By Julian Houston
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Hardcover, 9780618432530, 282pp.
Publication Date: November 2005
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Fifteen-year-old Rob Garrett wants nothing more than to escape the segregated South and prove himself. But in late 1950s Virginia, opportunity doesn’t come easily to an African American. So Rob’s parents take the unusual step of enrolling their son in a Connecticut boarding school, where he will have the best education available. He will also be the first student of color in the school’s history. No matterRob Garrett is on his way.
But times are changing. While Rob is experiencing the privilege and isolation of private school, a movement is rising back home. Men and women are organizing, demanding an end to segregation, and in Rob’s hometown, his friends are on the verge of taking action. There is even talk about sitting in at a lunch counter that refuses to serve black people. How can Rob hope to make a difference when he’s a world away?
"[A] powerful debut novel. . . . A great addition to the history shelves, this brings up much for discussion about then and now." Booklist, starred Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"This is history without the sensationalism, in which small acts of resistance eventually change the rules." The New York Times Book Review The New York Times Book Review
"Houston's depiction of racism during the 1950s is brutally honest. . . . With a likeable narator making tough decisions, New Boy is bound to elicit lively discussions." Book Page Bookpage
"A strongly effective work of historical fiction." The Bulletin Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books