The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom
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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.

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      • content: 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.
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      • content: Narrator Kate Handford's even pacing and conversational tone guide listeners through this audiobook. Journalist Helen Thorpe reports on the multilingual teens who comprise the entry-level class in a Denver high school's English language department. In addition to recounting her observations and interviews with students from Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa--among other homelands--this work includes discussions with parents and extended family members, the classroom teacher, and other school personnel. Appropriately, Handford avoids re-creating the many accents of those involved. Instead she subtly alters her pitch when quoting different girls and boys. Together, Thorpe and Handford make the thoughts, feelings, past and present experiences, frustrations, and energy of these young people readily accessible to listeners. F.M.R.G. � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine
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