New Boy by Tracy Chevalier
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Tracy Chevalier’s take on the Moor of Venice blends innocence and darkness in a way that is both unanticipated and incredibly effective. ["New Boy"] is powerful and thoughtful and captivating, a book you’ll want to savor even as you tear through its too-few pages.
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William Shakespeare's Othello retold as New Boy

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.
 

About Tracy Chevalier

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TRACY CHEVALIER is the New York Times bestselling author of five previous novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, which was translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film. Born and raised in Washington D.C., she lives in London with her husband and son.
 
Published May 16, 2017 by Hogarth. 210 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Allen Adams on May 24 2017

Tracy Chevalier’s take on the Moor of Venice blends innocence and darkness in a way that is both unanticipated and incredibly effective. ["New Boy"] is powerful and thoughtful and captivating, a book you’ll want to savor even as you tear through its too-few pages.

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