The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom by Helen Thorpe

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Read The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom Online Free - From an award-winning, “meticulously observant” (The New Yorker) writer comes a powerful and moving account of how refugee teenagers at a Denver public high school learn English and become Americans.

The Newcomers follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of the 2015-2016 school year as they land at South High School in Denver, Colorado, in an English Language Acquisition class created specifically for them. Speaking no English, unfamiliar with American culture, their stories are poignant and remarkable as they face the enormous challenge of adapting. These newcomers, from fourteen to nineteen years old, come from nations convulsed by drought or famine or war. Many come directly from refugee camps, after experiencing dire forms of cataclysm. Some arrive alone, having left or lost every other member of their original family.

At the center of The Newcomers is Mr. Williams, the dedicated and endlessly resourceful teacher of South’s very beginner English Language Acquisition class. If Mr. Williams does his job right, the newcomers will leave his class at the end of the school year with basic English skills and new confidence, their foundation for becoming Americans and finding a place in their new home.

With the US at a political crossroads around questions of immigration, multiculturalism, and America’s role on the global stage, Helen Thorpe presents a fresh and nuanced perspective. The Newcomers is a transformative take on these timely, important issues.

Title : The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom
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ISBN : 1501159097
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Tucker rated it ★★★★☆

November 24, 2017

In “The Newcomers,” Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, “Just Like Us” and “Soldier Girls.” “The Newcomers” follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt to American culture, and b...

Amber rated it ★★★★★

November 13, 2017

Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been out for some ti...

Kate rated it ★★★★★

December 07, 2017

This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they speak or traum...

Janeene rated it ★★★☆☆

November 12, 2014

A good story of women who served in Afghanistan and Iraq - particularly the struggles they had when coming home. My favorite quote from the book "This was an economic draft - George W Bush offered money to draft the poor population over and over again to fight his fight, and left his own class vir...

Jen rated it ★★★★★

December 07, 2017

I’m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its pages. Like Thorp...

Virginia rated it ★★★★☆

November 29, 2017

Helen Thorpe provides an account of twenty-two teenagers from different countries and background that come together at on school, South High School in Denver, Colorado. She describes their experiences in a beginner level English Language Acquisition class during the 2016-2017 school year. Many of...

Ginae rated it ★★★★★

September 24, 2017

Back a long time ago, when I was in middle school, then, high school, I always wondered what it would be like to transfer to a school in another country. I can only surmise that it must have felt incredibly lonely on a level which most of cannot fathom. This book is too much. It has far too much...

Karen rated it ★★★★★

December 09, 2017

This is an amazing book telling the stories of 22 teenage refugees in an English Language Acquisition (ELA) class in a Denver high school. During the year the author spent in Eddie Williams' classroom, she watches these teens move from little to no English to the ability to read, write and speak....

Natasha rated it ★★★★☆

June 28, 2017

After reading Nujeen Mustafa's arduous journey from Syria to German to escape the horrors of war, I was indeed intrigued to read more about refugees. The Newcomers followed the lives of the Class of 142 in South High School which consisted of not only young refugees from the Middle East but also...

Cherity rated it ★★★★★

August 25, 2017

The book tells stories of teenage immigrants and refugees from very different backgrounds and how they are turning into American teenagers through studying in a Denver high school. The events in the book coincide with Trump's presidential campaign and election win, so the book shows us the atmosp...

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