New Boy

New Boy

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"From beloved, bestselling historical novelist Tracy Chevalier, whose mega-hit Girl with a pearl earring enchanted readers around the world, comes a poignant, unforgettable adaptation of Othello set in the fierce world of preadolescent children, where the grown-up forces of love and jealousy, and the hurt of being ostracized, can be as real and as devastating as for any adult. "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 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 practise a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Taking us vividly 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 jealousy, bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto :, Knopf Canada,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780345809926
Branch Call Number: F CHE
Characteristics: 204 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 Othello


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This is like Othello! I just read the play, and Osei is supposed to be Othello, Dee stands for Desmonda, and Ian is the hypocritical and sneaky Iago. Good book, but I haven't read it yet. Shakespeare was genius, 5 stars since Othello was an entertaining work of literature. And the racism aspect is accurate.

Oct 01, 2020

Didn't like this one. Too concentrated (symbolic?)- in ONE DAY, of ultra-drama, almost campy good and bad "guys". No way does this happen in this kinda detail in such severe roles, even as a cartoon. Yea, i know it's a Shakespearean riff, but TOO much of an over-reach. This is not what "West Side Story" was to "Romeo and Juliet". Not even close.

Sep 05, 2019

Othello distilled onto the middle-school playground! A tale of love and jealousy, and bullying and racism, the essence of human emotions being manipulated and running amok. Very entertaining, down to the strawberry pencil-box...

Oct 29, 2018

Interesting rewriting of Othello. The new twists in the plot are welcome: you may think you know how it will end, but you nevertheless are surprised.

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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