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review New Boy author Tracy Chevalier 103 Î Tracy Chevalier brings Shakespeare's Othello a harrowing drama of jealousy and revenge to a 1970s era elementary school playground Arriving at his fifth school in as many years diplomat's son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day so he's lucky to hit it off with Dee the most S fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime and practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers Peeking over the shoulders of four 11 year olds Osei Dee Ian and his reluctant girlfriend Mimi Tracy Chevalier's powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy bullying and betrayal will leave you reelin. I will be honest here and say that while I knew the rough story of Othello I have never read it or seen it so I chose to read this book from the synopsis rather than the Shakespearean connectionThe story is set in Washington in the 70’s the focus of the book is a Ghanaian diplomat’s son called Osei It’s his first day at a new school and the story takes place on that one day The main focus is on a group of students Osei Dee Mimi Blanca Casper and Ian There is also focus on the hideous teacher Mr Brabant and his colleague Miss Lode who mostly is a uiet and pliable characterIan is an awful child he is the school bully a manipulative racist who takes pleasure in belittling others and is always looking for an opportunity to take advantage of a situation and if he can make others lives a misery while he’s at it then that’s all the better When Osei joins the school that Ian has worked hard to manipulate to his will and catches the eye of the popular Dee Ian senses a shift in the balance of the carefully manipulated school playground hierarchy and sets out to make Osei the outcast The children seem to have an automatic assumption about black people that they have picked up from their openly racist parents and teachers Osei entered the school assuming that his colour would be the greatest issue and in some ways the racism plays a large part in the story but the racist undercurrent aids Ian’s cruel pursuits too He is not about to have his hard work undone by the new black boy in his school I found this story disturbing and found myself absolutely furious at times – especially at Mr BrabantThis wasn’t a comfortable read but it was intense and is very well written It is relevant to current times because it is updated and relatable to what sadly is still an issue The use of the playground setting was genius I would definitely recommend this book it may not be a comfortable read but it is so well written the characters are realistically crafted and it is nicely paced There were shocks and surprises aplenty I can imagine this book being studied in secondary schools in a comparison to Shakespeare’s Othello It is a striking piece of work in it’s own right and that will catch the attention of adults and children alikeI was given a copy of this book by the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

New Boy author Tracy ChevaliS fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime and practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers Peeking over the shoulders of four 11 year olds Osei Dee Ian and his reluctant girlfriend Mimi Tracy Chevalier's powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy bullying and betrayal will leave you reelin. I will be honest here and say that while I knew the rough story of Othello I have never read it or seen it so I chose to read this book from the synopsis rather than the Shakespearean connectionThe story is set in Washington in the 70’s the focus of the book is a Ghanaian diplomat’s son called Osei It’s his first day at a new school and the story takes place on that one day The main focus is on a group of students Osei Dee Mimi Blanca Casper and Ian There is also focus on the hideous teacher Mr Brabant and his colleague Miss Lode who mostly is a uiet and pliable characterIan is an awful child he is the school bully a manipulative racist who takes pleasure in belittling others and is always looking for an opportunity to take advantage of a situation and if he can make others lives a misery while he’s at it then that’s all the better When Osei joins the school that Ian has worked hard to manipulate to his will and catches the eye of the popular Dee Ian senses a shift in the balance of the carefully manipulated school playground hierarchy and sets out to make Osei the outcast The children seem to have an automatic assumption about black people that they have picked up from their openly racist parents and teachers Osei entered the school assuming that his colour would be the greatest issue and in some ways the racism plays a large part in the story but the racist undercurrent aids Ian’s cruel pursuits too He is not about to have his hard work undone by the new black boy in his school I found this story disturbing and found myself absolutely furious at times – especially at Mr BrabantThis wasn’t a comfortable read but it was intense and is very well written It is relevant to current times because it is updated and relatable to what sadly is still an issue The use of the playground setting was genius I would definitely recommend this book it may not be a comfortable read but it is so well written the characters are realistically crafted and it is nicely paced There were shocks and surprises aplenty I can imagine this book being studied in secondary schools in a comparison to Shakespeare’s Othello It is a striking piece of work in it’s own right and that will catch the attention of adults and children alikeI was given a copy of this book by the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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New Boy author Tracy Chevalier Í Ne student can't stand to witness this budding relationship Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl By the end of the day the school and its key players teachers and pupils alike will never be the same againThe tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard where kid. The Hogarth Shakespeare series has brought us