Curiosity

By BLACKWOOD, Gary

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ISBN
9780803739246
Publisher
Dial


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on March 1, 2014  |  Grades 5-8

Gr 5–8—Following his beloved father's incarceration in debtor's prison, 12-year-old Rufus finds himself penniless on the streets of Philadelphia in 1835, with not much more than a preternatural command of chess. Rescued from a refuge house by a mysterious Frenchman, he is thrust into service as the operator of The Turk, an automaton chess player that has dazzled audiences and mystified skeptics ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on April 1, 2014

It's 1835 in the bustling city of Philadelphia, and Rufus, an undersized twelve-year-old hunchback, is in dire straits with his minister-turned-naturalist father now in debtors' prison and no foreseeable means of sustenance. But Rufus is a chess prodigy, and a fateful turn of events takes him out of the orphanage and into the patronage of Johann Maelzel, owner of the Turk, a world-renowned chess...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

In 1835, Rufus, twelve-year-old hunchback and chess prodigy, is taken in by Johann Maelzel, owner of the Turk, a chess-playing...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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