From her first day in high school April knows she doesn't have what it takes to earn a college scholarship. She encounters a wise school counselor who turns her world upside down and begins to teach April invaluable life skills through a series of encounters...then everything begins to change for April.
In this moving tale based on true stories, you will learn how the game of chess can develop a strategic mind-set and produces the rare ability to graciously handle set-backs.
This success parable weaves powerful life lessons into a gripping story which you cannot set down. Discover the world beyond what you see and into the realm of possibilities.
National Master Elliott Neff is the founder of Chess4Life, which exists to help kids develop life skills through the game of chess. What began for Elliott as a childhood fascination with chess has blossomed into an opportunity to positively impact thousands of kids per week through Chess4Life programs. Elliott enjoys sharing his love of the game and especially the benefits of chess through speaking engagements, special appearances, simultaneous chess exhibitions, and even blindfold chess demonstrations. His enthusiasm for making a difference in kids' lives through this fun game is contagious as he makes strategic moves toward the goal of reaching 1 MILLION kids per week learning life skills through chess.
"Neff captures the spirit of our times- the search for justice, humanity, and excellence- within the metaphor of his area of expertise- chess. A book that will inspire kids of all ages to pursue their passions in the pursuit of a rewarding and giving life. - Romi Mahajan, CEO KKM Group, Director Blueprint, Author, Marketer, Activist
"A Pawn's Journey is a delightful story which imparts wisdom on many levels. The attentive reader is inspired and learns what it takes to develop a more noble character." - David Giannini, CFP(R), Private Asset Management
"Elliott Neff wrote a 'feel good' book that contains a roadmap to help you in your life. A bonus is that he shows the game of chess to be exciting and dramatic. Very nice!" - Gary Sirak, Author of The American Dream Revisited
"A Pawn's Journey follows the main character, April, from learning the rules of chess to valued high school chess team member. Readers will cheer as April uses life lessons from chess at the state championship and on a life-changing STEM project, supported by a colorful cast of teammates, family members, and a chess master." - Dr. Alexey Root, author of Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators
"What can I possibly say that could communicate my assessment of Elliott Neff and his Chess Magic? His vision, enthusiasm, success and integrity have developed a mindset and an organization that is truly sensational. Whoever is exposed to his concepts and beliefs will be on a journey of success and validation of the human spirit." - John W Meisenbach, Chairman MCM