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Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town (original 2009; edition 2012)

by Warren St. John

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Title:Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town
Authors:Warren St. John
Info:Delacorte Books for Young Readers (2012), Hardcover, 240 pages
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Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town by Warren St. John (2009)

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Hsrd to put down true story of refugees living in a Georgia town outside of Atlanta who come together to play soccer. But that is not really an adequate description of the book. It is about differences being overcome. It is about trust and friendship. It is about the overwhelming struggles of refugees and what they have experienced before being "resettled," and the continual struggles they experience in a country and culture that is so different from their own. It is really about too many things to mention. "Heartwarming" is a word overused in describing books and stories, but I found myself smiling many times while reading this saga. Outcomes were not always what was expected, but that is what makes this a true story and not fiction! ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book. It tells the story of a soccer team made up of refugees living in Clarkston, Georgia. The author struck a good balance of telling what was going on with the soccer team, giving general background information about refugee resettlement, and providing specifics about the reaction to resettlement in Clarkston. I really grew to love a lot of the boys on the team. Overall, it's a good read. ( )
  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
I decided to read this book because it was picked by the collage my granddaughter is attending in the fall as the book all freshman need to read before Freshman Week and I wanted to see what they had chosen.

The book is about a small town outside of Atlanta, Georgia where many refugees were resettled by the UN after they had escaped from wars and dictators and made their way to refugee camps. They came from many countries - Afghanistan, the Congo, Somalia, the Sudan, Serbia - and many spoke little or no English. Many were without fathers because they had been killed or jailed. That's one side of the story.

The other side is about a Jordanian girl who was relatively well-off in Jordan and came to the US to attend college in NY. After college she decided to stay in America which infuriated her father and he cut off all ties to her. Eventually she ends up in the same town in Georgia. She decides to start a youth soccer league when she sees many of the youths playing in the parking lots of the apartment buildings where they are housed.

I think this book melds a lot of ideas and circumstances that will provide lots of discussion - how an old, Southern, basically white town reacts to the refugees and the prejudices they show is a big part of the book. But also how the families live and the importance they place on family. How hard it is for the refugee families to make a living and how some employers take advantage of the fact that they don't often speak much English.

The author started to research this book for a series of articles in the NY Times and I always view such books with some skepticism. Frequently the book is just a newspaper article stretched out. But I thought this author did a good job and the background he provided was good for the story and not just added words. ( )
  dudes22 | Jul 20, 2015 |
Such an incredible book. This book shows that despite ethnic, cultural, religious, etc. difference it is possible to come together and create something amazing. I hope to start dance outreach programs in schools, so this book was perfect for me... I was able to see how one woman made something out of what looked like nothing to many. I would recommend this book to fellow teachers or hopeful teachers because it serves as a reminder of how much of an impact we have, and our ability to make a difference. ( )
  kitbraddick | Apr 20, 2015 |
Just a few miles from Atlanta, the city of Clarkston became a settlement for families of refugees from war-torn countries. Soccer coach Luma Mufleh formed the Fugees, a soccer team consisting of boys from various countries and backgrounds. This inspiring book explores the array of challenges the team faced on and off the field and how determination prevailed.
  KilmerMSLibrary | May 20, 2014 |
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The book is a sports story, a sociological study, a tale of global and local politics, and the story of a determined woman who became involved in the lives of her young charges.
added by khuggard | editSchool Library Journal, Sarah Flowers
 
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.
added by khuggard | editPublishers Weekly
 

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The extraordinary tale of a refugee youth soccer team and the transformation of a small American town

Clarkston, Georgia, was a typical Southern town until it was designated a refugee settlement center in the 1990s, becoming the first American home for scores of families in flight from the world’s war zones—from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan. Suddenly Clarkston’s streets were filled with women wearing the hijab, the smells of cumin and curry, and kids of all colors playing soccer in any open space they could find. The town also became home to Luma Mufleh, an American-educated Jordanian woman who founded a youth soccer team to unify Clarkston’s refugee children and keep them off the streets. These kids named themselves the Fugees.

Set against the backdrop of an American town that without its consent had become a vast social experiment, Outcasts United follows a pivotal season in the life of the Fugees and their charismatic coach. Warren St. John documents the lives of a diverse group of young people as they miraculously coalesce into a band of brothers, while also drawing a fascinating portrait of a fading American town struggling to accommodate its new arrivals. At the center of the story is fiery Coach Luma, who relentlessly drives her players to success on the soccer field while holding together their lives—and the lives of their families—in the face of a series of daunting challenges.

This fast-paced chronicle of a single season is a complex and inspiring tale of a small town becoming a global community—and an account of the ingenious and complicated ways we create a home in a changing world.

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Clarkston, Georgia, was a typical Southern town until it was designated a refugee settlement center in the 1990s, becoming the first American home for scores of families in flight from the world's war zones--from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan. Suddenly Clarkston's streets were filled with women wearing the hijab, the smells of cumin and curry, and kids of all colors playing soccer in any open space they could find. The town also became home to Luma Mufleh, an American-educated Jordanian woman who founded a youth soccer team to unify Clarkston's refugee children and keep them off the streets. These kids named themselves the Fugees. This fast-paced chronicle of a single season is a complex and inspiring tale of a small town becoming a global community--and an account of the ingenious and complicated ways we create a home in a changing world.--From publisher description.… (more)

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