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The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster

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The inspiring true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenage chess prodigy from the slums of Kampala, Uganda is an intimate and heartrending portrait of human life on the poor fringes of the twenty-first century.

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.

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"It’s a story almost too uplifting to believe… Crothers tells Phiona Mutesi’s story in a crisp, reportorial style, but it’s nearly impossible to read the book without a strong emotional response… Inspiring.” -- Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 15 and up
Author Tim Crothers
ISBN 145165782X
Publication Date Oct 9, 2012
Publisher Scribner
Language English