Queen of Katwe: One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion

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The "astonishing" ( The New York Times Book Review) and "inspirational" ( Shelf Awareness) true story of Phiona Mutesi--a teenage chess prodigy from the slums of Uganda.
One day in 2005 while searching for food, nine-year-old Ugandan Phiona Mutesi followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende.
Katende, a war refugee turned missionary, had an improbable dream: to empower kids in the Katwe slum through chess--a game so foreign there is no word for it in their native language. Laying a chess-board in the dirt, Robert began to teach. At first children came for a free bowl of porridge, but many grew to love the game that--like their daily lives--requires persevering against great obstacles. Of these kids, one girl 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. Now a Woman Candidate Master--the first female titled player in her country's history--Phiona dreams of becoming a Grandmaster, the most elite level in chess. But to reach that goal, she must grapple with everyday life in one of the world's most unstable countries. The Queen of Katwe is a "remarkable" (NPR) and "riveting" ( New York Post) book that shows how "Phiona's story transcends the limitations of the chessboard" (Robert Hess, US Grandmaster).
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  • Language
    English
  • Binding
    Paperback
  • Theme 1
    Biography & Autobiography
  • Category
    Adult Nonfiction
  • Detailed (BISAC) Subject/Theme
    Games & Activities
  • Author
    Crothers, Tim
  • Pages
    245
  • Publication Date
    10/15/2013
  • Publisher
    Simon & Schuster
  • Dimensions
    0.69 H x 8.41 L x 5.56 W
  • Case Qty
    40
  • Dewey
    b
  • Weight
    0.49 lbs
  • ISBN-13
    9781451657821
  • ISBN-10
    145165782X
  • Item #
    55726
The "astonishing" ( The New York Times Book Review) and "inspirational" ( Shelf Awareness) true story of Phiona Mutesi--a teenage chess prodigy from the slums of Uganda. One day in 2005 while searching for food, nine-year-old Ugandan Phiona Mutesi followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende. Katende, a war refugee turned missionary, had an improbable dream: to empower kids in the Katwe slum through chess--a game so foreign there is no word for it in their native language. Laying a chess-board in the dirt, Robert began to teach. At first children came for a free bowl of porridge, but many grew to love the game that--like their daily lives--requires persevering against great obstacles. Of these kids, one girl 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. Now a Woman Candidate Master--the first female titled player in her country's history--Phiona dreams of becoming a Grandmaster, the most elite level in chess. But to reach that goal, she must grapple with everyday life in one of the world's most unstable countries. The Queen of Katwe is a "remarkable" (NPR) and "riveting" ( New York Post) book that shows how "Phiona's story transcends the limitations of the chessboard" (Robert Hess, US Grandmaster).

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