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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    A pretty good read

    This book is a very quick read with a great mesaage. Coach Luma is a very inspiring individual with a heart for refugees. I ejiyed reading about her journey with the team andthe incredible mission she is trying to accomplish. However i was not exactly a fan of the way the author portrayed the town. I feel like it was slightly jaded and made them look unwelcoming and i am very sure this was untrue of thebtown as a whole. As a whole the book is very inspiring. Go Fugees!

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Fascinating, but the length detracts from message.

    The strong message that I got from reading this book about acceptance and selflessness and involvement was clouded and diminished because of the length of the book and its lack of focus on that crucial point. This is not necessarily a bad thing, since this is obviously the way the author chose to write the book, and since it gave a rare and much-needed look into the lives of these immigrants, but the book would have been much more effective and much more relatable to a larger number of people (could have kept their interest)if it were perhaps a long article, without all of the anecdotal information about the kids and their families.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    Important and Compelling Topic - Average Writing

    You should read this book. That being said, the book drags in parts and can't really decide whether to focus on the plight of refugees in America or on the excitement of watching kids play soccer. Consequently, it kind of meanders and loses focus even though writing about a topic that is easy to make compelling and emotionally moving.


    I have a great deal of familiarity with refugees, so some of the material about refugees was repetitive for me, but even putting that aside, St. John could have done a much better job of telling the refugees' stories. For people who are not familiar with refugees in the U.S., this is a good place to start.


    As for the soccer part, St. John is not a sportswriter and it shows. Some writers have the talent to capture the excitement of a sporting event, others don't.


    Nonetheless, buy (or at least read) this book - the only way we can assure that these refugees make it in our society is if we extend a hand of friendship and welcome them in.

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