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  • NEW BOY - Othello Retold

    NEW BOY - Othello Retold
    Currently in stock: 2
    ISBN: 9781781090329
    Title: NEW BOY - Othello Retold
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of our most successful historical novelists transplants the tragedy of Othello to a playground in 1970s Washington D.C. : when a young black boy arrives at an all-white school, he finds himself at the centre of a web of jealousy, bullying and revenge.

    'O felt her presence behind him like a fire at his back.'

    Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat’s son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day – so he’s lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can’t stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players – teachers and pupils alike – will never be the same again.

    The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practise a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Watching over the shoulders of four 11-year-olds – Osei, Dee, Ian and his reluctant ‘girlfriend’ Mimi – Tracy Chevalier's powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling.

    Imprint: HOGARTH PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    • Price: $29.99
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