The Queen Of Katwe: A Story Of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl's Rise From An African Slum by Tim CrothersThe Queen Of Katwe: A Story Of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl's Rise From An African Slum by Tim Crothers

The Queen Of Katwe: A Story Of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl's Rise From An African Slum

byTim Crothers

Hardcover | October 9, 2012

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Phiona Mutesi, is a 15-year-old girl born and raised in a miserable slum called Katwe in Kampala, Uganda. She sleeps in a decrepit mud hut 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 to send her, so she is only now learning to read and write. Phiona Mutesi is also one of the top chess players in the world.

One day in 2005, while desperately searching for food, Phiona followed her brother to a mission church 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 within months he discovered her immense talent. By the age of 11, in 2007, Phiona was her country's junior chess champion and at 15, 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. While there, Phiona proved herself to be on par with the greatest players in the sport and her goal 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.

To be African is to be an underdog in the world. To be Ugandan is to be an underdog in Africa. To be from Katwe is to be an underdog in Uganda. And to be a girl is to be an underdog in Katwe. The Queen of Katwe is the ultimate underdog story.

TIM CROTHERS was for many years a senior writer at Sports Illustrated before returning home to Chapel Hill to teach in the School of Journalism at UNC, his alma mater. He is the author of The Man Watching, a biography of Anson Dorrance, the legendary coach of the UNC women's soccer team, and co-author Hard Work, the autobiography of an...
Title:The Queen Of Katwe: A Story Of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl's Rise From An African SlumFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.22 × 0.99 inPublished:October 9, 2012Publisher:Random House Of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307361004

ISBN - 13:9780307361004

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from a read aloud in my house I read this aloud to my 10 year old son. Sometimes we need a lesson or two on perspective. Followed it up by watching the Disney movie. The book was repetitive, where the movie was certainly more linear and progressive.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I expected this book to read like a fiction novel however it is written with a journalistic style. Gives a realistic story of the realities of rising out of poverty. Inspiring but also sobering read.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The book starts out with a promising story - how a young girl in the Kampala slums finds her calling as a student of chess. Her ability to play chess, despite not having many of the advantages available to others who also play chess at a high level, is phenomenal. I wish the book had been written at a point later in Phiona's life, when we could have seen whether or not Phiona would succeed in leaving Katwe behind in her quest to become a grandmaster. The book becomes a bit preachy at times, and it feels as if the author ran out of things to say about Phiona, so he repeats aspects of her story over and over again. It would have been interesting to learn more about some of the other characters in the story, as the author tends to gloss over others, such as Robert and Phiona's family, in favour of featuring Phiona. Unfortunately because Phiona is still so young and has potentially so much more story to live, we are left with a repetitive, preachy novel that could have been so much more.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting book. I very much enjoyed this book. Not only of Phiona, who is someone to be proud of, but the struggles of Uganda overall.
Date published: 2013-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book! A most amazing tale of survival in one of the worst places on Earth. I am ashamed that as a species we allow some of us to languish in misery and waste so much potential and grace. I will never look at a chess board in the same way and I will definitely be recommending this to friends, colleagues and students who think that we have challenges - we have privilege and the ability to follow our dreams - something that should be extended to more people on this troubled blue ball.
Date published: 2013-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! A wonderful story about a person wanting to be more than what is expected. It is an eye-opener on how tough it is to escape the shanty towns of Africa.
Date published: 2013-02-02

Editorial Reviews

“Crothers tells Phiona’s story in a straightforward manner, never losing sight of its emotional resonances…. By the end of The Queen of Katwe…you’ll join the ranks of those rooting for her success.” —Shelf Awareness “An inspiring and heart-wrenching story.” — “An extraordinary account of one young woman’s exceptional achievement.” —Only a Game (NPR)                                    “Moving…. A poignant reminder of the power of hope.” —Kirkus Reviews “Phiona’s story is worth attention, and sportswriter Tim Crothers caught on…. Crothers is able to broaden and deepen Phiona’s remarkable story.” —The Christian Science Monitor “Crothers tells a story that isn’t just inspirational but a corrective to our most damning assumptions.” —Library Journal "A moving and universal story of the power of potential and the wonder of perseverance. This story will inspire you--and will make you wonder how many more Phionas there are among us."—Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana"This story of a young woman's triumph over the unimaginably cruel fortune she was born intowould pierce a heart of stone."—Hillary Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Mudbound and When She Woke