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The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl [UNABRIDGED]

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The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl [UNABRIDGED] Cover Page

AUTHOR: Tim Crothers READER: Robin Miles
FORMAT: Unabridged
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster PUB DATE: 2016


he �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�soon to be a major motion picture starring David Oyelowo and Academy Award�winner Lupita Nyong�o. 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 chess­board 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.

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