's Books for Youth Top of the List winner, Freymann-Weyr focused on the intensity of relationships. Intense emotions are at work here, too, but they are not directed at people. Phebe has devoted her life to ballet, and Nikolai to chess. They meet when Phebe, curious to see if she can let anything else into her life, goes to Geneva to spend the summer with her father, Clarence, who heads an international refugee agency. Clarence has taken in 16-year-old Nikolai, deserted by his bullying father after Nikolai chose another coach--who then left Nikolai in the


lurch. The story, long and convoluted as it follows Phebe, Nikolai, and Clarence and his lady friend in search of the elusive coach, is only a framework for the psychological battle that rages in Phebe and Nikolai as they engage their obsessions. Freymann-Weyr's writing can be as elegant as a beautifully played chess game or a perfect pas de deux, and Phebe and Nikolai's alternating monologues are sophisticated riffs showing flashes of both the characters' brilliance and the author's capabilities. Yet, the characters essentially live inside their own heads, with emotions and needs that won't always resonate with young teens. Readers who are willing to stick with the story, however, will find something of substance and, like Phebe and Nikolai, perhaps discover options for their own lives unfolding before them. Ilene CooperCopyright American Library Association. All rights reserved An intense, contrapuntal novel of exquisite intelligence and sensitivity. Kirkus s, StarredAs in her My Heartbeat, Freymann-Weyr creates charming, intellectual characters, and the issues with which her protagonists struggle are complex and cerebral Publishers Weekly, StarredA book likely to strike a chord with some advanced younger readers as well as Freymann-Weyrs regular fans, this is a thoughtful exploration of youthful dedication. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Booksthe remarkably lucid exposition of the characters internal epiphanies, are what weve come to expect from FreymannWeyr, who has invented a whole new language to describe the pangs of coming of age. Horn BookFreymann-Wyers writing can be as elegant as a beautifully played chess game or perfect pas de deux. Booklist, ALA"...Freymann-Weyr captures both the dedication and the insecurities that accompany teenagers who find themselves in situations like Phebe's and Nikolai's." VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

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