The Queen of Katwe - Crothers
Katende, a war refugee turned missionary, had an improbable... Read More
About the The Queen of Katwe - Crothers
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 slums 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 worlds most unstable countries. The Queen of Katwe is a "remarkable" (NPR) and "riveting" (New York Post) book that shows how "Phiona's story transcends the limitations of the chessboard" (Robert Hess, US Grandmaster).
Author Tim Crothers, a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated, is the author of The Man Watching, the biography of University of North Carolina women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance, and coauthor of Hard Work, the autobiography of UNC basketball coach Roy Williams. He lives in Chapell Hill, North Carolina, with his wife and two children.
- 245 Pages
- Publisher: Scribner
- Published: 2012
- "Phiona Mutesi is a young star...An incredible story." - Garry Kasparov, World Champion
- "Astonishing." - The New York Times Book Review
- "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
- "This story has the power to inspire girls everywhere." - Alexandra Kosteniuk, Grandmaster 12th Women's World Chess Champion
- "Phiona's story...will break readers' hearts. Phiona's perseverence, courage, faith, and hope will have the very same readers rooting from her success." - School Library Journal