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Now Is the Time for Running

Williams, Michael (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Now Is the Time for Running
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When soldiers attack a small village in Zimbabwe, Deo goes on the run with Innocent, his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope.
Authors: Williams, Michael, 1962-
Title: Now is the time for running
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Characteristics: 233 p. ;,22 cm.
Notes: Originally published: The billion dollar soccer ball. South Africa : Maskew Miller Longman (Pty) Ltd., 2009.
Summary: When soldiers attack a small village in Zimbabwe, Deo goes on the run with Innocent, his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope.
ISBN: 0316077909
9780316077903
Statement of Responsibility: Michael Williams
Subject Headings: Zimbabwe Fiction. Blacks Zimbabwe Fiction. Soccer Fiction. Homeless persons Fiction. Survival Fiction. People with mental disabilities Fiction. Brothers Fiction. Refugees Fiction.
Topical Term: Blacks
Soccer
Homeless persons
Survival
People with mental disabilities
Brothers
Refugees
LCCN: 2010043460
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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book starts out with a bang and draws you in -- you care about Deo and Innocent right from the first, and as they careen from danger to danger you root for them to succeed. Where it loses steam is the last third, where Deo discovers better living through soccer. The book seemed to lose all the drive and energy it had at first, and also to lose touch with Deo as a character -- his emotions felt a little stiffer and less natural.

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Jul 07, 2013
  • Elle967 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Deo is normal kid from Gutu, Zimbabwe who has an unusual brother names Innocent and a mean right foot in soccer. When government soldiers destroy his village because people "voted wrong," Deo must flee with Innocent to South Africa. There, the brothers find that "safety" is far from assured -- they face poverty, prejudice and deception. Will they ever be able to feel at home?

Jul 07, 2013
  • Elle967 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Deo and his brother Innocent escape violent ZImbabwe, and travel to South Africa where they face xenophobia. Deo uses soccer to find his place in life and in his new home.

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