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Publisher's Summary

Inspired by the author's widely acclaimed New York Times article, New American High 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.

©2011 Brooke Hauser (P)2011 Dreamscape Media

Critic Reviews

"...both fascinating and emotionally touching..." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Hauser provides a clear view into the mindset of immigrant teenagers...she succeeds in telling a story about people rather than a school. Highly recommended." ( Library Journal)
"This wonderful book connects us to the complexity, intensity and liveliness of refugee and immigrant teenagers. Hauser is masterful at storytelling. New American High is a must read for anyone interested in teaching, teens, or our new America. It does what the best writing does: it increases our moral imaginations." (Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia)

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  • Jennifer
  • Amherst, MA, United States
  • 12-10-12

Wonderful, engaging, compelling

A great book with fascinating stories. I felt completely immersed in the world of this high school and its students and staff.
I thought the narration was pretty good, though there were a few words that were weirdly over-pronounced. Overall, an enjoyable performance.