New Boy

New Boy

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"O felt her presence behind him like a fire at his back."

Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat's son Osei Kokote--"O" for short--knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day, so he is lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one boy, used to holding sway in the world of the school#65533;yard, can't stand to witness the budding relationship. When Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl, the school and its key players--teachers and pupils alike--will never be the same again.

The tragedy of Othello is vividly transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington school, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. The world of preadolescents is as passionate and intense, if not more so, as that of adults. Drawing us into the lives and emotions of four eleven-year-olds--Osei, Dee, Ian and his reluctant girlfriend Mimi--Tracy Chevalier's powerful drama of friends torn apart by love and jealousy, bullying and betrayal, is as moving as it is enthralling. It is an unfor#65533;gettable novel.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2017.
ISBN: 9780345809926
Branch Call Number: FIC Cheva
Characteristics: 204 pages ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Shakespeare, William 1564-1616. Othello.


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Jul 28, 2017

Influenced by Shakespeare's Othello, this is a modern take and an enjoyable read. Characters are well developed and the themes and plot are relevant and believable. Chevalier has even incorporated the pace of events at a similar speed as the play. The ending makes you think too! I would highly recommend it.

Jun 07, 2017

My motivation in reading "New Boy," is that I read anything that Tracy Chevalier writes. Her writing is very clear and clean. Not having read Othello, I don't know how closely it tracks with it. I am amazed at how much happened in the span of a day. Bullying is a concern in 2017 and this book is worth a read just to see how early in a child's life that can occur.

The time, 1974, and setting, Washington D.C., is also timely. With some comparing Nixon to Trump, tempers are high now too. See page 156.

tanner Jun 01, 2017

Devastating - the ultimate of tragedies. In true Shakepearean style : love, betrayal, pain and anguish.

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