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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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