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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 Hopp Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancy J | 2/19/2014

    " I received this book through a publisher as a teacher. I loved the story and the lessons. I would strongly encourage reading this book and spreading the word. Would be a GREAT book for MS-HS that leads to talking about a lot of topics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Edie | 2/15/2014

    " This is a Maryland One Book---and I really enjoyed it! Too bad it is in the 796 soccer area because it is really about people and the global community that is coming to every town in America. Opened my eyes (again) and reminded me that we are all just people in the end trying to get by on whatever level we are sitting on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Trey Hoffman | 2/11/2014

    " The discussion of international tragedies and the refugees who fled them mixed with the lightness of 13-17 year olds soccer games makes (oddly enough) for a great read. The story of Luma (the coach) as she works through her own issues of coming to America and how she drops an attempt at running a restaurant to help the refugees and their families deal with being transplanted suddenly to the USA through soccer is incredible. I loved Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer by Warren St. John. Duh. I didn't expect this book to be as easy to read or the content to be so compelling. I definitely recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bill | 2/8/2014

    " This was an excellent read - not only was it a well-told story, but it was factually descriptive and I learned quite a bit about current immigration policies and struggles in the US. "

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