The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom

The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom

From an award-winning, ?meticulously observant? (The New Yorker) writer comes a powerful and moving account of how refugee teenagers at a Denver public high school learn English and become Americans. 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, in a From an award-winning, ?meticulously observant? (The New Yorker) writer comes a powerful and moving account o...

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Title:The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom
Author:Helen Thorpe
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1501159097
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom Reviews

  • Rachel
    Feb 11, 2018
    This book was SO GOOD and eye-opening and well written and relevant and I want everyone I know to read it and love it too. ...
  • Rissie
    Feb 08, 2018
    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...
  • Kelly
    May 20, 2018
    An absolutely fascinating and absorbing look at a single classroom of refugee students at Denver South High School as they learn to navigate a new country, learning English, and forging connections with fellow refugees who speak a wide spectrum of languages with a background of horrify...
  • Jim
    Nov 30, 2017
    recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. Eddie Williams is an unsung hero. I spent a year inside his classroom, watching him teach English to kids who had just arrived in the US. He had 22 students who spoke 14 languages, and used 5 alphabets. Eddie was inspired by his mom, once an ELA st...
  • Jennifer Louden
    Apr 01, 2018
    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...
  • Carrie Esposito
    Jan 24, 2018
    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...
  • David
    Dec 14, 2017
    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...
  • Shauni
    May 19, 2018
    "Fear is the only true enemy, born of ignorance and the parent of anger and hate."--Edward Albert If you want to know what it's like to teach ESL, read this book. Of course, my job is even more fun because I teach adults instead of teenagers. I especially love this book since it was...
  • Sarah
    Dec 05, 2017
    As an employee of DPS and a former teacher of Newcomers, I felt that Thorpe did a fantastic job of telling the stories of these kids, while interweaving history, politics and pedagogy. She keeps it real, refrains from hysterics and exaggerations, and makes you feel like you are a membe...
  • Kate Jonuska
    Dec 07, 2017
    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...
  • Jenny Shank
    Mar 19, 2018
    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...
  • Barb
    Feb 09, 2018
    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...
  • Deepa
    Jul 09, 2018
    I?m so glad I read this.. The book gives a glimpse of the global refugee crisis through the lives of a few teenage refugees taking English language classes at a high school in Denver. It made me laugh to see the universal temperament of teenagers on display, but I was also saddened b...
  • Kathryn
    Jan 04, 2018
    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...
  • Erin
    Jun 26, 2018
    4.5 It took me a month to read this book because I wanted to soak up every detail. Our world desperately needs books like this as it shows the cruelty, humanity, and hope happening right now. It was an eye-opening read. ...
  • Amber Garabrandt
    Nov 13, 2017
    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...
  • Kristy Miller
    Jan 19, 2018
    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...
  • Heather
    Dec 19, 2017
    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...
  • Ali
    Mar 23, 2018
    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...
  • Katie
    Apr 18, 2018
    I cannot speak strongly enough about how much I loved this book. Few are the books that shatter the things you thought were true, expand your horizons and open your worldview, grow the compassion you have for those in this world trying to make a better place for those who don't have a ...
  • Ellen
    Mar 05, 2018
    This book is amazing. Go read it now. If you are like me and love language, culture and learning about the way things work outside of the USA, read this book. Even if you don't, read this book. It is a very appropriate and necessary book for the time. ...
  • Pat
    Jun 12, 2018
    What a wonderful testament to public education, committed teachers and the resiliency and determination of immigrant families! In a classroom at South High in Denver, Helen Thorpe has found a microcosm of the refugee crisis, and she gently uncovers it student by student. Without preach...
  • Nann
    Jan 16, 2018
    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...
  • Megan Lawson
    Jan 24, 2018
    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...
  • Karen Ashmore
    Feb 13, 2018
    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...
  • Karen
    Jul 08, 2018
    It's strange to read a book that so closely mirrors my teaching reality, but also truly beautiful to read an objective account of what teaching immigrant kids in America's public schools is all about. The author captures it well and is, not surprisingly, totally enchanted by the amazin...
  • Tucker
    Nov 24, 2017
    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...
  • Sharon Orlopp
    Jul 22, 2018
    Helen Thorpe is one of my favorite authors because she completely immerses herself in the subject matter. Thorpe's book, Just Like Me, involved immersion in the lives of four high school students. The Newcomers involved Thorpe becoming a part of the classroom with students from through...
  • Heidi
    Jul 13, 2018
    This book is extremely relevant in our country today. Written by a liberal journalist, I felt she presented her opinion and the facts in a way that avoided rubbing my more conservative worldview the wrong way. It is (unfortunately) rare these days that people listen to opposing opinion...
  • Jen Alexander
    Dec 07, 2017
    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...