The Fingertips of
Three students with different struggles and backgrounds meet and compete in a high-stakes Scrabble tournament.
Hoping Nate will avenge his former tournament loss, Nate's father constantly pressures Nate to win at all costs.
April's family rushes from sports practice to game to match for her siblings, and no one has a lot of time for her interest in words or her competition preparation.
Duncan has recently discovered a minor super power - he can "read" words with his fingers, without needing to look with his eyes. An unscrupulous friend thinks this is a great talent for Scrabble matches, so Duncan joins the school Scrabble squad and learns how to play the game.
I like stories about exceptional people with ethical quandaries, and this book offers exactly that. I'm not convinced it has a wide audience, but the people who find it and love it are likely to want to re-visit it. It's another book offering word love to readers through the pretense of the story, but they are preparing for a Scrabble competition, so it is forgivable. The interesting part of this story is not the contest itself, but the intensity of preparation, and the choices we make when we want something desperately - maybe for good reasons, or maybe for bad ones.
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