Title: Fried Liver
Genre: MG Contemporary
For the first time since his mom went AWOL, life is finally looking up for Mike McTavish. When he and his Air Force father land in Wichita, they meet a mysterious mutt. Mike's always wanted a dog, and in Sergeant he finds the first friend he won't have to leave.
Then Mike collides with quirky Carma, who appears and claims the dog, Woofus, belongs to her. She also claims to be the state's top chess player. The McTavish men are all about chess, and Mike's dad gives aid and comfort to the enemy by asking Carma to stay with them and attend chess camp while her mother is abroad. When it seems Mike's life can't get any worse, his mom shows up after three years. His dad sends her away, and Mike follows her on his bike and ends up in the hospital with a head injury. Carma makes a sacrificial move to help Mike reunite his parents, but it may be too late for these "gambit pawns" to save the game.