The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom

The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom

From an award-winning, ?meticulously observant? (The New Yorker) writer comes a powerful and moving account of how refugee teenagers at a Denver public high school learn English and become Americans. The Newcomers follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of the 2015-2016 school year as they land at South High School in Denver, Colorado, in a From an award-winning, ?meticulously observant? (The New Yorker) writer comes a powerful and moving account o...

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Title:The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom
Author:Helen Thorpe
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1501159097
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom Reviews

  • Rachel
    Feb 11, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...

    recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. Eddie Williams is an unsung hero. I spent a year inside his classroom, watching him teach English to kids who had just arrived in the US. He had 22 students who spoke 14 languages, and used 5 alphabets. Eddie was inspired by his mom, once an ELA st...

    This book was SO GOOD and eye-opening and well written and relevant and I want everyone I know to read it and love it too. ...

  • Rissie
    Feb 08, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...

  • Pam Cipkowski
    Jan 09, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...

    recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. Eddie Williams is an unsung hero. I spent a year inside his classroom, watching him teach English to kids who had just arrived in the US. He had 22 students who spoke 14 languages, and used 5 alphabets. Eddie was inspired by his mom, once an ELA st...

    This book was SO GOOD and eye-opening and well written and relevant and I want everyone I know to read it and love it too. ...

    The Newcomers is an engrossing and important read. Thorpe spent a year in a Newcomers? ELA class in Denver, and relates the experiences of a range of young refugees who began a new life in America just as Donald Trump was coming to power. While Thorpe does reflect on political ev...

    Helen Thorpe provides an account of twenty-two teenagers from different countries and background that come together at on school, South High School in Denver, Colorado. She describes their experiences in a beginner level English Language Acquisition class during the 2016-2017 school ye...

    As an employee of DPS and a former teacher of Newcomers, I felt that Thorpe did a fantastic job of telling the stories of these kids, while interweaving history, politics and pedagogy. She keeps it real, refrains from hysterics and exaggerations, and makes you feel like you are a membe...

    This is a lovely and timely account of a year spent in a high school classroom in Denver, following the lives of ?newcomer? students who just arrived in the country as refugees.Thorpe embedded in the classroom where these students spent the majority of the year learning to read, wr...

    It took me a while to get into this book, but by 50 pages I was reading with some interest. Somehow I thought or assumed the book would track along the events of a single school year - it turned out to go into the following summer and then conclude with some description events in th...

    Eye-opening and hyper-relevant. A must-read. A journalist follows the stories of several young refugees in an English language acquisition class in a Denver high school. The students are from several different countries, and have little to no familiarity with the English language. Jour...

  • Michael
    Feb 13, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...

    recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. Eddie Williams is an unsung hero. I spent a year inside his classroom, watching him teach English to kids who had just arrived in the US. He had 22 students who spoke 14 languages, and used 5 alphabets. Eddie was inspired by his mom, once an ELA st...

    This book was SO GOOD and eye-opening and well written and relevant and I want everyone I know to read it and love it too. ...

    The Newcomers is an engrossing and important read. Thorpe spent a year in a Newcomers? ELA class in Denver, and relates the experiences of a range of young refugees who began a new life in America just as Donald Trump was coming to power. While Thorpe does reflect on political ev...

    Helen Thorpe provides an account of twenty-two teenagers from different countries and background that come together at on school, South High School in Denver, Colorado. She describes their experiences in a beginner level English Language Acquisition class during the 2016-2017 school ye...

    As an employee of DPS and a former teacher of Newcomers, I felt that Thorpe did a fantastic job of telling the stories of these kids, while interweaving history, politics and pedagogy. She keeps it real, refrains from hysterics and exaggerations, and makes you feel like you are a membe...

    This is a lovely and timely account of a year spent in a high school classroom in Denver, following the lives of ?newcomer? students who just arrived in the country as refugees.Thorpe embedded in the classroom where these students spent the majority of the year learning to read, wr...

    It took me a while to get into this book, but by 50 pages I was reading with some interest. Somehow I thought or assumed the book would track along the events of a single school year - it turned out to go into the following summer and then conclude with some description events in th...

