The Queen of Katwe: One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion

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by Tim Crothers | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 1501127187 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingbooklady331wing of Cape Coral, Florida USA on 12/29/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by wingbooklady331wing from Cape Coral, Florida USA on Thursday, December 29, 2016
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Journal Entry 2 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Tuesday, May 16, 2017
This is a wonderful, underdog story! I found the beginning a little tedious to read due to the hard life described of several generations in Ugandan slum. The story of chess and the personalities involved, as well as the rise of Phiona and her remarkable talent is an impressive story! The approach of the missionaries was interesting and practical - they came to help and participate in the community for a long time.
I haven't seen the movie so this review is based on the book version only, which is in great part about the people who trusted God and cared about His people in the slums of Uganda enough to bring them soccer, chess, and the gospel. I have read that the movie takes this part out, which is sad as it is the motivation of everyone involved. Faith plays a fairly big role in this story because the Sports Outreach program was a Christian charity funded and founded by Christians. The motivation of those in the story is spiritual, not secular. I wonder if the producers would have changed the story if the religion was Buddhist or Muslim? Not sure I will watch the movie now.
Phiona Mutesi is not actually a grandmaster. There's an alternate title of the book, "The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster." She is still young when the story ends. It would be nice to get an update on her. This book is not just Phiona Mutesi's story. We learn about the history of Phiona's teacher and the leader of the Sports Outreach program that allowed chess to be possible for Phiona and her friends, Robert Katende. I did not find this a distraction, but gives the story context to how and why Phiona was able to learn chess.

Going to send it to BabyPooh

Journal Entry 3 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Thursday, May 18, 2017

Released 3 yrs ago (5/19/2017 UTC) at Cape Coral, Florida USA


Enjoy! off to Babypooh

Journal Entry 4 by babypooh at Alachua, Florida USA on Saturday, December 28, 2019
Just finished this book and loved it. The story was beautiful

Journal Entry 5 by babypooh at Alachua, Florida USA on Saturday, December 28, 2019
Just finished this book and loved it. The story was beautiful

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