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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,856 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Warren St. John Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Becki | 2/15/2014

    " I loved the story of the soccer team. However, there were some stories he told where I felt like they were left unfinished. Also some parts read more like a newspaper article and lost my attention a few times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sherricka | 2/15/2014

    " The book has a great message! However, at times, it is a little boring to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christina | 2/9/2014

    " I really liked the parts about the different dynamics of the soccer teams Luma coached. It was interesting to read some of the things that the refugees had gone through before coming to America and how they were treated once they got here. What I didn't like about the book were all of the parts about the actual soccer games. This kid kicked the ball to this kid who passed to this guy...... Boring, but I'm not a fan of watching soccer so I'm not interested in reading about it either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kim Weese | 2/7/2014

    " I read this for One Book, One Maryland. I would not have chosen this book had it not been chosen for this book club. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I was afraid that a book about soccer wouldn't keep me reading. However, the stories of the plights of the refugees pulled at my heart. I really had trouble putting it down. "

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