  • Jim
    Nov 30, 2017

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...

    recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. Eddie Williams is an unsung hero. I spent a year inside his classroom, watching him teach English to kids who had just arrived in the US. He had 22 students who spoke 14 languages, and used 5 alphabets. Eddie was inspired by his mom, once an ELA st...

  • Carrie Esposito
    Jan 24, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

  • David
    Dec 14, 2017

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

  • Sarah
    Dec 05, 2017

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...

    recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. Eddie Williams is an unsung hero. I spent a year inside his classroom, watching him teach English to kids who had just arrived in the US. He had 22 students who spoke 14 languages, and used 5 alphabets. Eddie was inspired by his mom, once an ELA st...

    This book was SO GOOD and eye-opening and well written and relevant and I want everyone I know to read it and love it too. ...

    The Newcomers is an engrossing and important read. Thorpe spent a year in a Newcomers? ELA class in Denver, and relates the experiences of a range of young refugees who began a new life in America just as Donald Trump was coming to power. While Thorpe does reflect on political ev...

    Helen Thorpe provides an account of twenty-two teenagers from different countries and background that come together at on school, South High School in Denver, Colorado. She describes their experiences in a beginner level English Language Acquisition class during the 2016-2017 school ye...

    As an employee of DPS and a former teacher of Newcomers, I felt that Thorpe did a fantastic job of telling the stories of these kids, while interweaving history, politics and pedagogy. She keeps it real, refrains from hysterics and exaggerations, and makes you feel like you are a membe...

  • timv
    Feb 09, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

  • Kate Jonuska
    Dec 07, 2017

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

  • evan
    Jan 24, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...

    recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. Eddie Williams is an unsung hero. I spent a year inside his classroom, watching him teach English to kids who had just arrived in the US. He had 22 students who spoke 14 languages, and used 5 alphabets. Eddie was inspired by his mom, once an ELA st...

    This book was SO GOOD and eye-opening and well written and relevant and I want everyone I know to read it and love it too. ...

    The Newcomers is an engrossing and important read. Thorpe spent a year in a Newcomers? ELA class in Denver, and relates the experiences of a range of young refugees who began a new life in America just as Donald Trump was coming to power. While Thorpe does reflect on political ev...

    Helen Thorpe provides an account of twenty-two teenagers from different countries and background that come together at on school, South High School in Denver, Colorado. She describes their experiences in a beginner level English Language Acquisition class during the 2016-2017 school ye...

    As an employee of DPS and a former teacher of Newcomers, I felt that Thorpe did a fantastic job of telling the stories of these kids, while interweaving history, politics and pedagogy. She keeps it real, refrains from hysterics and exaggerations, and makes you feel like you are a membe...

    This is a lovely and timely account of a year spent in a high school classroom in Denver, following the lives of ?newcomer? students who just arrived in the country as refugees.Thorpe embedded in the classroom where these students spent the majority of the year learning to read, wr...

  • Barb
    Feb 09, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

  • Kathryn
    Jan 04, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

  • Natasha
    Jun 20, 2017

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...

    recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. Eddie Williams is an unsung hero. I spent a year inside his classroom, watching him teach English to kids who had just arrived in the US. He had 22 students who spoke 14 languages, and used 5 alphabets. Eddie was inspired by his mom, once an ELA st...

    This book was SO GOOD and eye-opening and well written and relevant and I want everyone I know to read it and love it too. ...

    The Newcomers is an engrossing and important read. Thorpe spent a year in a Newcomers? ELA class in Denver, and relates the experiences of a range of young refugees who began a new life in America just as Donald Trump was coming to power. While Thorpe does reflect on political ev...

    Helen Thorpe provides an account of twenty-two teenagers from different countries and background that come together at on school, South High School in Denver, Colorado. She describes their experiences in a beginner level English Language Acquisition class during the 2016-2017 school ye...

    As an employee of DPS and a former teacher of Newcomers, I felt that Thorpe did a fantastic job of telling the stories of these kids, while interweaving history, politics and pedagogy. She keeps it real, refrains from hysterics and exaggerations, and makes you feel like you are a membe...

