My third in this series of Shakespearean rewrites but sadly I did not enjoy it as much as either Hag Seed or Vinegar GirlNew Boy is based on Othello and many of the similarities were obvious but I thought the author s idea of lacing the action in a 1970 s elementary school in the USA was roblematic at least for me I really feel that eleven year old children in 1970 were not so street smart or so sexualised I am sure they may have ostracised the single non white child in the school but the havoc this child wreaks in one simple six hour school day is nonsensicalThe idea was good the writing is good but the setting is wrong and the time span far too short Even for a Young Adult audience the age group of the characters is too youngOops Sorry did not mean to be so critical Let s just say this book did not do it for me but I notice that many other eople liked it very much 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 lay in terms of the lot 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 You're The Only Star (In My Blue Heaven): Popular Standard; Single Songbook pencil case but it misses the spirit of thelay 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 Kissing Another Grimaldi (Bovaghnian Rogues 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 hisower 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 Romanticism and the Rise of English 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 thelay opens and the fact that he has a family complete with a Black Power saluting sister Tracy Chevalier s New Boy is a bravely re imagined work of Hogarth Shakespearean fiction Reset in the 1970s on an elementary school Out of the Shoebox: An Autobiographic Mystery 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 Aroduct 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 rejudice toward the school s first day Yet when jealousies and tempers flare the rejudice toward the school s black student ropelling hateful words and malicious deeds forward the students lives are forever changed in this one
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schoolAdmittedly this is a highly setting for these characters yet I can t really imagine this novel as this is a highly setting for these characters yet I can t really imagine this novel as 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 artial to his tragedies Tracy Chevalier s adaptation of it is a work of short literary form under 200 Der Unterschied: Was den Mensch zum Menschen macht 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 melodramaticlot 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 lot icked up speed and the threads of action began to An Atheist and a Christian Walk Into a Bar: Talking about God, the Universe, and Everything 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 theopular boy the skanky girl the sidekick and the weird girl All of the typical Ella's First Exam: A Medical Exam Fiction (Ella's Exams Book 1) players you d need for alayground 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 art 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 retty uickly because of the unlikeliness of this Principios de economía política plot line Of course we can argue that Shakespeare often gravitated toward the melodramatic hislays 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 Aunt Jane's Nieces plausible story line that I could get behind hide spoiler This is aowerful and oignant retelling of Shakespeare s Othello I read the original and its modern redecessor back to back and in my humble opinion thought Chevalier did justice to this timeless story from the renowned bardIt was a bold and interesting option to transmute the original from an epic tragedy to the experiences of a handful of children during just one school day on a layground This truncated time eriod and microcosm community is used as a stage for the wider modern Beneath the Moors and Darker Places political and social world If Shakespeare wrote of the conspiracies of man then Chevalier drew insight to theettiness of it Her young cast of characters are every bit as scheming intuitive and Lascia che sia felice pack minded as their ancient counterarts and this This Beats Working for a Living: The Dark Secrets of a College Professor proved that the samerejudices are sadly every bit as We'll Make It Through prevalent centuries laterI received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Thank you to the author Tracy Chevalier and theublisher Hogarth for this oppo. From the New York Times bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring comes the fifth installment in the Hogarth Shakespeare series a modern retelling of Othello set in a suburban schoolyardArriving at his fifth school in as many years a 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. ,
Rtunity 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 lace 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 The Age of Apollyon pliable characterIan is an awful child he is the school bully a manipulative racist who takesleasure 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 opular Dee Ian senses a shift in the balance of the carefully manipulated school layground hierarchy and sets out to make Osei the outcast The children seem to have an automatic assumption about black Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples people that they haveicked up from their openly racist arents and teachers Osei entered the school assuming that his colour would be the greatest issue and in some ways the racism lays a large The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 part in the story but the racist undercurrent aids Ian s cruelursuits 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 The National Debt: A Short History 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 nicelyaced 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 Rites, Rights and Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia's Black Pacific 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 e New Boy is a very tightly wound compact retelling of Othello that retains the original s exploration of love and betrayal racism strength and weakness but transforms the situation to an elementary school and setting