How to Survive a Totally Boring Summer by Alice DeLaCroix. A new school year is almost ready to start – you’ve had all summer – did you do what you planned at the beginning? Randall and his new best friend, Max, come up with some great ideas for the summer. But their best idea, forming a chess club called the Checkmate Club, turns into a special community project with seniors. If you enjoy playing chess or have always wanted to learn how to play, this is the book for you.