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A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  270 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
A Home on the Field is about faith, loyalty, and trust. It is a parable in the tradition of Stand and Deliver and Hoosiers—a story of one team and their accidental coach who became certain heroes to the whole community.

For the past ten years, Siler City, North Carolina, has been at the front lines of immigration in the interior portion of the United States. Like a number o
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Rayo (first published 2006)
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Dec 16, 2008 Jeremy rated it really liked it
This book snuck up on me. On the surface it's the story of a small southern town and their Mexican-American high school students coming together on the field.
But it's really the study of how immigration affects America, especially Mexican-Americans and their assimilation. Do you know the difference between a Hispanic and a Latino/Latina? Did you know the contribution rates of 2nd generation Mexican-Americans? I didn't, but this book showed me shades of grades and entirely new facets in an argume
Mr. Holt
Jun 19, 2013 Mr. Holt rated it liked it
While the story within the novel "A Home on the Field" is a critical and timely one that all global citizens need to be aware of, the writing is very flat and forced. If the author wrote it more like a story and less like a newspaper article it would have flowed more freely and been easier to get into. The book tells the story of a small town in North Carolina grappling with an influx of Hispanic community members. The story paints the picture of turbulence and great difficulty the outsiders wer ...more
Mar 12, 2015 Lupi_19 rated it really liked it
A home on the Field is a really good nonfiction book. I believe the purpose of this book is to inform people and let people become aware of how Hispanic immigration is shaping this state and the country, and the the type of difficulties they have to go through because of discrimination. The author does a really good job of achieving this purpose by the story he tells in the book. Overall the book has no weaknesses because although it was nonfiction, it was very entertaining. The strength was it ...more
Dec 17, 2014 Cesar rated it it was amazing
This has probably been the best book that I have read because there were so many things that I could relate too in this book which also made it a lot more enjoyable to read. This book is about a guy named Paul who is an investigative reporter from Chicago and decides to move to North Carolina to write about the impacts of Latinos moving to many rural areas in the south and how they try to earn a living from what they have and how hard they try to find jobs. Paul then sees some kids playing socce ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing
A Home On The Field: How One Championship Soccer Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America by Paul Cuadros is an engaging nonfiction book about the journey a high school team makes to win the soccer State Championships. The high school is called Jordan-Matthews High School, or JM for short. It’s located in Siler City, North Carolina, only about forty minutes from Chapel Hill. Siler City, a poultry processing town, is a magnet for Latina immigrants who want to escape the violence o ...more
Dec 03, 2008 Molly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone with questions about immigration
Recommended to Molly by: Bekah and the public library
Shelves: curriculum
Everyone in North Carolina should read this book. It's a true story about a soccer team that won a state championship. It takes place right down the road in Siler City, and it answered several of my questions about immigration. One of my former teachers is in it.
David Orphal
Jul 07, 2014 David Orphal rated it really liked it
A feel-good real-life story about he first three years if Jordan-Mathews High School Soccer team. From anti-immigrant rallies to state champions, this book has the same feel as Remember the Titans with a wonderful // about a small town learning to get along with their new neighbors.

With all of the uproar over the current waves of child-immigrants coming into The USA from Central America, folks might be well served to have a reminder that so called illegal immigrants are also human beings.

This book, the required summer reading book for Cardigan Mountain School grades 7-9 for 2013, was a interesting read. The first 7 chapters are a bit bland, but they do outline and introduce the writer, the town, the challenges and the reason Cuadros got involved. After these chapters, however, the book begins to pick up the pace and locked me in as a reader.

I was amazed, despite what I expected for roadblocks thrown up, at how the community dragged it's feet, enlisted the help of national organ
Trey Parker
Oct 07, 2013 Trey Parker rated it it was ok
This books plot is about a small town, Siler City North Carolina. As Paul is prompted with many chicken processing work offers he declines. More and more Latino families are moving into this city with there children. He came to find about the slow immigration to this country. When he got hear he pleaded to the principle to let the latino kids go to school here, he did not like the idea but he agreed. Then paul asked if they could make a soccer team for them but he thinking it was to much to ask, ...more
Seth Gray
Sep 24, 2013 Seth Gray rated it really liked it
This summer, I read the book, A Home on the Field, by Paul Cuadros. This book became increasingly more interesting. Initially, I expected this book to be long and boring, but it turned out to be a fascinating and fun book to read. The book is a true story about a Latino man named Paul Cuadros. Life, as a journalist, was good for Paul, but he felt something was missing. He remembered how great it was when he played on a soccer team when he was young and Paul wanted others to feel the same way he ...more
Mar 12, 2012 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-school
This is a great story of Latino teens overcoming racism and poverty in rural North Carolina. In the book, Paul Cuadros describes his first three years coaching the fledgling soccer program at Jordan Matthews High School in Siler City, a small town facing a huge influx of Hispanic immigrants. It wasn't a very difficult or profound novel, but it was a fun read. I actually learned a lot about the Latino way of life--family comes before everything, including school; Latinos are often targets of mugg ...more
It is always fun and a bit amazing to read a book set in an area with which I am very familiar. I recognized most of the towns and venues in this book and am familiar with the political issues involving hispanics that Cuadros addresses in Siler City and in rural North Carolina. I am also very sympathetic to the situation of hispanics in rural North Carolina. I think it is a story that needs to be told and I appreciated the history and discussion. However, the book was overall a disappointment.

