Outcasts United

Outcasts United

eBook - 2012
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A moving account of how a soccer team made up of diverse refugees inspired an entire community here in the United States.

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.

Luma Mufleh, a young Jordanian woman educated in the United States and working as a coach for private youth soccer teams in Atlanta, was out for a drive one day and ended up in Clarkston, Georgia, where she was amazed and delighted to see young boys, black and brown and white, some barefoot, playing soccer on every flat surface they could find. Luma decided to quit her job, move to Clarkston, and start a soccer team that would soon defy the odds. 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 competitors alike.

Outcasts United 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.

Praise for Outcasts United

"An uplifting underdog story."-- Kirkus Reviews

"Motivating messages that will resonate with teen readers."-- School Library Journal, Starred Review

Praise for Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference

"Wonderful, poignant book is highly recommended..." -Library Journal, Starred Review

"Engagingly written."-- School Library Journal

"Richly detailed, uplifting ... educational and enriching."-- Kirkus Reviews

"Dee"Inspiring...richly detailed...Deeply satisfying...a bighearted book."-- Shelf Awareness

Publisher: New York : Random House Children's Books, 2012
ISBN: 9780375988806
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jul 23, 2014

Great book! It made me feel thankful for all that I have.

apt2ar Nov 07, 2013

This is such an uplifting and inspiring story. The book is very well written, I couldn't put it down. I'm only sorry that I got through it so fast!

ChristchurchLib Jun 18, 2013

"Warren St. John, a reporter for The New York Times, recounts the efforts of an unlikely soccer coach, Jordanian-born and Smith College-educated Luma Mufleh, to transform a group of refugee kids from war-torn parts of the globe into tight-knit soccer teams. The small town of Clarkston, Georgia at first resists the idea that the children could play soccer on their unused baseball field as it tries to adjust to the sudden influx of foreigners in need of help, but Mufleh and her teams eventually prevail." June 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=645920

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Jul 23, 2014

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