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Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): St. John, Warren
ISBN: 0385741952     ISBN-13: 9780385741958
Publisher: Ember
    OUR PRICE: $8.99  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: September 2013
Annotation: Shares the inspirational story of a youth soccer team comprised of refugees from around the world who, under the guidance of a formidable female coach, helped to transform their Georgia community.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Soccer coaches; Georgia; Clarkston; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Refugee children; Georgia; Clarkston; Juvenile literature.
Refugees; Africa; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 796.334092
LCCN: bl2013039773
Lexile Measure: 980
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.45 lbs) 226 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 153633
Reading Level: 6.7   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

WARREN ST. JOHN is the author of the national bestsellers "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey into the Heart of Fan Mania" and "Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference." A former reporter for the New York Times, he has also written extensively for The New Yorker, the New York Observer, and Wired. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, attended Columbia University and now lives in New York City.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
In small-town Clarkson, Georgia, half of whose population is made up of refugees from war-torn nations such as Somalia and Sudan, a young woman organizes a free soccer program for young immigrants and determines to coach her teams to success. Alternating between detailing the on-pitch and off-pitch challenges, this absorbing book is as much about the American melting pot as it is about soccer.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 September)

Gr 7 Up—In this young adult adaptation of Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference (Spiegel & Grau, 2009), St. John presents the remarkable, inspiring story of a persevering female coach, a soccer team of refugee boys, and the Georgia town that is their home. With conviction and skill, Jordanian Luma Mufleh established and coached three soccer teams known as the Fugees. Her players were haunted by memories of war-torn homelands and personal tragedies and were struggling to adjust to life in the United States. However, her high expectations and willingness to help families impacted her young players. Despite challenges to locate a practice field, minimal funding for uniforms and equipment, and zero fans on the sidelines, the Fugees practiced hard and demonstrated a team spirit that drew admiration from referees and even their competitors. Featuring pivotal soccer games and anecdotes about interactions between a coach and her players, tension among the boys, family responsibilities, and a town wrestling with its changing identity, St. John delivers a vivid, cohesive story about hope and determination. Profiles are enriched with background information on the conflicts that drove the players from their homes in Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Respecting cultural differences, building a global community, and the importance of getting involved are powerful, motivating messages that will resonate with teen readers, not just soccer fans.—Gerry Larson, formerly at Durham School of the Arts, NC

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