The Queen of Katwe

The Queen of Katwe

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

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2012.
ISBN: 9781451657821
145165782X
9781451657814
1451657811
Branch Call Number: 794.1092 CROTHER
Characteristics: 232 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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ser_library Oct 11, 2017

more background and context than the movie

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patcarstensen
Jul 06, 2017

Some folks will be dismayed by the preachiness, but it is a very inspiring story.

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mommared
Jan 01, 2017

Reads more like a memoir than a story. The sadness of this girls life is beyond touching. We are extremely lucky to live in the USA.

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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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