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Outcasts United 
by Warren St. John

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


“A brilliant and empathetic depiction of our common quest for meaning and happiness. Warren St. John invites us into the lives of a community of refugees, their bewildered neighbors in a small town, and a Jordanian woman who not only coaches but also mentors, mothers, and inspires some remarkable boys, to create a heartwarming tale about the transformations that occur when our disparate lives connect.”

—Ishmael Beah, author of A Long Way Gone

 "One Book, One School" Program 2012-2013

Our community is once again participating in a One Book, One School program.  This year’s book is Outcasts United by Warren St. John. This national bestseller tells the true story of a small American town in the 1990s and their soccer team made up of refugee children from war-torn countries around the globe.

One Book programs, traditionally sponsored by schools, libraries, and even cities, are about ten years old in this country. The purpose is to promote literacy and community at the same time by encouraging an entire community to read and discuss a single book.

Our faculty and staff have taken copies of the book home to read over the summer and our students will be reading this in the fall. Family members are also encouraged to participate in this program. In addition to classroom discussions and projects during the school year, we hope to have several community events that touch on topics raised in this book.

Publisher's Resources


More on Refugee Migration

Fugees Family: www.fugeesfamily.org
Office of Refugee Resettlement: www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr
Refugees International: www.refintl.org
UNHCR: The UN Refugee Agency: www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home
Catholic Relief Services - Migration: http://crs.org/public-policy/migration.cfm

Media Links

NBC Today Show interview with author, Warren St. John
NPR interview with author, Warren St. John, and soccer coach Luma Mufleh (Apr. 27, 2009)
Washington Post book review (Apr. 19, 2009)

Past One Book Selections

Left to Tell
by Immaculée Ilibagiza

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