The Queen of Katwe



Based On A Popular ESPN Magazine Article Selected By Dave Eggers For The Best American Nonrequired Reading And A Finalist For A National Magazine Award, The Inspiring True Story Of Phiona Mutesi, A Teenage Chess Prodigy From The Slums Of Kampala, Uganda.PHIONA MUTESI Sleeps In A Decrepit Shack With Her Mother And Three Siblings And Struggles To Find A Single Meal Each Day Phiona Has Been Out Of School Most Of Her Life Because Her Mother Cannot Afford It, So She Is Only Now Learning To Read And Write Phiona Mutesi Is Also One Of The Best Chess Players In The World.One Day In 2005, While Searching For Food, Nine Year Old Phiona Followed Her Brother To A Dusty Veranda Where She Met Robert Katende, Who Had Also Grown Up In The Kampala Slums Katende, A War Refugee Turned Missionary, Had An Improbable Dream To Empower Kids Through Chess A Game So Foreign There Is No Word For It In Their Native Language Laying A Chessboard In The Dirt Of The Katwe Slum, Robert Painstakingly Taught The Game Each Day When He Left At Night, Slum Kids Played On With Bottlecaps On Scraps Of Cardboard At First They Came For A Free Bowl Of Porridge, But Many Grew To Love Chess, A Game That Like Their Daily Lives Means Persevering Against Great Obstacles Of These Kids, One 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 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.Like Katherine Boo S Behind The Beautiful Forevers And Gayle Tzemach Lemmon S The Dressmaker Of Khair Khana, The Queen Of Katwe Is An Intimate And Heartrending Portrait Of Human Life On The Poor Fringes Of The Twenty First Century.The Queen of Katwe

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[BOOKS] ⚦ The Queen of Katwe  By Tim Crothers – Tiffanydaniels.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • The Queen of Katwe
  • Tim Crothers
  • English
  • 01 August 2019
  • 1451657811

10 thoughts on “The Queen of Katwe

  1. says:

    very Inspirational story

  2. says:

    Before you get too excited about this amazing, heart warming, life affirming story, soon to be filmed by Disney, you might want to check out Phiona Mutesi s FIDE rating page.____________________Or if you want stillfacts, as opposed to romantic ...

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    Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestChess is a lot like a language the pieces are the phonemes, and their movements are morphemes The positions they make together on the board are like sentences and phrases, and a talented enough chess player can really make a statement.When you think about it, chess is downright magical A universal language that transcends geographical and cultural boundaries A language so universal that even villagers in rural Uganda can speak it.Most o Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestChess is a lot like a language the pieces are the phonemes, and their movements are morphemes The positions they make together on the board are like sentences and phrases, and a talented enough chess player can really make a statement.When you think about it, chess is downright magical A universal language that transcends geographical and cultural boundaries A language so universal that even villagers in rural Uganda can speak it.Most of the nonfiction I read tends to run along the girl power route, so obviously I was thrilled when I found a girl power book that was not just about one of my favorite activities but also about a woman of color competing in a game that is dominated by men It s been turned into a movie, too A movie I desperately want to see, which stars Lupita Nyong o How could this not be good W...

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    Powerful, heart breaking, inspiring, troubling, I don t know exactly how to describe this story of a young girl growing up in one of the worse slums in Uganda who becomes one of the best chess players on the continent If this were not non fiction, I would criticize it for its implausibility Although Phiona Mutesi is the chess champion to which the title refers, this is about an entire group of slum children who find hope, support, intellectual stimulation, self esteem and direction in a church Powerful, heart breaking, inspiring, troubling, I don t know exactly how to describe this story of a young girl growing up in one of the worse slums in Uganda who becomes one of the best chess players on the continent If this were not non fiction, I would criticize it for its implausibility Although Phiona Mutesi is the chess champion to which the title refers, this is about an entire group of slum children who find hope, support, intellectual stimulation, self esteem and direction in a church run program that has brought this game of the elite to the poorest of the poor These children, lacking decent education, adequate food, basic shelter and stable families, are excelling at a game that most find challeng...

  5. says:

    After a 5 page prologue about Phiona, we jump through a series of stories about other people I found it to be very disjointed and confusing Even now, after reading 100 pages, when I go back, I have no idea who some of these people really are What really gets me is that every person s story starts with their grandparent or parent s story, meaning that we have evenpeople to sort out People that are not essential to the...

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    I got about 30% into the book and returned it because I had paid 11 for it and decided I wanted my money back.I might not have written a review at all, but because I m a chess coach and chess author I felt that I had a duty to report my experience with the book.I did not post my review onI wanted to, but since I have the number one best seller onkindle chess currently, I only wanted to write a review on there if it was positive I didn t want it to look like I was trying to sab I got about 30% into the book and returned it because I had paid 11 for it and decided I wanted my money back.I might not have written a review at all, but because I m a chess coach and chess author I felt that I had a duty to report my experience with the book.I did not post my review onI wanted to, but since I have the number one best seller onkindle chess currently, I only wanted to write a review on there if it was positive I didn t want it to look like I was trying to sabotage the competition.Here on goodreads I doubt this review would help sales of my tactics book, so I think it is ok I doubt people on goodreads are looking for chess books in general.I very much wanted to read this book I still want to learnabout this amazing woman who became a very strong chess player, and yet grew up in such unspeakable ...

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    I can say that I enjoyed this book, however it was a book that took it s toll We often forget that even in this day and age there are people and places that are not as fortunate as we in America are.Robert Katende started soccer lessons in Uganda When he realized that not all children could play soccer he started teaching children the game of chess To get the children to participate he would feed them, a bowl of porridge, often the only meal these slum children from Katwe received in a day P I can say that I enjoyed this book, however it was a book that took it s toll We often forget that even in this day and age there are people and places that are not as fortunate as we in America are.Robert Katende started soccer lessons in Uganda When he realized that not all children could play soccer he started teaching children the game of chess To get the children to participate he would feed them, a bowl of porridge, often the only meal these slum children from Katwe received in a day Phiona was introduced to the game of chess at the age of 9 by her brother She started out being taught by the only other girl going to the lessons a 3 year old She grew and started to excel at chess As...

  8. says:

    I enjoyed the story told here The title pretty much says what it s about, a girl from the slums of Uganada learning chess, and learning how it may be the thing that helps her rise out of her poverish start.As others have commented there is a lot of other filler story around Phiona s story For me I think there is an important piece of the story there in that Crother s describes the multigenerational poverty that has stricken these people Sometimes he sides steps the main story to add these lit I enjoyed the story told here The title pretty much says what it s about, a girl from the slums of Uganada learning chess, and learning how it may be the th...

  9. says:

    The entire time I was reading the choppy, short sentences and rambling interviews in this book, I felt as if I were reading a very, very long newspaper or magazine article After reading the about the author section and learning he used to be an editor for Sports Illustrated, it all made sense.If you like reading Sports Illustrated, this book might be for you If you like reading a hundred pages of backstory information about the dozens of family members of mai...

  10. says:

    This is such a perfect title for this book queen, both a chess piece and the girl who defies all odds with grace and beauty Sometimes one reads not to learn or know something, but simply to meet a person so extraordinary one thinks of her time and again That is how I feel about this girl I think of her time and again.This is a book that will change your perspective on many things, perhaps but most importantly, it will show you the importance of never giving up, even when the something desir This is such a perfect title for this book queen, both a chess piece and the girl who defies all odds with grace and beauty Sometimes one reads not to learn or know something, but simply to meet a person so extraordinary one thinks of her time and agai...

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