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A thoroughly believable chilling story. It takes place in an American primary school but it could apply to any minority child in the mix that is most schools. Well crafted & read.
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I thought the setting was inspired. Beyond mere superlatives and watery qualifiers. The organised chaos of the school playground. Take me home mama. The hierarchies of boys - the fast changing relationships of girls. Climbing frames and kickball. Jump ropes and double dutch. Who can twirl; who can jump. Who's in - who's out. Kid world to the fore. Adult world as background. Kudos to Tracy Chevalier and kudos to Prentice Onayemi for keeping it real. I laughed and cried the whole time I listened owing to the book's setting. I'm going to do it. I'll shove in a superlative. Genius.
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Every book published in the Hogarth Shakespeare series has been memorable and for all the right reasons. Character,challenges, setting, pace, resolution, a ha moments, fun, 'good words' and above all - soul satisfying. I could go on. For me New Boy surpassed the others for its setting and young characters. Someone picked a inspirational narrator.
For the editors of the series it is my profound hope that Julius Caesar - which has one of the greatest boardroom scenes in all literature (Act IV scene I) - will also be adapted.