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Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town Hardcover – September 11, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 980L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; 8.12.2012 edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385741944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385741941
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Christopher Award Winner

A Junior Library Guild Selection

An NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People

"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."--Starred Review, School Library Journal

"An uplifting underdog story that will appeal to readers interested in the immigrant experience and the surprising role sports can play in people's lives."--Kirkus Reviews

"Exciting youth soccer action blends with politics . . . filled with fast kicks, scrimmages, dribbles, crossses, corners, shots, and misses on the field that will grab kids, as will the harrowing stories of what the families fled from their continuing struggle."--Booklist


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.

Customer Reviews

My boys loved it.
Brian
St. John writes at such a fast pace that you can finish this book in very short order.
Mitchell D. Dobbs
Very inspiring story.
Domi-Lowell

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Great book. My boys loved it.
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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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By Hayley Lockwood on 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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By Pat on February 5, 2013
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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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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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By Domi-Lowell on 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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By Julie Johnson on 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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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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