New Boy by Julian Houston

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Fifteen-year-old Rob Garrett wants nothing more than to escape the segregated South and prove himself. But in late 1950s Virginia, opportunity doesn’t come easily to an African American. So Rob’s parents take the unusual step of enrolling their son in a Connecticut boarding school, where he will have the best education available. He will also be the first student of color in the school’s history. No matter—Rob Garrett is on his way.
   But times are changing. While Rob is experiencing the privilege and isolation of private school, a movement is rising back home. Men and women are organizing, demanding an end to segregation, and in Rob’s hometown, his friends are on the verge of taking action. There is even talk about sitting in at a lunch counter that refuses to serve black people. How can Rob hope to make a difference when he’s a world away?


About Julian Houston

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Julian Houston was born in Richmond, Virginia, and educated in the public schools of that city before attending the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. He attended Boston University and was a community organizer in Harlem during the civil rights movement. He is now an associate justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts. Julian Houston lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife and family. 9780395689653
Published January 14, 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 288 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The most disturbing — and beautifully written — scene in this novel is not the sit-in that Rob's friends stage, but the potent vision of white reprisal that follows Rob's innocent dream of rebellion as his southbound train approaches Washington.

Feb 12 2006 | Read Full Review of New Boy

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In the author's capable hands, the teen's trip to Harlem to visit his schoolteacher cousin becomes an exploration of the segregationist movement within black society: Rob encounters Malcolm X and his followers, whose militancy clashes with how Rob has been taught to deal with the everyday indigni...

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