The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens

The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens

by Brooke Hauser
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The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens by Brooke Hauser

Inspired by the author's widely acclaimed New York Times article, The New Kids is immersion reporting at its most compelling. Brooke Hauser takes us deep inside a unique New York City high school over the course of a year as she follows diverse newcomers whose lives are at once ordinary and extraordinary, international headlines brought to life. No native English-speaking students attend the International High School, and more than twenty-eight languages fill the halls. The students in this modern-day Babel apply to college, fall in love, and rebel against their families like normal teenagers, but many deal with enormous obstacles - traumas and wars in their countries of origin that haunt them and pressures from their cultures to marry or drop out and go to work.

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ISBN-13: 9781611202816
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 09/20/2011
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Brooke Hauser is a writer living in New York City. For several years, she covered the film industry as Writer-at-Large and editor at Premiere. In 2005, her interest in profiling characters led her to The New York Times. Since then, she has tried to dig deep and tread lightly in many different worlds. She still writes about movies and movie stars for The Los Angeles Times, Allure, and More, among other publications.

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Producer Tavia Gilbert is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, an Audie Award nominee, and a Parent’s Choice Award winner. She makes her home in Portland, Maine, where she works as a writer and a stage and voice actor. Tavia produces, directs, and narrates unique audiobooks, full-cast recordings, and documentaries, and she is currently pursuing an MFA in creative nonfiction at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
pdouglas300 More than 1 year ago
So... You're a high school teacher these days, and you think you have it rough with surly kids with no manners and failing skills, who have been passed along by their grade school teachers so they would "feel good about themselves." How about trying this high school, in the Bronx, New Yoprk, for recent immigrants who have limited-to-no English upon entering? Brooke Hauser weaves the stroy skillfully, telling the tales of kids who have come to the US with literally the shirts on their backs, and does it by drawing out the compassion of the reader without evoking pity for the kids. Their triumphs (and setbacks) will have you cheering inside, at least it did for me.
TVH More than 1 year ago
Brooke Hauser was the perfect person to write this book. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from a public school system that teaches students who come from all over the Western Hemisphere. In her career as a journalist, the author has interviewed and written about a vast array people -both the famous and the unknown, including: movie actors, farmers, pop divas, clergymen, world leaders, juvenile offenders, sitcom stars, high school beauty queens, talk show hosts and prison guards. With all of these subjects, a few constants have guided the author's work. Be objective. Be probing, but respectful. Be thorough. Be honest. Write in a style that is smart and accessible. All of these constants are at work in The New Kids. The author spent a full year at the International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn and developed a rapport with the students, faculty and administration. The real stories of these kids were not easy to elicit. Contradictions needed to be reconciled and gaps had to be filled in. The 25 to 30 languages spoken there added to the difficulty and, sometimes, to the confusion. The author observed the students featured in the book -both in and out of school. She interviewed each of them repeatedly. She met with their friends and families. She consulted with social workers and immigration attorneys. She checked with the teachers and the staff. She persisted in getting each story right. Having said that, the book is fun to read. It is an extraordinary story about the most common of institutions: high school. It is a kaleidoscope that illuminates the clashing and blending of personalities and cultures. Read this book and you will gain insights, while being entertained and moved. Read this book and you will come away with a sense that America still has good times ahead. What other book on your reading list will make you feel that way?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be never spens eney time with his little sister tawny dick i'm so sorry for her
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Taylor Flanary More than 1 year ago
Thair was way too many chairs . I mean like all the students had to learn and sit in chairs while learning!