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Now is the time for running

Now is the time for running

Williams, Michael, 1962-

When soldiers attack a small village in Zimbabwe, Deo goes on the run with Innocent, his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope

Book. English.
1st U.S. ed.
Published New York: Little, Brown, 2011
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Available at Wednesfield Library.

  • Wednesfield Library – One available in Young Adult

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    XB000000113073 Young Adult Adult Fiction Available


Statement of responsibility: Michael Williams
ISBN: 0316077909, 9780316077903
Physical Description: p. cm.
Subject: Zimbabwe Fiction.; Survival Fiction.; Homeless persons Fiction.; Refugees Fiction.; Soccer Fiction.; Brothers Fiction.; Blacks Zimbabwe Fiction.; People with mental disabilities Fiction.
Uniform Title: Billion dollar soccer ball

Author note

Michael Williams is a writer of plays, musicals, operas and novels and the Managing Director of Cape Town Opera in South Africa. He began writing "radio plays" while studying at University of Cape Town and had his first novel published when he was twenty-five years old. He has written operas for young people based on African mythology as well as the libretti for symphonic operas that have premiered around the world. Michael is the author of several books, including the highly praised young adult novel Crocodile Burning. He finds writing fiction to be the perfect antidote to the drama of keeping an opera company alive in Africa.


Praise for Now Is the Time For Running:
"There is plenty of material to captivate readers: fast-paced soccer matches every bit as tough as the players; the determination of Deo and his fellow refugees to survive unthinkably harsh conditions; and raw depictions of violence... But it's the tender relationship between Deo and Innocent, along with some heartbreaking twists of fate, that will endure in readers' minds."-PW (starred review)||"A harrowing tale of modern Zimbabwe... gripping, suspenseful and deeply compassionate. Williams, a renowned dramatist, gives readers compelling characters and, in simple language, delivers a complicated story rooted - sadly and upliftingly - in very real events"-Kirkus (starred review)||"Williams skillfully draws the plight of these refugee brothers with both suspense and sympathy, and readers cannot help but root for them in their quest to rebuild their broken lives... Williams joins Beverly Naidoo and Allan Stratton with this incisive portrait of sub-Saharan Africa, a compelling mix of suspense, sports, and social injustice."-Horn Book