Imagination Checkers—checkers like it has never been played before. Every afternoon, Cricket and Poppy dress up as a character and act before making a move on the checkerboard. Snake-charmers, rock stars, and astronauts are some of their favorites. But when Cricket finds Poppy unresponsive, will that mean no more games and costumes?

Just when Cricket’s hope is fading, she meets Kyle—a boy her age undergoing treatments on the hospital’s fifth floor. An instant friendship is formed as Cricket teaches him to play her favorite game: Imagination Checkers.

Frog hops, war stories, ninja moves, pillow fights, and royal ice cream sundaes are only some of the magical adventures Cricket and Kyle stumble into.

But will Kyle get well? And if he does, will Cricket ever see him again? And what about Poppy?

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