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Now Is the Time for Running by Michael  Williams
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Oct 03, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, psc-reviews, sports, young-adult, realistic-fiction
Read in October, 2011

Deo’s tranquil village life in Tanzania is destroyed when government soldiers come to steal food and slay most of the village. Deo and his Innocent, his developmentally delayed older brother flee to South Africa where they find work on a farm and are hated by the locals because they are willing to receive less that the going wage. Seeking a better life, the two brothers head for Johannesburg where life becomes even more grim and tragic. In the end, it is his love of soccer that offers Deo even a little bit of hope for his future. Not too long but plenty of important issues served up – what creates refugees, how should a country treat those it considers to be “other.” Worth reading.
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