The New One

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Jury's mother has a serious boyfriend, the new girl in school is winking at him, and his twin brother is brooding. What does it all mean? As he explores the scary territory of new romance and plots to end his mother's relationship, Jury takes his first steps on the road to adulthood.

Twelve-year-old twin brothers Judge and Jury fail to see eye to eye about whether to befriend the new black girl in their class at school and whether to interfere with their mother's ...

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Overview

Jury's mother has a serious boyfriend, the new girl in school is winking at him, and his twin brother is brooding. What does it all mean? As he explores the scary territory of new romance and plots to end his mother's relationship, Jury takes his first steps on the road to adulthood.

Twelve-year-old twin brothers Judge and Jury fail to see eye to eye about whether to befriend the new black girl in their class at school and whether to interfere with their mother's plans to marry her boyfriend.

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"Like Project Wheels, this sequel about a group of sixth-grade kids in a southwest Kentucky school is a fresh, honest story of friendship, family, and prejudice." Booklist, ALA

"Sixth-grader Jury wants to befriend Ayreal, a new student who is also African American, but his twin brother and their posse are skeptical of the outsider. To complicate matters, the twins fear that their mother might marry her boyfriend, a man whom they dislike. The lively story touches on many modern themes without settling for easy answers."—Copyright © 1994 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved Horn Book

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Gr 4-6-Jury, a 12-year-old African American, narrates this realistic, contemporary story in a believable, honest, often-funny voice. He, his twin brother, Judge; and their friends live in a town that has a small black population. They learn a great deal about themselves and about friendships, and do a bit of growing up in this short but satisfying novel. Jury is infatuated with Ayreal, a sophisticated, sometimes mysterious new girl. Woven into the plot is the boys' mother's romance with an older, rather stiff man who they don't like. How Jury and the other black kids identify subtle prejudice is neatly incorporated into the novel, but is not a central theme. A quick but credible conclusion resolves all events satisfactorily.-Maria B. Salvadore, District of Columbia Public Library
Hazel Rochman
Like "Project Wheels" 1993, this sequel about a group of sixth-grade kids in a southwest Kentucky school is a fresh, honest story of friendship, family, and prejudice. This time the narrator is Jury Jenkins, who's smart mouthed and confident, yet uncertain about the way things are changing in his life. He hates his mother's boyfriend, Frank. He's intrigued by the new girl in class, Ayreal, and by the way she's affecting the friends he's always known. Jury and Ayreal are part of the small African American minority in their school. Why doesn't she like his white and Asian friends? In a taut climax, Ayreal tells a moving story of how a white friend insulted and betrayed her. The plot's a bit contrived to bring in Ayreal's revelation, but Jury finds no neat answers at school or at home. Contrary to our formula expectations, he doesn't reconcile with his mother's boyfriend; in fact, his mother discovers that Frank is too sexist and bossy for her. Kids will appreciate the honest portrayal of relationships in this story: how people can attract and irritate you at the same time; how racism breeds hurt and anger; how old friends and newcomers surprise you.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395666104
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.81 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Turner Banks is the author of three previous young adult novels, Project Wheels, The New One, and Egg-Drop Blues, all of which feature the animated exploits of the Posse. Formerly a teacher, Ms. Banks now devotes herself full-time as a writer and literary agent. She lives with her family in Sacramento, California.

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