Houston, Julian. New boy.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review
 
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HOUSTON, Julian. New boy. Houghton Mifflin, Graphia. 282p. c2005. 978-0-618-88405-6. $7.99. JS

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, November 2005: Rob, age 16, has left Virginia to come to Draper, a Connecticut boarding school, to get the kind of education denied to African Americans in the segregated South of the late 1950s. A bright but sheltered boy, he is the first student of color at Draper, and the year is an education for him in all kinds of ways. Rob sees an acne-ridden Italian American classmate bullied and ostracized by the "cruel snobs" at school, visits Harlem and a jazz club, and gradually becomes more aware of the pervasiveness of prejudice. As the civil rights movement gains strength among young black people in the South, Rob and his friends back home help organize a sit-in at a Virginia Woolworth's lunch counter that won't serve African Americans, a protest that turns violent. Caught between two very different worlds, Rob learns to speak out against bigotry and segregation.

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