The Newcomers

Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom

Twenty-two teenaged refugees adapt to life in America with the help of their English teacher.

By Helen Thorpe Read by Kate Handford Biographies & Memoirs / Education / Nonfiction / Social Science English, Unabridged 15h 10m Sell Sheet
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2 MP3 CDs November 14, 2017 $29.99 $19.99 9781520085739 Add to Cart
12 Audio CDs November 14, 2017 $49.99 $39.99 9781520085692 Add to Cart
							Offering a nuanced and transformative take on immigration, multiculturalism, and America's role on the global stage, The Newcomers follows and reflects on the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of their 2015-2016 school year at Denver's South High School. Unfamiliar with American culture or the English language, the students range from the age of fourteen to nineteen and come from nations struggling with drought, famine, or war. Many come directly from refugee camps, and some arrive alone, having left or lost every other member of their family. Their stories are poignant and remarkable, and at the center of their combined story is Mr. Williams: the dedicated and endlessly resourceful teacher of their English Language Acquisition class-a class which was created specifically for them and which will provide them with the foundation they need to face the enormous challenges of adapting to life in America.

"Thorpe writes with great compassion...Her story will entertain and enlighten readers, creating a wider, more sympathetic view of the world and its inhabitants-certainly something we need right now." - Kirkus Reviews

"An extensive, riveting account that presents the manifold challenges of the refugee crisis through the microcosm of one classroom." - Booklist

"...we learn a great deal, and that’s never been more crucial than at this moment. ★★★½ out of four." - USA Today

"A delicate and heartbreaking mystery story..." - The New York Times Book Review

"Together, Thorpe and Handford make the thoughts, feelings, past and present experiences, frustrations, and energy of these young people readily accessible to listeners." - Audiofile