The Kings Are Already Here by Garret Freymann-Weyr

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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 Phebe’s father. Nikolai is looking for the chess teacher he needs: the legendary Stas Vlajnik. Nikolai’s 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 one’s obsessions, organizes a search to help Nikolai find the elusive Stas. They travel across Europe with Phebe’s father and his girlfriend, hunting for Stas in all the places where chess’s elegant patterns live. Phebe and Nikolai study each other’s 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.

About Garret Freymann-Weyr

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\Garret Freymann-Weyr grew up in New York City and often sets her books there. She went to college at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and received an MFA in film from New York University. She has written four books for young adults, including My Heartbeat, which won a Printz Honor for excellence in literature for young adults. Her books have been published in numerous countries including the Netherlands, Japan, and China. She currently lives outside Washington, D. C., with her husband. She has said that the best way to get ideas is to read a lot. “That gets you thinking in terms of story, character, and image.
Published April 22, 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 160 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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The first-person narrative shifts from Phebe to Kolya: Phebe understands her body but not the world;

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Convinced that only a former world champion named Stas can turn him into a grandmaster, Nikolai has, at Stas's insistence, extradited himself from his overbearing father—only to have Stas disappear.

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