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The Resource The Queen of Katwe

The Queen of Katwe

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The Queen of Katwe
Title
The Queen of Katwe
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Tim Crothers
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queen of Katwe
Title variation remainder
a story of life, chess, and one extraordinary girls dream of becoming a grandmaster
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Language
eng
Summary
Based on 'The Queen of Katwe', a finalist for a National Magazine Award and included in Dave Eggers' The Best American Nonrequired Reading, this is the true story of a female prodigy from the Ugandan slum of Katwe Phiona Mutesi sleeps in a mud hut with her mother and siblings, and struggles to find a meal each day. She 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 verandah where she met Robert Katende, a refugee who had also grown up in the slums. Robert had an improbable aspiration: to empower Katwe's kids through chess — a game so foreign that there was no word for it in their native language. Robert taught the game each day. At first the children came for the free porridge, but many grew to love chess, a game that — as in their daily lives — meant navigating obstacles. One talented young girl stood out: Phiona. By the age of 11, Phiona was Uganda's junior champion; at 15, she was the national champion. In 2010, she travelled to Siberia to compete in the Chess Olympiad, the world's most prestigious team-chess event. Phiona's dream is to become a chess grandmaster. But to reach that goal, she must grapple with 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 constantly. Like Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon's The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, this is an intimate and heart-rending portrait of human life on the urban fringes in the 21st century. PRAISE FOR TIM CROTHERS 'Powerfully captures the crushing poverty in which Mutesi and her family still live.' The Age 'Almost too uplifting to believe ... Crothers tells Phiona Mutesi's story in a crisp, reportorial style, but it's nearly impossible to read without a strong emotional response ... Inspiring.' Booklist
Summary
A full-length account of the National Magazine Award finalist article by ESPN Magazine traces the story of an Ugandan teen who was introduced to chess by a missionary mentor and struggled to overcome formidable levels of poverty to become her country's national champion
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Biography type
individual biography
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10151883
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DLC
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Crothers, Tim
Dewey number
794.1092
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Games
  • Politics
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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a story of life, chess, and one extraordinary girl's dream of becoming a grandmaster
Label
The Queen of Katwe
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Publication
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Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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True
Isbn
9781921942983
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optical disk
Label
The Queen of Katwe
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:aa459040-c2a5-4d4c-942e-f137fcc8223f
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781921942983
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optical disk

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