The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe audiobook

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

By Helen Thorpe
Read by Kate Handford

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15.16 Hours Unabridged
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Offering a nuanced and transformative take on immigration, multiculturalism, and America's role on the global stage, The Newcomers follows and reflects on the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of their 2015-2016 school year at Denver's South High School. Unfamiliar with American culture or the English language, the students range from the age of fourteen to nineteen and come from nations struggling with drought, famine, or war. Many come directly from refugee camps, and some arrive alone, having left or lost every other member of their family. Their stories are poignant and remarkable, and at the center of their combined story is Mr. Williams: the dedicated and endlessly resourceful teacher of their English Language Acquisition class-a class which was created specifically for them and which will provide them with the foundation they need to face the enormous challenges of adapting to life in America.

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Summary

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A New York Times Book Review pick of Best Books Now in Paperback

Offering a nuanced and transformative take on immigration, multiculturalism, and America's role on the global stage, The Newcomers follows and reflects on the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of their 2015-2016 school year at Denver's South High School. Unfamiliar with American culture or the English language, the students range from the age of fourteen to nineteen and come from nations struggling with drought, famine, or war. Many come directly from refugee camps, and some arrive alone, having left or lost every other member of their family. Their stories are poignant and remarkable, and at the center of their combined story is Mr. Williams: the dedicated and endlessly resourceful teacher of their English Language Acquisition class-a class which was created specifically for them and which will provide them with the foundation they need to face the enormous challenges of adapting to life in America.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Puts an agonizing human face on a vast global problem.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The teens we meet have endured things none of us can imagine…and [this book has] never been more crucial than at this moment.” USA Today
“A delicate and heartbreaking mystery story…A reminder that in an era of nativism, some Americans are still breaking down walls and nurturing newcomers, the seeds of the great American experiment.” New York Times Book Review
“Thorpe’s fascinating chronicle of a year in an English-acquisition class at a Denver high school provides a timely and much-needed perspective on the global refugee crisis.” Los Angeles Times

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Author

Author Bio: Helen Thorpe

Author Bio: Helen Thorpe

Helen Thorpe has written magazine stories for the New York Times, the New Yorker, Texas Monthly, Westword, and 5280. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Her first book, Just Like Us, was published by Scribner in 2009. It was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts adapted the book for the stage in 2013. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 15.16
Audience: Adult
Language: English