Battling Poverty to Accomplish Big Dreams

The Queen of Katwe book coverPhiona Mutesi lives in poverty with her mother and three siblings in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. It was while searching for food that Phiona stumbled upon Robert Katendo teaching chess. Katendo hoped to empower poor children and strengthen their minds through the complex game. By 11, Phiona was Uganda’s junior chess champion. At 15, she was the national chess champion. Tim Crothers, a former senior writing for Sports Illustrated, chronicles Phiona’s goal of becoming a grandmaster in chess. If you liked Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, or Half the Sky, you’ll probably like The Queen of Katwe.