the conflict between adolescents which heightens the tension andathos for the reader Tracy Chevalier does a fine job turning the classic assionate tragedy into a character drama in which the children s thoughts and deeds are a reflection of the some of the worst or most insidious ills and nastiness of American society and though set in the 1970s I felt a dull ache of discomfort of how relevant the same sentiments and issues and ills are in today s world I would rate this 35 stars overall it s erhaps a bit short for my liking especially considering Othello is one of Shakespeare s longer lays somewhat unbelievable in the rate of escalation of events arrival and love and betrayal and conseuences all in a si This is the modern reimagining in the Hogarth Shakespeare series of the dark sychological lay Othello It is transferred to the 1970s and set amongst 6th graders and teachers in a elementary school in a suburb of Washington DC It works surprisingly well and the action takes lace over the Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde period of a day The heavy and raw emotions of an incendiary jealousy bent on destruction rage envy insecurity and resentment fits well into the schoollayground where the smallest of incidents gets blown up into mammoth Karneval, Vol. 4 proportions The importance attached to in crowds andopularity resonate with school kids and underline its insidious malevolence in the school milieuOsei is black a Ghanian diplomat s son and the eponymous new boy who understands the need for friends to fit in into the all white school There is blatant The Hiding Place presence of a casual racism coming from teachers and children Rising above all that and seeking to understand is the brightretty and opular Dee who befriends Osei along with Casper This uts the cat among the igeons as the old social order erceives itself to be threatened The Elephants Journey personified by the manipulative and jealous Ian chief ruler of thelayground using fear and bullying as his means to establish his top dog Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' position Ian has no intention of letting things stand as they are between the star crossed lovers Unlike Othello we get glimpses of the sweet and tender relationship between Osei and Dee Ian is reduced to a vindictiveetty and smaller character in the greater scheme of things than the central larger than life Iago envisioned in Othello We all know where the action is inexorably heading lending dread to the narrative for the readerThis novel speaks volumes with regards to the issue of race in contemporary olitics and society Osei is the outsider whose treatment bears distinctly uncomfortable arallels with the experience OF BLACK PEOPLE AND MIGRANTS TODAY THE SCHOOLYARD IS black Changing Face of the Hero people and migrants today The schoolyard is a micro stage of the larger national and international stage inhabited by adults Tracy Chevalier s reworking of Othello does not by any means workerfectly Nevertheless the setting is a success the time frame The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry perhaps less so I found this a uick absorbing compelling and entertaining read Highly recommended and a great way to get youngeople into Shakespeare Thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC Received an ARC from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a fair reviewTracy Chevalier hit the right notes in this retelling of Othello New Boy is a StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story perfect depiction of how a day or two in the life of a child can feel like an eternity This story was beautifully told and it reinvigorated some of thatainful nostalgia inside me that I had forgotten about Chevalier remembers exactly what it was like to be a child trying to navigate the It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life playgroundNew Boy is a story about an elementary school aged black boy named Osei who attends a new school with only a month remaining in the school year He is the only black student at this schoolChevalier hit the nail on the head regarding childhoodolitics There are social hierarchies among children Lignin Biodegradation political mind games sabotage love anger joy and all the real emotions children feel The mostrofound aspect of sabotage love anger joy and all the real emotions children feel The most Pure Chance profound aspect of novel for me was the accurate depiction of adult versus childaradigms and how they clash especially with regard to race I found that if you were to strip away the adults in this novel and have only children remaining Dee the most The Lady and the Lionheart popular girl in school But one 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 keylayers teachers and upils alike will never be the same again The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970's suburban Washington. ,
Ace would not have been a factor at all Really the only eople who took issue with a black boy in an all white school were the adults certain teachers and arents alike And if there is a child on the layground that showed racist tendencies it was correctly shown that those attitudes were learned Children learn racism from adults it is not an innate concept I also really enjoyed the roller coaster ride that was the romantic drama Within the course of a day or two relationships between the children can be built and destroyed and vice versa We all experience the Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church political mind games of childhood romance the secret sabotage by someone who wants to date theerson you re dating the feeling that your love will last forever only to be torn away a few hours later Hours feel like years when you re that youngThis story was at times heartening but than anything it was heartbreaking I don t often truly cry when I m reading but this book made me cry I felt like I was right there in Osei s shows reliving childhood all over again We can all relate to being the centre of attention as a child It s especially A (kinda) Country Christmas painful because as a child we want to blend in we do not want to stand out This is madearticularly true for Osei who stands out simply because of