Published by Kids Can Press
Summary: When Deo is forced to flee his home in Burundi, he gets separated from his family and eventually ends up in a refugee camp in Tanzania. Life there is difficult and sometimes scary, with a bully named Remy who forces the other kids to hand over their meager possessions to him. Deo tries to make a soccer ball from banana leaves like the one he had back home, but Remy discovers it and takes it away. One day, a man comes to camp with a leather soccer ball and starts organizing the kids into teams. Deo and Remy end up on the same team and work together to score the winning goal. It’s the beginning of a friendship; that and the soccer games sustain Deo until he is able to return home to his family and a chance to coach kids from his village. Includes information and photos of the real Deo (see above); information about organizations that help kids learn how to trust each other and play together; and a paragraph called “What You Can Do”. 32 pages; grades 2-7.
Pros: Another excellent entry from Kids Can Press’s CitizenKid series, introducing readers to other young people from around the world and showing them ways they can make a difference.
Cons: The small font and large amount of text on each page may make this a more challenging read-aloud book.