Middle Grade Review – Tournament Fugee by Dirk McLean

Tournament Fugee by Dirk McLean, Lorimer (August 2017). Advanced Reader’s Copy courtesy of NetGalley (all opinions are my own)

Victor immigrated from Syria and lives in the Greater Toronto Area with his family. His passion is soccer, and he is invited to join a team of players travelling to BC to play in a tournament for Syrian boys. Victor, the goalkeeper, is chosen to be the team captain. He learns what it means to be a leader, while also dealing with his feelings of responsibility off the field.

The story was a good introduction to the experiences of a boy from Syria now living in Canada, although it sometimes felt lacking in backstory that would make it more meaningful. The writing style makes it accessible to a wide range of readers, and would make it a good recommendation for developing readers.

3/5 stars

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