New Boy

by Tracy Chevalier

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.


Recent Reviews

Book Review - New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

Nick Soto

4.5 Stars

A modern day re-imagination of Othello, takes us behind the fragile lives of 11 year olds - Osei, Dee, Mimi and Ian. Osei Kokote arrives to his new school. He searches for a kindred soul and finds it in Dee, who happens to be the most…

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New boy

Lakesha Foster

3.5 Stars

I liked this book. The characters were very interesting to read. I learned what was it liked to be a new kid in school. I knew that being new can be a challenge. However, I wanted more information on the boy life. I gotten this books from…

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New Boy

Caitlin Johnson

4.5 Stars

I love everything Hogarth Shakespeare puts  out. This is no exception  -it was written so beautifully. As much as I like these versions I hated reading shakespeare   in school. I wish these versions were around when I was in…

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Classic and amazing

Victoria Coleman

5 Stars

I love Shakespeare so I flipped out when I saw this! I enjoyed it soooo much. Being a black female in America I can definitely relate to a lot of the issues in the book. It's always controversial. Sometimes you have to be careful of what you…

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A Great Read!

Nadine Trimble

5 Stars

New Boy by Tracy Chevalier is a inspiring tale of friends, racial tensions, family expectations and love.  New Boy follows the intimate friendship of Dee and a new Boy to school from Ghana named, Osei. The boys' family has moved…

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