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5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed and powerful
This story starts with a massacre in Zimbabwe. Deo and his older brother Innocent are forced to flee for their lives after government forces kill their mother, grandfather and most of their village. They head towards the border, fortunately avoiding being caught by wild animals or any human predators along the way, hoping they will be reunited with their absent father who...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pulls no punches
This book, which is aimed for the older reader, does not pull its punches. It describes how a 15 year old boy, Deo, becomes a refugee. It is traumatic and the book doesn't flinch from painting the horrific losses this young lad suffers. It is not a comfortable read. For the 11+ reader it offers subject matter that is challenging but not as so often the case of books for...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed and powerful, 26 Mar 2013
This review is from: Now is the Time for Running (Paperback)
This story starts with a massacre in Zimbabwe. Deo and his older brother Innocent are forced to flee for their lives after government forces kill their mother, grandfather and most of their village. They head towards the border, fortunately avoiding being caught by wild animals or any human predators along the way, hoping they will be reunited with their absent father who they believe lives and works in South Africa. It's a long hard journey for football mad Deo and he has to constantly keep a close eye on his brother who still has the mind of a child and little understanding of the dangers around them. They finally reached Johannesburg only to discover that refugees from Zimbabwe are not welcome and, with nowhere else to turn, they live on the streets, despised and persecuted by the local inhabitants. Things get worse and worse, there is no safety anywhere, and they fail to find their father. Deo's football skills prove to be his salvation and eventually he finds himself involved in the Homeless World Cup. This is a real football tournament that aims to unite homeless people and help them improve their lives. There is so much sadness in this book. Man's inhumanity to man is evident from the very first pages, and yet it is also uplifting. Deo's love for his brother, the courage he finds to confront the terrors that lie in their way and acts of kindness that shine out among the violence and the hatred turn this from being a book about despair to a book about hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is great book!!!, 27 Jan 2014
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This an amazing book that I found very interesting. I would recommend this to anyone who's a football fan but at some points it can be confusing but I still recommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worth A Look, 30 Nov 2013
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Mr. J. A. Smith "thetoot" (Blackwell) - See all my reviews
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The idea of a football story set in the perilous and morally corrupt and physically corrupting world of Zimbabwe is a great one. There is a seriousness, a grit to this which really appealed to me. The whole thing is really well written and would make an excellent film. It's difficult to find fiction which really captures your attention if you are a teenage boy, but this did the job for me and I would have loved it if it had been around when I was in my formative years. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 7 Aug 2013
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My 13 year old son really struggles to find books that will engage him. He stayed up reading under the covers until 2am to finish this, and recounted the tale afterwards with great enthusiasm. Evidently gripping and emotionally complex yet appeals to the football-mad.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pulls no punches, 7 May 2013
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artemisrhi "artemisrhi" (Forest of Dean) - See all my reviews
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This book, which is aimed for the older reader, does not pull its punches. It describes how a 15 year old boy, Deo, becomes a refugee. It is traumatic and the book doesn't flinch from painting the horrific losses this young lad suffers. It is not a comfortable read. For the 11+ reader it offers subject matter that is challenging but not as so often the case of books for this age group based around teenage relationships.

The one area where I feel this book is weak is that it makes little or no attempt to explain the politics around why Deo becomes a refugee and why is family is murdered. It would be a good book to read but would need support from teachers, parents and watching of the news to really make the most of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an epic story and a great read, 26 July 2012
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K. D. Squire (Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK) - See all my reviews
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i loved this book, it was such a great read from start to finish. the atrocities these boys suffered and the turnaround they achevied is truely amazing and is a heart warming story that will captivate right until the end. a must read for the summer especially with the sport at the head of every news paper.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Now is the time for reading, 19 Jun 2012
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This book is about recent problems that have engulfed Zimbabwe and recent xenophobia riots that happened in South Africa all with a little bit of football thrown into the mix.

The book follows Deo, who is 14 at the start of the book, as he flees his homeland. He and his elder brother, Innocent, who is disabled have to leave Zimbabwe, their home, after soldiers come to their village and kill everyone after the way the elections happened there. They have to escape the country, which is dangerous especially with Innocent, and once they reach South Africa will they find what they are looking for? Or will unrest there lead to xenophobic riots? Is there a way out - perhaps football can provide the release, or maybe substance abuse?

I enjoyed the book. I enjoyed Innocent as a character and liked the way he lived up to his name somewhat. There were harrowing scenes in the book based on things that have happened in real life. Although this is a work of fiction you can definitely imagine these things having happened in these places.

The book is quite short and Deo's narration is quite simple but it is definitely worth a read especially if you like football or you want to find out more about the problems faced in Zimbabwe and South Africa in recent years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fact & Fiction, 14 Jun 2012
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D. Elliott (Ulverston, Cumbria) - See all my reviews
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Author Michael Williams is a South African writer of novels, plays and musicals targeted at young adults. His recent publication - `Now Is The Time For Running' - is fiction based on fact and it makes an awesome stimulating and thought provoking read that is both heartbreakingly hurtful and heartwarmingly hopeful. It was inspired by interviews the author had with Zimbabwean youths who were refugees in South Africa, and it is based on real life xenophobic violence against immigrants and `foreign' communities. Furthermore it is set against actual locations such as the Limpopo River separating Zimbabwe and South Africa, the township of Alexandra, Johannesburg, and Cape Town; and it refers to real persons such as Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. These scenarios underpin a thrilling story that at the same time reveals insights to South Africa's recent history.

In simple straightforward language the story is narrated by a Zimbabwean boy, Deo, aged 14 years when he survives a horrific massacre in his home village, and he sets off with his brain damaged elder brother to seek his father in South Africa. The title `Now Is The Time For Running' stems from their dash across a wild life park to escape man-eating animals, but in addition to natural hazards their flight is a nightmare of running from marauding soldiers, security guards, criminal gangs and exploiters - though also there are helpers along the way, and always there is Deo's overwhelming love for his brother. The story unfolds over a timescale of about 3 years and Michael Williams skilfully introduces many social and economic issues of the post-apartheid period, together with youth problems such as gang culture and solvent abuse. All these topics are cleverly interwoven by football - commencing with a village kick-about at Deo's village when soldiers arrive to purge it of those not voting for the President - Mugabe - then via various other football opportunities in situations met along their journey. These include a formal tournament which again is based on fact - the Homeless World Cup - "an annual event on the global sporting calendar".

The subject matter of `Now Is The Time For Running' is so serious and weighty, and the story is so well told, that it is lifted beyond a young adult readership and is will have an impact on older readers who were alive at the time of apartheid atrocities. South Africa's problems didn't end with the ending of apartheid, but this story of survival and self discovery allows a glimpse of something better, together with the capacity for sport to bring people together. Narrative avoids excessive shock and gory detail, but does not flinch form dealing with prejudice, degradation, hate, brutality, poverty, squalor and despair. In spite of these negatives it finishes as optimistically hopeful - after providing compelling reading from start to finish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Now Is The Time For Running, 1 Aug 2014
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This was a fantastic book, consisting of well constructed characters and storyline, lots of action and authentic emotions are expressed by the characters. The book is thought-provoking as it encompasses society's issues explaining that there are no inferiors in team.
I recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend., 3 Sep 2014
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This was recommended by my sons school as part if their summer reading list.
My son thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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