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The newcomers : finding refuge, friendship, and hope in America

Author: Helen Thorpe
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 2018. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Scribner trade paperback editionView all editions and formats
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The Newcomers follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of the 2015-2016 school year as they land at South High School in Denver, Colorado. These newcomers, from fourteen to nineteen years old, come from nations convulsed by drought or famine or war. Many come directly from refugee camps, after experiencing dire forms of cataclysm. Some arrive alone, having left or lost every other  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Thorpe
ISBN: 9781501159107 1501159100
OCLC Number: 1056096139
Description: xix, 406 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The newcomers and those who welcomed them --
Part I: Fall. Nice to meet you ; The chair is short ; Smile ; Do you want a pencil? ; Have you seen war? ; Bonita ; Does she know Jesus? --
Part II: Winter. Delicious stick of butter ; The realist ; What five times (or, "I work my ass off") ; Our souls at night --
Part III: Spring. Well-taped boxes ; We hate sheep ; Wir schaffen das ; Silly one ; Qalb ; Busy, busy, busy ; Miss, I have nerves --
Part IV: Summer. Heal Africa --
Part V: Fall. Careless driving ; What is resolution?
Responsibility: Helen Thorpe.

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The Newcomers follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of the 2015-2016 school year as they land at South High School in Denver, Colorado. These newcomers, from fourteen to nineteen years old, come from nations convulsed by drought or famine or war. Many come directly from refugee camps, after experiencing dire forms of cataclysm. Some arrive alone, having left or lost every other member of their original family. At the center of their story is Mr. Williams, their dedicated and endlessly resourceful teacher of English Language Acquisition. If Mr. Williams does his job right, the newcomers will leave his class at the end of the school year with basic English skills and new confidence, their foundation for becoming Americans and finding a place in their new home. Ultimately, "The Newcomers reads more like an anthropologist's notebook than a work of reportage: Helen Thorpe not only observes, she chips in her two cents and participates. Like her, we're moved and agitated by this story of refugee teenagers ... Donald Trump's gross slander of refugees and immigrants is countered on every page by the evidence of these students' lives and characters."

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