Summary: Based on a popular ESPN Magazine article-optioned by Disney films, a finalist for a National Magazine Award and chosen by Dave Eggers for inclusion in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011-the astonishing true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenager from the slums of Kampala, Uganda, who-inspired by an unlikely mentor, a war refugee turned missionary-becomes an international chess champion.
Phiona Mutesi sleeps in a decrepit shack with her mother and four siblings and struggles to find a single….Read more.
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Tim Krothers: The Queen of Katwe Audio Book Summary
Written by author Tim Crothers, The Queen of Katwe is the remarkable true story of a chess prodigy from rural Uganda.
The book focuses around the life of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl growing up in Uganda, who one day at the age of nine stumbles upon the hut of Robert Katende, a missionary.
Robert Katende, himself a refugee, had the idea of helping Ugandan children overcome the difficulties in their own lives through playing chess, a game that was completely foreign to them.
Katende routinely served free porridge to the children in town, in order to get them to come and hang around with him, and then began to teach them the game of chess, a complex game in which players are forced to develop comprehensive strategies to overcome their opponent.
Katende believed that the skills learned from playing chess, which range from critical thinking to fair play to overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, were particularly applicable to the children living in one of Africa’s least stable countries.
Bit by bit, the children began to learn, and Phiona Mutesi quickly rose as one of the best players among them, becoming first the village champion, and then moving on to become national champion, where she then began to play on an international stage…all by the time she was just 11 years old.
The Queen of Katwe is an inspiring true story that has captured the hearts and minds of millions across the globe, shows the capacity of the human will and curiosity to overcome even the most difficult circumstances, and proves how the influence of a small group of people can truly shape the course of events across a region and a nation.
The Queen of Katwe is now a blockbuster Hollywood film, featuring Academy Award winning actress Nupita Wyong’o and actor David Oyelowo, with Mira Nair directing.