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

Helen Thorpe

Thorpe's provocative latest (after Soldier Girls, 2014) follows the lives of 22 teenage refugees as they arrive at Denver's South High School in an English Language Acquisition class created specifically for them under the guidance of their teacher, Mr. Williams. Speaking no English and unfamiliar with American culture, they face the challenges of adapting. As Thorpe follows the young people of Room 142 through one academic year, she comes to learn their painful stories. “Set during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, The Newcomers is a riveting account that presents the many challenges of the refugee crisis through the microcosm of one classroom.” (Booklist Reviews)