New Boy by Tracy Chevalier – Book Review

New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

This is a re-telling (as part of the Hogarth Project) of Shakespeare’s Othello.  This tale takes place in an elementary school, and the children are cast as the characters.  New boy, Osei, is the only black child in the school – this takes place in the 1970’sl.  His father is a diplomat, and he’s lived all over the world, and is thoroughly sick of being the “new boy”.  The most popular girl in school, Dee, decides to be his friend.

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The entire story takes place over the course of one day, so everything happens much quicker than in the play.  I actually liked this novel, although I was appalled, as I usually am, when adults are being so obviously manipulated, this time by a student named Ian, who has quite the reputation for causing trouble.

I don’t want to go into the story too much, as we all already have a good idea of the ending.  However, I enjoyed it very much and thought this novel is another good addition to the Hogarth Project.  Well done, Chevalier!




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