Thursday, July 24, 2014

Book Beginning: The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers


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She wins the decisive game, but she has no idea what it means. Nobody has told her what's at stake, so she just plays, like she always does.

-- The Queen of Katwe: One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion by Tim Crothers. This inspiring story of how Phiona Mutesi, a nine-year-old Ugandan girl living in the Katwe slum, became a world chess champion by the time she was 18 is a terrific read for anyone and a particularly good choice for a graduation gift.


  1. Truly, genius can be found anywhere! Sounds like a fascinating read!

  2. This sounds like a fantastic story, especially since it's true!

  3. Hi Gilion,

    This probably isn't one I would read, as I am not particularly fond of biographies. However the story of Phiona does sound inspirational and inspiring, especially as she decided to learn to do something which has no equivalent word in her own language, maybe not such a bif deal for you and I, but probably quite groundbreaking for this relatively uneducated community.

    I hope that the story holds your interest right the way through and thanks for sharing and hosting.

    Have a good weekend,


  4. Oh boy, this book sound great. You always select such interesting and varied books.

  5. I probably wouldn't have looked at this book from its title, but that first sentences make me want to know more.

  6. I have seen this book over the past month or so.

    I love the cover. Sounds quite interesting. I could never play chess. :)

    ENJOY....I normally don't read biographies or memoirs, but this sounds interesting.

    THANKS for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  7. She doesn't know what's going, but she keeps playing. That's interesting. I guess she's having some kind of fun. Maybe she really wants to learn the game. Interesting beginning....

  8. I like the sound of this book and the excerpt is interesting. I have a mental image of the girl just playing chess unaware of all the pressures around her.

  9. Wow! What a story - sounds really good!

  10. Well we have that in common, we're both clueless...
    And now I'm curious what I'm clueless about :D

  11. Sounds like a great read and very inspirational!


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