The Queen of Katwe

by Tim Crothers | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 1501127187 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingcestmoiwing of Hamilton, Ontario Canada on 5/3/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by wingcestmoiwing from Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, May 3, 2023
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.

Journal Entry 2 by wingcestmoiwing at Hamilton, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, May 3, 2023
This is an inspiring and uplifting memoir of a young girl who lived in horrendous conditions and really had no plans for her life beyond a meal for the day.

Once she finds chess, she seems to find ambition, hope and a will to do better. I think she must have been born with drive and determination, and chess gave her the opportunity and the outlet for those qualities to come through in her personality.

Journal Entry 3 by wingcestmoiwing at Little Free Library - Newell in Burlington, Ontario Canada on Sunday, May 21, 2023

Released 4 mos ago (5/21/2023 UTC) at Little Free Library - Newell in Burlington, Ontario Canada


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