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

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

by Warren St. John

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Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding story recommend for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was so amazing
mzavori More than 1 year ago
One Team, One Coach – Dreams United Luma Mufleh did not know what to expect when she arrived in the small town of Clarkston, Georgia, just on the outskirts of Atlanta. She certainly did not anticipate the sight of women walking down the street covered head to toe and carrying laundry baskets over their heads, nor did she expect the smell of traditional Middle Eastern cuisines, or even the small refugee boys playing soccer with nothing but their bare feet and a ball made from plastic bags. Outcasts United, written by Warren St. John, follows the inspirational story of a small refugee soccer team, known as the Fugees, and their coach through their many adventures as they struggle to find their place in a small southern American town. Not only does St. John document some pivotal soccer seasons of the Fugees, but readers catch a glimpse of the refugee families living in Clarkston as they describe their past experiences and share their journeys to the United States. St. John paints a vivid picture of the controversial subject regarding immigration, especially when placed in context with the topic of illegal immigration during the Bush administration, as long-time Clarkston residents struggle to accommodate the new arrivals. Left to deal with the refugees and, consequently, the widely spreading demographic change, members of the Clarkston community resort to resentment and anger towards the refugees, thus illustrating how fear of the unknown and cultural differences can disband (and eventually reunite) an entire community. At the heart of this novel, however, is the story of Luma Mufleh, a Jordanian immigrant herself, and a myriad of teenage boys from numerous nationalities who overcome their differences and band together to form the Fugees. St. John transports the readers through the highs and lows experienced in each soccer season and highlights the importance of hard work, strength, self-preservation, and team camaraderie. The team dynamics of the Fugees shows a juxtaposition on other youth sports teams across America; where they succeed, others fail, which causes readers and athletes (like myself) to wonder where youth sports programs today have gone astray in building team cohesiveness. Everyone could benefit from a coach like Luma Mufleh. While the detailed descriptions of the Fugees’ countless soccer matches overtake much of the novel, sometimes to the point of boredom, St. John weaves together a beautiful story filled with war stories, government politics, and a coach who is set upon making a difference in the lives of the Fugee family. Watching a team of misfits form a tight-knit bond is everything one looks for in a narrative such as this, and it is amazing to see them carry that love for each other on and off the field. This book is highly recommended for those who have a passion for soccer and those who are looking for an uplifting and easy tale to read. Outcasts United is St. John’s second novel; his first, Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, is as deeply satisfying and intriguing for those who cannot get enough of sports.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book and loved it. Luma is a very inspirational woman who acts as teacher, coach, mentor, supplier, lover, and tougher-upper. I totally wish I had her as my soccer coach. She is just as good as Mia Hamm, in some ways as good or better, in others less. Anyway I give it five stars and encourage it to you for a great and inspirational read.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Luma Mufleh, a Jordanian woman living just east of Atlanta, saw a need in the community and stepped up to ensure that need was filled.  She sometimes joined in a group of boys playing soccer, boys whose families came from many parts of the world.  With no sponsorship and resentment from some town residents toward the swelling immigrant population, Luma managed to put together three groups of boys who were excited to be playing on a soccer team.   She worked the boys hard, made them play fair, and expected them to stay current in their school work.  Acting as coach, mentor, and counselor, Luma made a difference in the lives of her players. This book will appeal to teen readers who are soccer players or fans; other readers might be put off by the detailed accounts of so many soccer games.  I would've like to read more about the obstacles faced by several of the boys and what caused their families to leave their homelands.  The book's epilogue does describe what became of several of the teams' players and what Luma has done since the 2006 soccer season.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im sorry im just really happy for my character in that rp!