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The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster
 
 
Author
Tim Crothers.
Publisher Scribner  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.3 x 6.25 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9781451657814
Pages/Publication Date 232/2012
Daedalus Item Code 40446
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Based on a popular ESPN The Magazine article that later appeared in Dave Eggers's Best American Nonrequired Reading and was a finalist for a National Magazine Award, this book is sportswriter Tim Crothers's inspiring story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenage chess prodigy from the slums of Kampala, Uganda.

"It's a story almost too uplifting to believe: a young girl from a dirt-poor slum in Uganda meets a man, a missionary from a similar background, who inspires her to take up chess, a game so unknown in her country that there is not even a word for it in her language. The girl rises to national champion and travels to the Chess Olympiad in Siberia, a journey that opens her eyes to a world she might never have known. Crothers tells Phiona Mutesi's story in a crisp, reportorial style (he's a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated), but it's nearly impossible to read the book without a strong emotional response. The author necessarily talks about the social and economic challenges that Phiona encountered in Uganda—most girls her age had no bigger dreams than simply surviving—but his focus remains centered on Phiona herself, the uneducated prodigy, the barely literate girl who, against all odds, stands poised to become a chess grand master."—Booklist

 
 
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