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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 312
Themes: American football, racism, violence, protest, war, grief, Paris, Montreal, college, friendship, team, confrontation, loyalty, disrespect, race riots, Islam
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 12/Apr/2016
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Matt, a white quarterback from Montreal, Quebec, flies to France (without his parents’ permission) to play football and escape family pressure. Freeman, a black football player from San Antonio, Texas, is in Paris on a school trip when he hears about a team playing American football in a rough, low-income suburb called Villeneuve-La-Grande. Matt and Free join the Diables Rouges and make friends with the other players, who come from many different ethnic groups. Racial tension erupts into riots in Villeneuve when some of their Muslim teammates get in trouble with the police, and Matt and Free have to decide whether to get involved and face the very real risk of arrest and violence.

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