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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (244 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brooke Hauser Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781611202847
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Inspired by the author's widely acclaimed New York Times article, The New Kids is immersion reporting at its most compelling. Brooke Hauser takes us deep inside a unique New York City high school over the course of a year as she follows diverse newcomers whose lives are at once ordinary and extraordinary, international headlines brought to life. No native English-speaking students attend the International High School, and more than twenty-eight languages fill the halls. The students in this modern-day Babel apply to college, fall in love, and rebel against their families like normal teenagers, but many deal with enormous obstacles - traumas and wars in their countries of origin that haunt them and pressures from their cultures to marry or drop out and go to work.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The stories of these kids are simply astonishing.”

    NPR

  • “A refreshing reminder of the hurdles newcomers to this country still face and how many defy the odds to overcome them.”

    New York Times

  • “Brooke Hauser, who spent a year following members of the senior class, delivers a rich, extraordinarily moving account of the challenges they met—and the many ways in which kids are the same the world over.”

    Parade

  • Winner of the 2012 YALSA Alex Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/16/2014

    " The author has a great subject, but I feel she didn't make the most of it. Reading the book was an uncomfortable experience as the narrative jumped from character to character and I had no sense of security regarding when or if it would return to any of them. I suppose it's roughly chronological through the school year but it seemed like more of a collection of essays on the same topic rather than a connected book-length piece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 2/10/2014

    " Hauser does an impressive job of making teenage silliness funny, and finding the humanity underneath all the teenage silliness, bravado, and shyness. The book is more about adolescence and the profiled individuals than it is about education or immigration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/6/2014

    " A must-read for teachers, librarians, or other people who work with immigrant youth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/5/2014

    " This book follows the progress and shares the histiories of immigrant students at the International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn in a highly readable book. I could only admire these teens, new to the USA and to the English language, and their dedicated teachers and school administrators. While their stories are often difficult, the author finds the humor in the struggles and posturing that is common to teens while sharing the challenges and hardships that they face. Overall, a well written, inspirational book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirele Davis | 2/2/2014

    " Fascinating journalistic style book about the International High School in Brooklyn and the students who attend it. Grades 11 and up, guys and girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Carney | 1/30/2014

    " I haven't read this yet, but I'm a huge fan of Hauser's work. This is gong to be an important work for anyone who wants to understand how the ideal of being a nation of immigrants first gets tested in American education system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/19/2014

    " Not an easy non-fiction read. I found the narrative a bit confusing at times although inspiring. It's a great companion piece for "Girl in Translation" and "A Step from Heaven". I found myself constantly reaching for the tissue box. These teachers and students are amazing.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 1/14/2014

    " Some days I really do want to be a teacher, guidance counselor, advocate within the education system, social worker. The days I was reading New Kids were some of those days. Just a taste of the diversity of neighboring Crown Heights where our friends live. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 1/14/2014

    " I preferred this toJust Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Plainjane26 | 1/3/2014

    " This was dense but I did enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 12/18/2013

    " one of the best books i've read in a long time. a great chronicle of the modern day NYC teenage immigrant experience "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Eich | 12/17/2013

    " If you teach high school, or if you work with teens, you need to read this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Spinrad | 8/17/2013

    " I enjoyed the details of this...Portland is a big center for refugees. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laney | 4/26/2013

    " I wanted to like this book more than I did. Interesting concept but just didn't keep my attention. It took me forever to finish because I never felt compelled to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cate | 5/19/2012

    " This was hard to put down. Fascinating stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/18/2012

    " Another non-fiction immigrant teen story that I liked. Good as it was, the structure of it made it easier for me to put down than Breaking Night and Girl in Translation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/14/2012

    " Fantastic book. Reading about the struggle some of these students went though, just to get to the U.S. is amazing. It reminded me of how blessed I am have to have been born in the U.S. Favorite quote," Let hope breathe." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 9/14/2011

    " I haven't read this yet, but I'm a huge fan of Hauser's work. This is gong to be an important work for anyone who wants to understand how the ideal of being a nation of immigrants first gets tested in American education system. "

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