New Blood

New Blood

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by Peter McPhee
     
 

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After a gang of thugs beat him up, Paul's parents decide they've had enough of Glasgow's tough streets and move the family to Winnipeg. Still healing from his injuries, Paul also has deep inner scars that will make his new high school, in this new country, even more of a battleground. New Blood is an edgy yet moving account of violence, bullying, recovery,

Overview

After a gang of thugs beat him up, Paul's parents decide they've had enough of Glasgow's tough streets and move the family to Winnipeg. Still healing from his injuries, Paul also has deep inner scars that will make his new high school, in this new country, even more of a battleground. New Blood is an edgy yet moving account of violence, bullying, recovery, and hope.

[Fry Reading Level - 3.6]

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathryn Erskine
McPhee writes a gritty and realistic tale of bullying and what it can do to a boy and his family, including moving from Scotland to Canada and sharing tight living quarters with a brother and sister-in-law. This novel shows the victim's pain in dealing with his family. It shows his guilt at being the cause of his mother's worry and unhappiness, and his anger and resentment at being the cause of the family's turmoil. His fear spurs the desire to hide what is really happening, to avoid the family's anger and frustration, not necessarily at him personally but about him which is almost as bad. Callum seems to go out of the frying pan and into the fire when he starts his new school. Fortunately, he and the bully come to an uneasy alliance about a situation that is important to both of them, the safety of a girl who interests them both. A touching and hopeful scene has Callum appealing to his older brother and father to accompany him to the home of the abused girl in an effort to help her. Their strength and unabashed confrontation give some reassurance that Callum is in good hands, even if there is not much that can be done for the girl. The ending shows hope for Callum that his new life will give him a new chance. Reviewer: Kathryn Erskine
School Library Journal

Gr 7-9

Callum and his parents recently moved to Winnipeg from Glasgow, Scotland, where he was brutally knifed by a group of hooligans a year before. Still recovering physically and mentally, he adjusts slowly to Canadian culture but makes two friends, Tyler and Aiden. Trouble begins on the first day of ninth grade when Callum meets Cindy. She has an argument with her friend Rick, an older and bigger student, and Callum is caught up in a brawl with one of Rick's buddies. The boys continue to bully and hurt Callum, bringing back memories of his attack. Meanwhile, Cindy strikes up a relationship with Callum. He discovers that she has an abusive, alcoholic father and promises himself to remedy the situation with or without her consent. Rick, who also wants to help, becomes his ally. However, when Cindy's father is arrested, she angrily lashes out at both of them. Tyler, who has had a crush on Cindy for years, attacks Callum with a knife. Events come to a dramatic climax as Callum shows the other teens his scars, also revealing the lasting affects of violence. The book starts off slowly, but the momentum builds as the numerous plotlines begin to come together. Throughout, Callum struggles to strike a balance between living with his fear and having the courage to stand up for himself. The straightforward language makes this book a good choice for reluctant readers.-Marie C. Hansen, New York Public Library

Puget Sound Council
"The issues are fully developed and realistic. Everything about these books is first-rate, appealing to both strong and struggling readers."
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"McPhee is a talented writer and a good story-teller. Callum's story comes alive and it is one that many teens could relate to whether they have faced violence in their lives or not."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552776094
Publisher:
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Publication date:
02/22/2012
Series:
Lorimer SideStreets Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1
Lexile:
HL720L (what's this?)
File size:
249 KB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

PETER McPHEE, a Southern Alberta-based writer, was for many years an editor and film critic for the Winnipeg Sun. His plays have been produced at Winnipeg's Prairie Theatre Exchange and Calgary's Alberta Theatre Projects. He has written several books for both children and young adults, including Runner and A Way With Horses, both Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" Selections. Visit Peter McPhee's website www.prmcphee.com.
PETER McPHEE, a Southern Alberta-based writer, was for many years an editor and film critic for the Winnipeg Sun. His plays have been produced at Winnipeg's Prairie Theatre Exchange and Calgary's Alberta Theatre Projects. He has written several books for both children and young adults, including Runner and A Way With Horses, both Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" Selections.

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New Blood 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. I really fell in love with Callum's story and strength. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a good book but not my favorite its kinda sad