New Boy

New Boy

Large Print - 2017 | Large print edition.
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Tracy Chevalier brings Shakespeare's harrowing drama of jealousy and revenge to a 1970s era elementary school playground.

Arriving at his fifth school in as many years, diplomat's son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day - so he's lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can't stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players - teachers and pupils alike - will never be the same again.

The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard, 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. Peeking over the shoulders of four 11 year olds - Osei, Dee, Ian, and his reluctant 'girlfriend' Mimi - Tracy Chevalier's powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2017]
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781524779467
Branch Call Number: Large Print FIC Cheva
Characteristics: 319 pages (large print) ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Shakespeare, William 1564-1616. Othello.


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Apr 09, 2018

This is fine writing about a truly terrible thing. Chevalier has done a great job of transitioning to a young-adult audience, but all will learn something from this book. The end is shocking.

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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