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 in South Africa. Along the way, they face the prejudice
and poverty that greet refugees everywhere, but eventually Deo
finds hope, joining dozens of other homeless, displaced teens on
the World Cup Street Soccer team--a possible ticket out of extreme
hardship to a new life.
Captivating and timely, "Now Is the Time for Running" is a
staggering story of survival that follows Deo and his brother on a
transformative journey that will stay with readers long after the
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