a mixed bunch of novelisations to date some excellent My Name is Shylock Hag Seed some so so Vinegar Girl and this which just didn't work for me at all Chevalier transfers Othello to an American elementary school in 1970s Washington and makes all the characters 11 year olds yep 11 In some ways this sticks uite closely to the play in terms of the plot and characters details O is Othello Dee is Desdemona the racist teacher Mr Brabant is Brabantio the school bully Ian is Iago the handkerchief is a strawberry pencil case but it misses the spirit of the play by a long way and cramming all the events into a single day compounds the sheer unbelievability of the whole thing Making the characters children and given that this is the 1970s they're likely to be immature than today's 11 year olds means that their thoughts and actions don't have psychological verisimilitude I couldn't believe for a second that Mimi Emilia can say to O Othello 'I used it to get him to break up with me Otherwise I would always be under his power and I couldn't stand that'; or that O himself at 11 can think this about his sister 'She was fifteen years old; wasn't that too young to become a radical' or that Mimi again can be this insightful and knowing about sex 'For a moment Mimi thought of the feeling of flying around the flagpole and of Ian pushing into her with his tongue and hips which she thought she would not like but did surprised to find her body responding like a light being switched on But she could not have someone like Ian turning on that light'Making O the eponymous 'new boy' upsets the way that Othello is 'the Moor of Venice' already both an insider and outsider when the play opens and the fact that he has a family complete with a Black Power saluting sister erases his status as a loner with a wavering sense of self identity The book also makes Dee the archetypal 'good' girl 'to Dee it made him the kind of teacher you always obeyed the teacher you impressed if you could the way she felt about her own father whom she wanted to please' the original Desdemona of course has disobeyed her father in the opening lines of the play by eloping with Othello This novel consistently over simplifies characters and issues which are nicely complicated in the play The ending is particularly jarring Mimi is some kind of a head achey clairvoyant so has intimations the events have happened before view spoiler and ends up paralysed we think after Ian pulls her off a climbing frame while Dee simply leaves the scene never to be heard of again intimations that she's gone to kill herself in response to the mean stories spread about her in the playground hide spoiler free read ¸ eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Tracy Chevalier

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Tracy Chevalier ´ 3 read & download Tracy Chevalier brings Shakespeare's Othello a harrowing drama of jealousy and revenge to a 1970s era elementary school playground Arriving at his fifth school in as many years diplomat's son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day so he's lucky to hit it off with Dee the most popular girl in school But o. Tracy Chevalier’s New Boy is a bravely re imagined work of Hogarth Shakespearean fiction Reset in the 1970s on an elementary school playground Othello’s racial tensions and treachery are re imagined here in a uniue new format When Osei arrives at his fourth school in as many cities he is suarely familiar with not only the sensation of being the new boy but of being the only black boy as well A product of an educated diplomatic Ghanaian family he is bright and sharply intelligent He knows what to expect in this all white atmosphere that he has once again been implanted into but to his surprise becomes friends with the Golden Girl of the sixth grade class on his very first day Yet when jealousies and tempers flare the prejudice toward the school’s lone black student propelling hateful words and malicious deeds forward the students’ lives are forever changed in this one day at schoolAdmittedly this is a highly imaginative setting for these characters yet I can’t really imagine this novel as an adult read With that being said I am grading it as high brow YA in the similar vein of vocabulary and maturity as Ransom Riggs’ Peculiar Children series Here I enjoyed the witty wink toward the original with Chevalier's use of derivatives of the original characters' names Othello became Osei; Desdemona became Dee; Iago became Ian and so forth William Shakespeare’s Othello has long been one of my absolute favorites of his works—what can I say I’m partial to his tragedies Tracy Chevalier’s adaptation of it is a work of short literary form—under 200 pages—that read uickly but not necessarily immersively For the majority of the read I felt that I was sitting on the surface of it all the contrived situations and melodramatic plot fitting for YA I suppose but wasn’t immersive for me as an adult reader until the last fifth or so of the novel There the plot picked up speed and the threads of action began to pull together As a YA read Tracy Chevalier’s New Boy functions as a relatable lesson teaching book with easily identifiable characters—the new kid the mean kid the popular boy the skanky girl the sidekick and the “weird” girl All of the typical players you’d need for a playground drama exist here and that makes this a great read for middle schoolers and early high schoolers Also the subject matter and the way that Chevalier tackles it here is also expertly handled for that age group where it will read as not only relatable but shocking simultaneouslyHoweverI definitely had some issues with this read which is part of the reason why I just can’t label it as adult fiction and why I could not give it a higher ratingview spoiler1 The drama turned to melodrama pretty uickly because of the unlikeliness of this plot line Of course we can argue that Shakespeare often gravitated toward the melodramatic—his plays were for theater after all—but New Boy was often delivered as a string of events that all culminated into the ending rather than a plausible story line that I could get behind hide spoiler