The Queen of Katwe

The Queen of Katwe

A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming A Grandmaster

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Based on a popular ESPN magazine article selected by Dave Eggers for The Best American Nonrequired Reading and a finalist for a National Magazine Award, the inspiring true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenage chess prodigy from the slums of Kampala, Uganda.PHIONA MUTESI sleeps in a decrepit shack with her mother and three siblings and struggles to find a single meal each day. Phiona has been out of school most of her life because her mother cannot afford it, so she is only now learning to read and write. Phiona Mutesi is also one of the best chess players in the world. One day in 2005, while searching for food, nine-year-old Phiona followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende, who had also grown up in the Kampala slums. Katende, a war refugee turned missionary, had an improbable dream: to empower kids through chess--a game so foreign there is no word for it in their native language. Laying a chessboard in the dirt of the Katwe slum, Robert painstakingly taught the game each day. When he left at night, slum kids played on with bottlecaps on scraps of cardboard. At first they came for a free bowl of porridge, but many grew to love chess, a game that--like their daily lives--means persevering against great obstacles. Of these kids, one stood out as an immense talent: Phiona. By the age of eleven Phiona was her country's junior champion and at fifteen, the national champion. In September 2010, she traveled to Siberia, a rare journey out of Katwe, to compete in the Chess Olympiad, the world's most prestigious team-chess event. Phiona's dream is to one day become a Grandmaster, the most elite title in chess. But to reach that goal, she must grapple with everyday life in one of the world's most unstable countries, a place where girls are taught to be mothers, not dreamers, and the threats of AIDS, kidnapping, and starvation loom over the people. Like Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon's The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, The Queen of Katwe is an intimate and heartrending portrait of human life on the poor fringes of the twenty-first century.

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Based on a popular ESPN Magazine article-optioned by Disney films, a finalist for a National Magazine Award and chosen by Dave Eggers for inclusion in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011-the astonishing true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenager from the slums of Kampala, Uganda, who-inspired by an unlikely mentor, a war refugee turned missionary-becomes an international chess champion.Phiona Mutesi sleeps in a decrepit shack with her mother and four siblings and struggles to find a single meal each day. Phiona has been in and out of school her whole life because her mother cannot afford it, so she is only now learning to read and write. Phiona Mutesi is also one of the best chess players in the world.      One day in 2005, while searching for food, nine-year-old Phiona followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende, another child of the Ugandan slums, who works for an American organization that offers relief and religion through sports. Robert introduced Phiona to the game of chess and soon recognized her immense talent. By the age of eleven Phiona was her country's junior chess champion and at fifteen, her country's national champion. In September of 2010 she traveled to Siberia, just her second time ever on an airplane, to compete in the Chess Olympiad, the world's most prestigious team chess event.     Phiona's dream is to one day become a grandmaster, the most elite title in chess, and to blaze a trail out of Katwe that other children in Robert's chess community can follow. But to reach that goal, she must grapple with everyday life in one of the world's most unstable countries, a place where girls are taught to be mothers, not dreamers, and the threats of AIDS, kidnapping, and starvation loom over the people of Katwe.     Acclaimed sports journalist Tim Crothers has written a riveting and inspiring account of one girl's improbable journey to becoming a chess champion. The Queen of Katwe will thrill every listener who loves a great underdog story.

Simon and Schuster
Based on a popular ESPN Magazine article—optioned by Disney films, a finalist for a National Magazine Award and chosen by Dave Eggers for inclusion in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011—the astonishing true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenager from the slums of Kampala, Uganda, who—inspired by an unlikely mentor, a war refugee turned missionary—becomes an international chess champion.

Phiona Mutesi sleeps in a decrepit shack with her mother and four siblings and struggles to find a single meal each day. Phiona has been in and out of school her whole life because her mother cannot afford it, so she is only now learning to read and write. Phiona Mutesi is also one of the best chess players in the world.

One day in 2005, while searching for food, nine-year-old Phiona followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende, another child of the Ugandan slums, who works for an American organization that offers relief and religion through sports. Robert introduced Phiona to the game of chess and soon recognized her immense talent. By the age of eleven Phiona was her country’s junior chess champion and at fifteen, her country’s national champion. In September of 2010 she traveled to Siberia, just her second time ever on an airplane, to compete in the Chess Olympiad, the world’s most prestigious team chess event.

Phiona’s dream is to one day become a grandmaster, the most elite title in chess, and to blaze a trail out of Katwe that other children in Robert’s chess community can follow. But to reach that goal, she must grapple with everyday life in one of the world’s most unstable countries, a place where girls are taught to be mothers, not dreamers, and the threats of AIDS, kidnapping, and starvation loom over the people of Katwe.

Acclaimed sports journalist Tim Crothers has written a riveting and inspiring account of one girl’s improbable journey to becoming a chess champion. The Queen of Katwe will thrill every listener who loves a great underdog story.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2012
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781442356115
1442356111
9781451659214
1451659210
9781451657821
145165782X
9781451657814
1451657811
Branch Call Number: 794.1092 C884q
Characteristics: 232 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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JudithE
Oct 22, 2016

Loved it. I was inspired to watch youtube videos about her. And, not in the book, she gets to fulfil a dream of a house for herself and her family. I was *so happy* to learn that.

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ownedbydoxies
Mar 06, 2013

Incredible how some people are forced to live their lives in this world. Also incredible the amount of raw talent and intelligence that must be missed among these people for want of opportunity. In this case one chess club in a slum uncovered several rough diamonds. The focus is primarily on the girl Phiona, and her rise from extreme poverty with little or no chance of an education or even basic survival into one of the world's most talented chess players. Excellent book.

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Bill_R
Dec 17, 2012

An amazing story of how human talent can rise given a half a chance. It's a revelation to read how large numbers of people live in parts of the world (reaffirms how truly blessed we are). You get a glimpse of our world through the eyes of a young girl taking her first ride in a motor vehicle outside of her Ugandan slum to a chess match in a hotel with restaurants.

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savtadina
Dec 03, 2012

The story of Phiona Mutesi and her rise to being the top woman chess player in Uganda is riveting. She and her family struggle to get enough to eat and often are locked out of their shack because they cannot pay the rent in the slum where she lives. Robert Katende is the man who finds a way to reach these children. The book is written in a very choppy manner but I hope that many learn about these amazing children and the man who has helped them find a different future. Phiona spoke on the East Coast the end of Nov, 2012 and soon may be hitting national news. All the best to her and her peers.

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