by Michael Williams
Fourteen-year-old Deo grew up in Zimbabwe playing soccer until one day soldiers came and killed everyone. Deo’s mother and grandfather died, and Deo and his older brother, Innocent, who is developmentally delayed, are left to live on their own. Together, they go to South Africa by hitching rides in cars and walking across the savannah. They endure many dangers and hardships such as crossing the Limpopo River, which has a very strong current and is a bed for hungry crocodiles. They also have to fight off many wild animals. Later, Deo joins a soccer team that plays in the Street Soccer World Cup.
This book is violent and depressing, but is also a very great book because it has many lessons about what it is like to be a refugee. I would recommend it for kids ages 9 and up.
Reviewed by Colston