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Golden Game

By David Starr

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Series: Soccer United: Team Refugee

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Abbas is a Syrian refugee and a striker on a junior high soccer team of refugee and immigrant players. He is excited when his team is sponsored to play a big tournament, where he can reconnect with a friend from Syria. But a traffic accident triggers Abbas to experience anxiety and flashbacks to the violence in Syria. He finds ways to conquer his flashbacks and anxiety before the big tournament and also helps his whole team deal with the pressure of the competition.

Golden Game is one of four books that offer readers insight into the experiences of refugee youth as they adjust to life in North America.


Winner - CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens - 2018

"In David Starr and Dirk McLean's new Soccer United: Team Refugee series for reluctant middle-grade readers, kids are given insight into the lives of other kids from war-torn countries through the lens of a sport nearly all of them are familiar with: soccer is now the third-most played team sport in the U.S., ahead of even the game we call 'football.'"

- Keir Graff Booklist Reader

"Starr relays Abbas's issues with a subtlety that perfectly fits the gentle tone while still communicating how shockingly commonplace violence was in Syria ... The book has no antagonists yet still succeeds as a drama, letting Abbas conquer his fears before, naturally, conquering the opposing teams."

- Daniel Kraus Booklist

"In Golden Game, David Starr has written a truly amazing representation of PTSD and anxiety in Abbas. He created a wonderful support system that was crucial to Abbas being able to grow as he did in the book. Without his teammates, family, friends, and teachers, Abbas wouldn't have been able to progress the way he did, and through this representation support systems like this are normalized."

- Deanna Feuer CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"This is an upbeat story in spite of the PTSD, and it is treated realistically."

- Margaret Burrie, Reviewer NetGalley

"Soccer United stands apart for discussing the modern refugee crisis and the difficulties of resettlement for middle school readers."

- School Library Journal

DAVID STARR is the principal of Byrne Creek Community School in Burnaby, BC. David is the author of several other fiction and non-fiction books and has spoken nationally and internationally on community and refugee education.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 15th August 2017
ISBN: 9781459412316
Format: 7.75in x 5in

Binding: Electronic book text, 128 pages
Publication Date: 15th August 2017
ISBN: 9781459412330
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV032150, JUV039050, JUV039250
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 10 To 13
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 3.8
Lexile Reading Level: 660L


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