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Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town [Kindle Edition]

Warren St. John
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For readers who followed Enrique's Journey, Outcasts United is another equally moving account of refugees finding a new life in the U.S.

Based on the adult bestseller, Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference, this young people's edition is a complex and inspirational story about the Fugees, a youth soccer team made up of diverse refugees from around the world, and their formidable female coach, Luma Mufleh. Clarkston, Georgia, was a typical southern town until it became a refugee resettlement center. The author explores how the community changed with the influx of refugees and how the dedication of Lumah Mufleh and the entire Fugees soccer team inspired an entire community.

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

St. John (Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer) builds on his 2007 New York Times article about the Fugees, a soccer program for boys from families of refugees from war-torn nations who have been resettled in the town of Clarkston, Ga., 13 miles east of Atlanta. Led by the founder and coach Luma Mufleh, a strong-willed, Jordanian woman who turned her back on a privileged past to stay in America after attending Smith College, the three youth teams are a conglomeration of players from Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East. The challenges they face are many, including an ongoing fight against city hall for a field on which to play, and getting by with subpar equipment. Their biggest challenge, however, is the difficulty immigrants face in learning the ways of a strange land and living with the memories of tragedy (some players had lost a parent to violence or imprisonment). In spite of it all, the Fugees compete admirably with mostly white, better-funded suburban teams. St. John begins with an inspiring description of a beautifully played game and then delves into the team's formation, but his storytelling takes on the methodical approach of a long series of newspaper articles that lack narrative flair and progression. (Apr.)
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From School Library Journal

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 α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1309 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (September 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M2A1GW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe original is better. July 1, 2014
By D. Hyde
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Original book may be great. This is the "youth" edition, and as such, it lacks anything that I would consider compelling. It feels dumbed down in a way that YA books written for YA audiences aren't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars None April 8, 2013
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this book was great. i loved it all the way from begining to the last word. i can truly say that i a complete fuggys fan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and thought provoking February 5, 2013
By Pat
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Enjoyed reading about the characters - who are real people - but told as an objective story. For our February book club.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read, good for kids. April 16, 2015
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This was a good, quick read. My daughter read it for a book report and I read it with her just in case she needed help with her report after. She loved that it was a true story and that she could look up these people on the internet and see pictures of the team, etc. She is a soccer player and this story hit home for her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Practice x, competing is -x July 15, 2014
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The book showed that if you practice hard, playing is fun and vice versa. It also showed that people with different races, religion, traditions etc. Can play as a United team and learn to tolerate their differences. Great book for classrooms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book October 14, 2014
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Very inspiring story. I used this in my 8th grade English class and the kids were very engaged. It gave us many topics to discuss, from soccer to refugees, to women's roles, to geography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story! October 19, 2014
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Great true, inspiring story. Was particularly impressed as the publisher also has this book for young readers (teens) which offers some hard lessons in teamwork, bias, and hard work.
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By dewitt
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Tells a great story of an amazing community and it's struggles and successes. My middle school boys and I both really enjoyed it.
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More About the Author

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.

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