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Queen of Katwe

Quick Glance

33

incidents


This is the total number of incidents in this 256 page book.

Author: Tim Crothers
Key Words: True Story, Uganda, Chess

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Book Description:

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 slum 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 world’s 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).

 
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Profanity

Scatological Terms - 1 Incident

bl**dy (as in lots of blood)

Religious Profanities - 2 Incidents

Oh my God

Derogatory Terms - 2 Incidents

B*st*rd child

Violence - 4 Incidents

It was rumored that a man was a “cannibal who consumed the organs of his victims.”

During the Ugandan civil war, a man witnesses a murder.

A girl is murdered by her mother’s boyfriend.

Atrocities are described that occurred during a Ugandan uprising.

Sexual Content

Making Out/Sex - 6 Incidents

A woman has several children out of wedlock. One of the men she had children with maintained relationships with several other women.

A type of Ugandan prostitution is explained. And the label “sugar daddy” is explained (the label is used a few other times).

A man seduces a young girl and she gets pregnant.

A girl decides to enter prostitution. She explains that “that’s how God rescued us from the street.”

Mentions a girl who was gang-raped.

There is cultural pressure on girls once they reach a certain age to sleep around.

Miscellaneous - 3 Incidents

This book mentions several men and women who don’t remain faithful to each other or leave/divorce each other for a “better” opportunity, i.e. partner, job, housing, etc..

Mentions AIDS several times throughout the book. This example explains how AIDS is primarily contracted through unprotected sex.

A woman discovers she has breast cancer. Her son “noticed that one of his mother’s breasts was nearly detached from her body.”

Conversation Topics - 15 Incidents

Mentions an Iraqi kneeling down to pray towards Mecca.

Mentions a man who was a drunk and physically abused his wife.

A political man blasphemously boast that he was “Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea.”

Mentions alcohol, drugs and smoking.

Mentions a witch doctor a few times, as well as their chants, curses and medicine.

A woman contemplates suicide.

A boy wanted to kill himself.

It is mentioned again that a boy wanted to kill himself.

A young man, who is a born-again Christian, is offered a beer. He doesn’t drink it but thinks it rude to not take it. He brings it home and one day when he’s starving, he prays, telling God he’s going to drink it.

A woman contemplates suicide.

An incident with witchcraft.

A young man commits suicide.

A girl describes what she thinks is the cause of AIDS.

A girl tried to abort two different babies by using a coat hanger and nearly died from the trauma.

A grandma calls her grandson her “Lord.”

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