    This is a lovely and timely account of a year spent in a high school classroom in Denver, following the lives of ?newcomer? students who just arrived in the country as refugees.Thorpe embedded in the classroom where these students spent the majority of the year learning to read, wr...

    It took me a while to get into this book, but by 50 pages I was reading with some interest. Somehow I thought or assumed the book would track along the events of a single school year - it turned out to go into the following summer and then conclude with some description events in th...

    Eye-opening and hyper-relevant. A must-read. A journalist follows the stories of several young refugees in an English language acquisition class in a Denver high school. The students are from several different countries, and have little to no familiarity with the English language. Jour...

    Journalist Helen Thorpe is the child of Irish immigrants to America, and writes with authority as well as compassion about young people who are recent arrivals to the United States. During a year spent shadowing in a classroom at Denver's South High, the author explores the lives and s...

    Debated between 3 and 4 stars. This is a very important book for Americans to read right now. It helped me understand more about the lives and struggles of immigrants and refugees, before and after coming to the U.S. This book inspires me to want to get involved in an organization s...

    I loved this book. The strength and compassion and intelligence of the education system for refugee children at South High School is inspiring! Helen Thorpe shares the stories of several teenagers enrolled - their trials and successes in school and their families' struggles in adapting...

    I wish this book were required reading for all teacher training schools in the United States and Canada. I appreciated Helen Thorpe's attention to what constitutes "comprehensible input" in schools where there are students learning English. The school observedin Denver is a rarity in t...

    Back a long time ago, when I was in middle school, then, high school, I always wondered what it would be like to transfer to a school in another country. I can only surmise that it must have felt incredibly lonely on a level which most of cannot fathom. This book is too much. It ha...

    This is an amazing book telling the stories of 22 teenage refugees in an English Language Acquisition (ELA) class in a Denver high school. During the year the author spent in Eddie Williams' classroom, she watches these teens move from little to no English to the ability to read, write...

    After reading Nujeen Mustafa's arduous journey from Syria to German to escape the horrors of war, I was indeed intrigued to read more about refugees. The Newcomers followed the lives of the Class of 142 in South High School which consisted of not only young refugees from the Middle Eas...

  • Karen
    Dec 06, 2017

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...

    recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. Eddie Williams is an unsung hero. I spent a year inside his classroom, watching him teach English to kids who had just arrived in the US. He had 22 students who spoke 14 languages, and used 5 alphabets. Eddie was inspired by his mom, once an ELA st...

    This book was SO GOOD and eye-opening and well written and relevant and I want everyone I know to read it and love it too. ...

    The Newcomers is an engrossing and important read. Thorpe spent a year in a Newcomers? ELA class in Denver, and relates the experiences of a range of young refugees who began a new life in America just as Donald Trump was coming to power. While Thorpe does reflect on political ev...

    Helen Thorpe provides an account of twenty-two teenagers from different countries and background that come together at on school, South High School in Denver, Colorado. She describes their experiences in a beginner level English Language Acquisition class during the 2016-2017 school ye...

    As an employee of DPS and a former teacher of Newcomers, I felt that Thorpe did a fantastic job of telling the stories of these kids, while interweaving history, politics and pedagogy. She keeps it real, refrains from hysterics and exaggerations, and makes you feel like you are a membe...

    This is a lovely and timely account of a year spent in a high school classroom in Denver, following the lives of ?newcomer? students who just arrived in the country as refugees.Thorpe embedded in the classroom where these students spent the majority of the year learning to read, wr...

    It took me a while to get into this book, but by 50 pages I was reading with some interest. Somehow I thought or assumed the book would track along the events of a single school year - it turned out to go into the following summer and then conclude with some description events in th...

    Eye-opening and hyper-relevant. A must-read. A journalist follows the stories of several young refugees in an English language acquisition class in a Denver high school. The students are from several different countries, and have little to no familiarity with the English language. Jour...

    Journalist Helen Thorpe is the child of Irish immigrants to America, and writes with authority as well as compassion about young people who are recent arrivals to the United States. During a year spent shadowing in a classroom at Denver's South High, the author explores the lives and s...

