Phiona Mutesi is one of the best chess players in the world. She is also just learning how to read and write. Growing up in the slums of Kampala, Uganda, Phiona met missionary Robert Katende while searching for food. Katende had an unusual personal mission–to empower and uplift kids through chess.
Learning chess using makeshift sets made of cardboard and bottle caps, in five years Phiona Mutesi became Uganda’s national champion. The book continues to follow her journey on to Siberia for the 2010 Chess Olympiad.
This book is strongly recommended by our current director, Colleen Crain.