One goal : a coach, a team, and the game that brought a divided town together

by Bass, Amy,

Format: Large Print 2018.
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Brentwood Library Large Print LARGE PRINT 796.334 Bass
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Call Number  LARGE PRINT 796.334 Bass
In the tradition of Friday Night Lights and Outcasts United , ONE GOAL tells the inspiring story of the soccer team in a town bristling with racial tension that united Somali refugees and multi-generation Mainers in their quest for state--and ultimately national--glory.

When thousands of Somali refugees resettled in Lewiston, Maine, a struggling, overwhelmingly white town, longtime residents grew uneasy. Then the mayor wrote a letter asking Somalis to stop coming, which became a national story. While scandal threatened to subsume the town, its high school's soccer coach integrated Somali kids onto his team, and their passion began to heal old wounds. Taking readers behind the tumult of this controversial team--and onto the pitch where the teammates vied to become state champions and achieved a vital sense of understanding--ONE GOAL is a timely story about overcoming the prejudices that divide us.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Given soccer's global popularity, the sport provides a natural assimilation experience for immigrants and refugees and there's a growing shelf of books about that. Yet newcomers' often superior skill at the game can be challenging for communities who find themselves struggling to understand the social changes taking place. This was the case in Lewiston, Maine, a mostly white, down-at-the-heels mill town where waves of Somali refugees brought new life to the downtown and new strength to the Lewiston Blue Devils, a high-school soccer team coached by veteran Mike McGraw. In this gripping account of Lewiston's journey to its first-ever high-school soccer state championship, history professor Bass vividly tells the stories of the Somalis and Lewiston, exploring the resistance and racism the refugees faced in town and on the field. It's all threaded together with Coach McGraw's own journey as he learned to deal with, for example, athletes fasting for Ramadan. While divisions undoubtedly remain, the Blue Devils' success is a heartening example of sport's ability to bring people together when it's not pushing them apart. Engrossing and informative.--Graff, Keir Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "One of the whitest states in the U.S. also boasts one of the country's most ethnically diverse high school soccer programs, explains Bass (Those About Him Remained Silent) in this relevant and rewarding narrative. Bass followed the Lewiston High School Blue Devils and the team's tireless coach, Mike McGraw, during its 2015 pursuit of a state title. In the early 2000s, Lewiston, Maine, emerged as a popular destination for Somali refugee families due to the city's low crime rate, cheap housing, and solid schools. The Somalis had an impact on life in Lewiston (sambusa, a savory Somali puff pastry, is served by snack bars at games alongside hot dogs), but, as Bass reports, the wider community was slow to accept the Somali population. Bass immersed herself in the town's culture and got to know players and families both black and white-as well as the prejudiced Lewiston residents who told Somali families to "go back to Africa." McGraw emerges as the book's true hero, a man able to put aside his own preconceptions about Muslims for the good of his players. He, along with the Lewiston High School boys' soccer team, eventually bridged a divided community on their way to winning the finals. Bass's effective portrayal of Lewiston as a microcosm of America's changing culture should be required reading for coaches, teachers, and those working with diverse populations. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Lewiston High School (Lewiston, Me.) -- Soccer -- History.
Soccer -- Maine -- Lewiston -- History.
Somalis -- Maine -- Lewiston.
Race relations.
Large type books.
Lewiston (Me.) -- Social conditions.
Publisher New York, NY :2018.
Edition Large print edition.
Other Titles 1 goal
Language English
Description xxi, 423 pages (large print) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780316511018
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