April 2009 Indie Next List
“New York Times reporter Warren St. John brilliantly tells the story of an typical southern town that became a settlement center for refugees escaping war zones from around the world -- and where an American-educated Jordanian woman transforms a rag-tag bunch into a disciplined soccer team. You'll cheer for this can't-put-it-down champion of a book.”
— Jake Reiss, The Alabama Booksmith, Birmingham, AL
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.
"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