the colour of his skin He often times overhears adults speaking about being afraid even to touch his skin Although I know what it feels to be different I do not know truly how it feels to be different because of my skin colour But good fiction can help us to empathise and realise a closer understanding and this is what Chevalier achieved here This book reaffirms my belief that we don t listen enough to children Children see the world with a clarity that adults often forget they also once enjoyed Children have not yet been hardened and beaten into believing this or that and are therefore freer and open minded They see eople not for the colour of their skin but for how that erson respects them I think the greatest tragedy in life is an adult forgetting what it was like to be a child I would recommend this book It s a erfect example of how owerful literature can be because it transports you to a lace you ve already been yet still teaches you something entirely new Chevalier takes on Othello in this latest entry from the Hogarth Shakespeare series The third I have read and am enjoying the different takes the authors are writing to modernize these classics She sets Othello in a grade school in Washington DC and the story takes lace all in a day The students are now in sixth grade have known each other for years statuses clearly defined top of the heap before moving onto Middle schhol and starting at the bottom White and rivileged and inot this grouping comes a new student a black boy called OA interesting concept and certainly one can see why this would be an enticing setting I found though the concept almost two obvious one can see where this is headed all the way I felt this became about racial rejudice especially from the teachers who have very Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism preconceived notions of the trouble this student will cause than a recounting or reformatting of Othello Though the author does throw in some familiar bits to keep the connection alive strawberries for one and the mention of Ianlaying Puck in the students Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory production of Midsummers night dream Ian of course being the bully of theiece as far as the children go but this also Charming the Firefighter presented aroblem In my experience bullies at that age terrorize ick on and steal from those younger than themselves what I uestion is Ian s ability to lan and manipulate as he does here So as a story I liked this but as a connection to Othello felt it was tenuous at best and maybe had its own agenda Osei Kokote is a diplomats son who has changed school multiple times at best and maybe had its own agenda Osei Kokote is a diplomats son who has changed school multiple times has recently moved again As the new boy in school in a Washington suburb in the 1970s and the only black student he is unsure of his Everyone Loves Clowns and Other Tales place at the beginning of the story Many of the students are unsure of how to behave around him except Dee who is immediately drawn to him Dee is one of the mostopular girls in school and all the other kids take note of the budding relationship between Dee and Osei Osei further cements his new status by doing well in a softball game which makes him friends with another The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles popular kid Ian the schoolyard bully doesn t like how uickly Osei is accepted and resents the respect Osei gets and sets out to ruin his relationship with DeeI haven t read Othello and I only have a vague idea about what happens in it so I can t really compare this to the original I ve seen a lot ofeople s reviews saying it s not as good and so maybe I enjoyed the book much because I haven t read Othello I also want to say I m not black so I don t think I can really say how accurate the ortrayal of racism say I m not black so I don t think I can really say how accurate the ortrayal of racism There were some things I could relate to because I am still considered a minority but each minority comes with its own things I could relate to because I am still considered a minority but each minority comes with its own of stereotypes and which leads to difference in the way you re treated so I don t want to speak over anyone who wants to say it isn t consistent with their experience I did think some of it matched up with my own experience though especially the roundabout ways in which eople went about expressing their rejudice I think the biggest roblem with the book is that all the events are supposed to happen in one day and so it felt a little unbelievable that so much would change in the course of a school day Personally when I went to school most of the day was spent in class so I don t see how so much could happen but the kids in the book do seem to get free time outside of their lunch eriod Also I think the maturity attributed to the kids was a little iffy because they are 11 and I don t think 11 year olds can lan ahead in such a calculated manner as Ian did Children tend not to be as good with lan and executive function so I had a hard time believing he was so calculating and self aware of his manipulation If it had seemed like he was just doing things without really thinking through it in such a logical way because of reinforcement from the Žemyn galva į Australiją past for his manipulation then I might have found it believable I also don t know about the sexual aspect of Ianressing himself up against Mimi I do get that around this age kids start to become sexualized but I don t think they ve left the kissing hase to jump to other things yet I also thought that the ending was a little rushed especially when view spoiler Osei calls her a whore and Dee runs home It just felt slightly out of character from the way Osei was resented as being for him to just take Ian s word and not even ask Dee about it hide spoiler. Schoolyard where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime and Último asalto practice a casual racismicked up from their Fear (Tricycle Teachings parents and teachers Peeking over the shoulders of four 11 year olds Osei Dee Ian and his reluctant girlfriend Mimi Tracy Chevalier'sowerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling.