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The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster

Tim Crothers

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ISBN 10: 1451657811 / ISBN 13: 9781451657814
Published by Scribner, 2012
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Title: The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, ...

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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The Queen of Katwe Based on a popular "ESPN Magazine" article, optioned by Disney filmsNthe 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.

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"Phiona's story transcends the limitations of the chessboard--her life not confined to the miniature pieces that her hand glides from her side of the board to attack her opponent's king. No, Phiona succeeding at chess, like the fight to become great athletes for so many impoverished people around the world, has been a game for her life."--Robert Hess, U.S. Grandmaster "The Sports Quotient "

"This extraordinary story will stop you and make you want to count your blessings! It confirms how the strength of the human spirit and determination can prevail. Tim's portrait of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi offers hope and inspiration to all humankind."--Laura Schroff, New York Times-bestselling author of An Invisible Thread

"Phiona Mutesi is [a] young star.... An incredible story."--Gary Kasparov, Chess Grandmaster

"A moving and universal story of the power of potential and the wonder of perseverance. This story will inspire you--and will make you wonder how many more Phionas there are among us."--Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, New York Times-bestselling author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

"This story of a young woman's triumph over the unimaginably cruel fortune she was born into would pierce a heart of stone."--Hillary Jordan, New York Times-bestselling author of Mudbound and When She Woke

"The Queen of Katwe is one of the most inspiring, thought-provoking, humbling books I've ever read. It's a must-read for any chess player, woman, athlete, or frankly anyone who knows any of the previous three, aka everyone!"--Siva Sankrithi, Math Teacher & Chess Coach, Lakeside Upper School, Seattle, WA

"The Queen of Katwe is gripping. We witness Phiona's incredible evolution as a player, as she competes against older and far more experienced competitors. It also offers readers a fascinating look at a war-torn and struggling nation, as well as the unlikely story of how her mentor Robert Katende, a refugee of Uganda's civil war, has created a flourishing chess program for kids in one of Africa's most treacherous slums. This story has the power to inspire girls everywhere."--Alexandra Kosteniuk, Grandmaster, 12th Women's World Chess Champion (www.chessqueen.com)

"The Queen of Katwe is an extraordinary account of one young woman's exceptional achievement. It is also a lament for this world in which only a tiny number of incredibly fortunate and exceptionally determined children have any chance of escaping the dehumanizing poverty that prevails in Katwe and places like it."--Bill Littlefield, host of "Only a Game" on National Public Radio

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