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Offering a nuanced and transformative take on immigration, multiculturalism, and America's role on the global stage, The Newcomers follows and reflects on the lives of 22 immigrant teenagers throughout the course of their 2015-2016 school year at Denver's South High School.

Unfamiliar with American culture or the English language, the students range from the ages of 14 to 19 and come from nations struggling with drought, famine, or war. Many come directly from refugee camps, and some arrive alone, having left or lost every other member of their family. Their stories are poignant and remarkable, and at the center of their combined story is Mr. Williams: the dedicated and endlessly resourceful teacher of their English Language Acquisition class - a class which was created specifically for them and which will provide them with the foundation they need to face the enormous challenges of adapting to life in America.

©2017 Helen Thorpe (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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A great look into the lives of refugee students

Helen provided such a thorough perspective of the lives of the students and those working to serve refugees. I felt like I got to know the students and their families and a bit of the challenge they faced in their home country and in adjusting to the U.S.

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Excellent writing!

Very informative and taught me a lot! I work in education but this book can teach any person about things that most of us take for granted. The characters" struggles were unbelievable... something I thank God my children and I have never had to face.

Huge eye opener!!!!

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A timely examination of refugees in real life

I live in Denver and am familiar with this author as she was married to our Governor but I was not prepared for the beauty and depth of her writing. This book tells the opposite story of the narrative of refugees as terrorists and thieves. It shows what it’s like to come here to the US with nothing and try to craft a life where you can’t speak the language and are often made to feel unwelcome. I’m proud that a school like South High is in my community and that Denver has become a sanctuary of peace and tolerance.

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