New Boy

New Boy

by Julian Houston
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jderry42 More than 1 year ago
There are many ways to learn about history. One of the best ways to learn about history is to be able to feel like you can relate to it. The book New Boy, by Julian Houston is a great example of making history more memorable. Houston does a great job of creating a scenario that many readers will be able to relate to. In New Boy, Rob Garrett, a young African American who has spent his whole life in Virginia, is sent to go to boarding school in Connecticut. He will be the first African American to go to the boarding school. He goes through many struggles of being a "guinea pig" for the idea of integrated schools. Houston used the theme of family values to relate the topic of racism. For example, there are multiple moments when Rob refers to his parent's beliefs on race to dictate his decisions. There is a constant mention of family, including parental concerns and overprotection. This is a great way for readers to relate to the book, especially young readers. Family values make the reader be able to put themselves in Rob's shoes and really get a grasp of history. Houston describes Rob's encounters with racism and how he overcomes them. This description adds a new twist to the thought of history. Usually when thinking of history many people think of boring facts from a textbook. Houston counteracts this misconception of learning history by using detail and making a story readers can relate to. Houston took something that could be seen as detached or boring in a textbook and creates something more memorable. Houston wrote a great book that will have many readers coming away with great new views and lessons learned about race and equality.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
It's the 1950s, the time when segregation was still taking place. Even though his parents, especially his mother, tried to protect him from the harshness and unfairness that was still present, Rob Garrett knew that his parents wouldn't be there to watch out for him forever. And his parents knew that, too.

That time came too quickly when Rob was awarded a scholarship to Draper, a prestigious private school in Connecticut, where he would begin his sophomore year. There he would be the only African American to attend -- and also the first. Without his parents there he knew he would have to fend for himself, to take this opportunity and make his parents proud.

While there, most of the boys were very welcoming; some were even wondering if he wanted to play on the sports teams, something he would never have been able to do if he had continued school back in Virginia. But Rob wanted to keep to himself so nothing troublesome would occur.

Back at home, though, a battle on segregation was taking place, and those affected by it were not going to stand around and let it happen. For instance, a local restaurant would not wait on African Americans, and many students were not happy about it, wanting to protest. Rob, passionate about making a difference, wanted to go along, too, but how can he when he is all the way in Connecticut trying to make the honor roll?

But there at the school, too, Rob witnesses segregation when an Italian student is made to be separated from the rest of his classmates, because some of them didn't want him around. And Rob's new friend is treated the same way, teased and made fun of because he is Jewish. Attending Draper, Rob knew that there would be problems -- he just never knew that it could happen to any ethnicity. Will Rob be able fight the segregation both at school and at home?

Beautifully written, NEW BOY is a powerful story that deals with an act that was once among us, which affected more people than most would have thought. The events and actions that evolve in the story realistically takes us back into that time. Rob is a strong character with passion who acts on what he believes, making the reader feel for him and respect him. And his friend, Gordie, lets us witness that not everyone had reformed to the idea of segregation. NEW BOY is a novel that will intrigue and satisfy any reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely fell in love with this book when i started reading it. I couldn't put the thing down. My mom would come in my room and start yelling at me because it was like 1:00 in the morning and i was reading that book when i had school the next day. i recommend that book for teens between the ages of 12 and up.!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved this book!!! I could never put it down!! It is a history lesson with interesting drama included!! I would recommend anybody who wants to learn about Black History to read this book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was currently reading the House of Dies Drear in my 8th grade english class which led me into an interest in black culture type books. So I bought this book and began reading immiedatley and to my surprise I was hooked. This book is absolutely worth the money it is very educational and mentions many events in history such as the Malcom X movement, the Little Rock 9, and the sit-ins that were common back in the days of segregation. But the ending threw me off PLEASE JULIAN HOUSTON MAKE A SEQUEL!!!!! Continue this fantastic story please
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. I'm only 3/4 of the way through the book. But is one of the best books on earth besides the harry potter series. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! it is very good. U should read it (whoever is reading this review)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the writing of this novel. I really got involved in the whole sitin at the end. The book also is very educational. The only thing I really didn't like was the ending. It just ended the novel really abruptly. I had too many unanswered questions like 'What happened between Pauline and Robby?', 'How long did it take for the sit-in to create integration' and 'Did Robby stay at the school?' I thought it was beautifully and well-written throughout, but I just didn't get the ending. It is a good read, especially for anybody who wants to know more about segregation and how courageous the people were to stop it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has to be a part two, because many unanswer questions. I loved the book. and enjoyed until the end. what happen?
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It was kinda cufuzing but i am only a 4th greader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And im at ch7