Once you begin this book, you will not be able to put it down. Deo is a character readers will care deeply about. His love and expertise in soccer, and the dangers Deo and his brother face on the way to South Africa will keep both middle school boys and girls engaged. Although this is fiction, the saddest thing is their struggles are really happening to some children in Africa today.
This book is disturbing and somewhat graphic but very appropriate for middle school readers. Now Is The Time For Running is really worth reading!