Jun 14, 2015 Ben rated it it was amazing
Half soccer action and half social commentary, two tales magically come together in the small town of Siler City, North Carolina. Cuadros writes simply and clearly while easily traversing between overarching racial and political issues and the more immediate narratives of his high school team and individual players. Despite the fact that the author refuses to give any ground over his obviously biased political beliefs, I still found the book (and author) to be eminently enjoyable.
Jan 03, 2009 Albert rated it it was amazing
this is a really inspirering book because it could make you laugh and if you are sensitive maybe even cry. Paul was the write and character in the book. Paul came to silver city and created a soccer team called " los jets " In the second day of practice 16 players came and some were not eligible to join because they had dropped out of school. others had found it to hot to practice so they stayed home insted.
work was everything for them if they had a job then they were not conside
Jan 05, 2015 Melyssa rated it liked it
This book was an interesting experience for me because it is a true story set in a town where I have lived. It was interesting to read, especially as people I knew pop up in the story. But beyond that this book looks at the serious issue of immigration, and tells an inspiring story of the local high school's first soccer team. The book is a little dated now, as the town has changed even more since it was published, but it is still a worthwhile read.

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This book is about how a small town in North Carolina adjusted to an influx of Hispanics. The author tells the story of forming a boy's soccer team at the local high school and how it helped bring the community together. It could have just as easily been describing our community and the growing pains of accepting diverse citizens.
May 26, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I picked this book up (at Letters the wonderful new-ish used bookstore downtown-check it out!). Along with enjoying a great read, I have gained a much fuller understanding of what life in NC is like for many of our Latino neighbors. I would urge you to also read and learn. Great book!!!!
Dec 04, 2011 Meagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book snuck up on me. I wasn't expecting this story to grab my heart the way that it did, but by the end I was completely in love with these boys. Cuadros does an amazing job of absolutely engaging you in the story of this high school football team. The team, "Los Jets" is made up of mostly Latino immigrants, and most are in the country illegally. Paul Cuadros starts a team to keep the boys in school, and it chronicles the first three years of their adventure. It was amazing to watch the evo ...more
Omar Flores
May 22, 2016 Omar Flores rated it really liked it
I straight up love this book. Paul Cuadros' Home on the field is about a true story. A man who went into a town, made a soccer team possible in the high school, and made class on grass. I wont spoil the ending but this team comes a long way man !
Jan 13, 2010 Tomherndon rated it really liked it
I read some other reviews on this listing. I agree with many of them. I regret not spending more time IN Siler City/Jordan Matthews when I worked there.

While the book/author focuses on the Latino immigration, similar issues exist for both empowered and refugee immigrants from Asia; the students of the educated Indian families and the various ethnic groups escaping Burma and the Vietnam region. While on opposite ends of the economic spectrum, some similar issues arise for a feeling of belonging
Seth Farber
I love the fact that this story has been told, though I didn't find myself all that engaged by how Cuadros went about telling it. He is a capable writer, and the stretches of straightforward narrative are at times incredibly poignant. However, his attempts at social commentary tend to miss the mark, seeming more likely to distract from his students' story than to help readers understand it more fully. Still, in his best moments, Cuadros is simply introducing us to a group of kids whose exploits ...more
Sep 04, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it
I got this book from a friend and had never heard of it when I started. I gave it 4 instead of 3 stars because I read it so fast, which means I must have liked it, right? I liked the soccer story part, because I coach and see a lot of similarities between his team and my own - except for the whole winning part. I like the immigration parts because it helps me to understand my students some. The only thing about which I was not a huge fan was the complete bias of the author. I even agree with his ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Annette rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! Insights I never thought of! These are my neighbors in North Carolina!
Rebecca Thatcher-Murcia
Cuadros tells an inspiring story of coaching a high school soccer team.
Apr 16, 2016 Kevin rated it liked it
Nick gave this to me a while back. Inspiring story. Entertaining.
Not a bad book-- but I didn't like the writing style, and I really had to force myself to pay attention. I'm also not a fan of soccer. Or any sports at all, honestly. I only read this book because my U.S. History teacher assigned it.

Looking beyond that, though, I did like the parts that focused on the effects of immigration and the social issues/changes that Siler City experienced. I'm from a small town in North Carolina myself (about an hour's drive away from Siler City), and it felt pretty co
Aug 16, 2013 Dave rated it liked it
An inspiring story of a young Latino journalist (the author) who moves to Siler City, NC, site of infamous anti-immigrant fervor around the turn of the millennium. Cuadros starts a soccer team at the local high school in order to get Latino boys involved in their community (for the benefit of both).

The book represents rather ordinary writing, but the subject matter is important and Siler City is near my home, so I still enjoyed it. The long sequences of soccer play-by-play were probably unnecess
Jan 24, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it
As I read A Home on the Field, I discovered that many of the characters in the story I was able to relate to the way they lived life or grew up in the U.S. For example,both David and Enrique were two undocumented students who were very talented soccer players and also had a dream of going to college.They never lost focus of their goals in life and went on to become really successful in life. Reading A Home in the Field made me want to push myself to higher expectations and higher goals in overal ...more
Leslie Ann
Jul 07, 2013 Leslie Ann rated it really liked it
I read this book immediately after I read Enrique's Journey. If you are interested in the Latino immigrant experience, I recommend both books in that order, but each is fine on its own as well. Living in NC, this book revealed details about my community that I knew existed but had not been revealed to me. The use of the soccer team in small-town Siler City as a vehicle to expose the struggles of Latino immigrants was ideal in that it was easier to engage the reader, but no less accurate.
May 28, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it
It's an inspiring underdog story with local connections and thought-provoking discussions of immigration, human rights, and education. All teachers and politicians in North Carolina should be required to learn about this success story. Sadly, I docked it a star because of poor editing. The number of errors was embarrassing.
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