Chrystal Giles visits Phillips Middle School

Friday, March 3, 2023: Chrystal Giles is coming to Phillips Middle!

Important Info for Ordering:

  • Be sure to list your STUDENT'S NAME and TEACHER'S NAME in the order comments section during checkout.
  • The book will be personalized using the student's first name, unless you put a different request in the order comments section.
  • We will automatically apply a 10% discount to all books ordered for this event! We will manually apply the discount before we process it.
  • Under shipping options, choose "pick up at store" then pay online, and we'll deliver the books to Phillips; there are no shipping charges!
  • All orders must be received by noon Thursday, March 2.

Introducing a powerful novel about family, forgiveness, and figuring out who you are when you don’t make the rules—just right for middle-grade fans of Nic Stone and Jason Reynolds.

Lawrence is ready for a win...Nothing’s gone right for Lawrence since he had to move from Charlotte to Larenville, North Carolina, to live with his granny. When Lawrence ends up in one too many fights at his new school, he gets expelled. The fight wasn’t his fault, but since his pop’s been gone, it feels like no one listens to what Lawrence has to say. Instead of going to school, Lawrence starts spending his days at the rec center, helping out a neighbor who runs a chess program. Some of the kids in the program will be picked to compete in the Charlotte Classic chess tournament. Could this be Lawrence's chance to go home?

Lawrence doesn’t know anything about chess, but something about the center—and the kids there—feels right. Lawrence thought the game was over . . . but does he have more moves left than he thought?

Chrystal D. Giles is a champion for diversity and representation in children’s literature. She made her debut with Take Back the Block, which received multiple starred reviews and was an NPR Books We Love selection. Chrystal lives outside Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and son and is currently working on her next middle-grade novel.


Event date: 
Friday, March 3, 2023 - 8:30am
Event address: 
Phillips Middle School
606 N Estes Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Not an Easy Win By Chrystal D. Giles Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593175217
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 28th, 2023

Take Back the Block By Chrystal D. Giles Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593175200
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yearling - July 5th, 2022