New Boy

May 16, 2017|
New Boy by TRACY CHEVALIER
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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 school­yard, 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 unfor­gettable novel.

Heather's Review

New Boy is a modern retelling of Othello by Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With A Pearl Earring. It is set in the 1970s on a suburban school playground taking place over a single school day – with recesses and lunch breaks creating the acts. The young characters crackle with adult energy and desires, and it culminates with an inte...

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Title:New Boy
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:208 pages, 7.99 X 5.2 X 0.6 in
Shipping dimensions:208 pages, 7.99 X 5.2 X 0.6 in
Published:May 16, 2017
Publisher:Knopf Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780345809926

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