Now Is the Time for Running

Now Is the Time for Running

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When tragedy strikes, Deo's love of soccer is all he has left. Can he use that gift to find hope once more?

Just down the road from their families, Deo and his friends play soccer in the dusty fields of Zimbabwe, cheered on by Deo's older brother, Innocent. It is a day like any other ..until the soldiers arrive and Deo and Innocent are forced to run for their lives, fleeing the wreckage of their village for the distant promise of safe haven. Along the way, they face the prejudice and poverty that await refugees everywhere, and must rely on the kindness of people they meet to make it through.

Relevant, timely, and accessibly written, Now Is the Time For Running is a staggering story of survival that follows Deo and his mentally handicapped older brother on a transformative journey that will stick with readers long after the last page.


Author: Michael Williams
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: 03/12/2013
Pages: 240
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.45lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.40w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9780316077880
Age Range: 12-17

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.3
Point Value: 7
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 146533 / Billion Dollar Soccer Ball/Now Is the Time for Running

About the Author
Michael Williams is a writer of plays, musicals, operas, and novels, and is the Managing Director of Cape Town Opera in South Africa. He is the author of several books, including the highly praised young adult novels Crocodile Burning and Now Is the Time for Running. He has written operas for young people based on African mythology as well as the libretti for symphonic operas that have premiered around the world. He finds writing fiction to be the perfect antidote to the drama of keeping an opera company alive in Africa.