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Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town

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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 worlds war zones—from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan. Suddenly Clarkstons 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 Clarkstons 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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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.

About the Author

WARREN ST. JOHN is a reporter for The New York Times and author of the bestseller Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer. Prior to the Times, he was on staff at The New York Observer, Wired, and The New Yorker.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385741941
Author:
St. John, Warren
Publisher:
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Author:
Warren St. John
Author:
St John, Warren
Subject:
soccer;refugees;sports;biography
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.59 x 5.8 x 0.89 in 0.775 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

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