    Debated between 3 and 4 stars. This is a very important book for Americans to read right now. It helped me understand more about the lives and struggles of immigrants and refugees, before and after coming to the U.S. This book inspires me to want to get involved in an organization s...

    I loved this book. The strength and compassion and intelligence of the education system for refugee children at South High School is inspiring! Helen Thorpe shares the stories of several teenagers enrolled - their trials and successes in school and their families' struggles in adapting...

    I wish this book were required reading for all teacher training schools in the United States and Canada. I appreciated Helen Thorpe's attention to what constitutes "comprehensible input" in schools where there are students learning English. The school observedin Denver is a rarity in t...

    Back a long time ago, when I was in middle school, then, high school, I always wondered what it would be like to transfer to a school in another country. I can only surmise that it must have felt incredibly lonely on a level which most of cannot fathom. This book is too much. It ha...

    This is an amazing book telling the stories of 22 teenage refugees in an English Language Acquisition (ELA) class in a Denver high school. During the year the author spent in Eddie Williams' classroom, she watches these teens move from little to no English to the ability to read, write...

  • Amber Garabrandt
    Nov 13, 2017

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

  • Kristy Miller
    Jan 19, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

  • Heather
    Dec 19, 2017

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

  • Rachel Martin
    Dec 21, 2017

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...

    recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. Eddie Williams is an unsung hero. I spent a year inside his classroom, watching him teach English to kids who had just arrived in the US. He had 22 students who spoke 14 languages, and used 5 alphabets. Eddie was inspired by his mom, once an ELA st...

    This book was SO GOOD and eye-opening and well written and relevant and I want everyone I know to read it and love it too. ...

    The Newcomers is an engrossing and important read. Thorpe spent a year in a Newcomers? ELA class in Denver, and relates the experiences of a range of young refugees who began a new life in America just as Donald Trump was coming to power. While Thorpe does reflect on political ev...

  • Karen Lewis
    Feb 12, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...

    recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. Eddie Williams is an unsung hero. I spent a year inside his classroom, watching him teach English to kids who had just arrived in the US. He had 22 students who spoke 14 languages, and used 5 alphabets. Eddie was inspired by his mom, once an ELA st...

    This book was SO GOOD and eye-opening and well written and relevant and I want everyone I know to read it and love it too. ...

    The Newcomers is an engrossing and important read. Thorpe spent a year in a Newcomers? ELA class in Denver, and relates the experiences of a range of young refugees who began a new life in America just as Donald Trump was coming to power. While Thorpe does reflect on political ev...

    Helen Thorpe provides an account of twenty-two teenagers from different countries and background that come together at on school, South High School in Denver, Colorado. She describes their experiences in a beginner level English Language Acquisition class during the 2016-2017 school ye...

    As an employee of DPS and a former teacher of Newcomers, I felt that Thorpe did a fantastic job of telling the stories of these kids, while interweaving history, politics and pedagogy. She keeps it real, refrains from hysterics and exaggerations, and makes you feel like you are a membe...

    This is a lovely and timely account of a year spent in a high school classroom in Denver, following the lives of ?newcomer? students who just arrived in the country as refugees.Thorpe embedded in the classroom where these students spent the majority of the year learning to read, wr...

    It took me a while to get into this book, but by 50 pages I was reading with some interest. Somehow I thought or assumed the book would track along the events of a single school year - it turned out to go into the following summer and then conclude with some description events in th...

    Eye-opening and hyper-relevant. A must-read. A journalist follows the stories of several young refugees in an English language acquisition class in a Denver high school. The students are from several different countries, and have little to no familiarity with the English language. Jour...

    Journalist Helen Thorpe is the child of Irish immigrants to America, and writes with authority as well as compassion about young people who are recent arrivals to the United States. During a year spent shadowing in a classroom at Denver's South High, the author explores the lives and s...

  • Ginae B.
    Sep 24, 2017

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...

    recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. Eddie Williams is an unsung hero. I spent a year inside his classroom, watching him teach English to kids who had just arrived in the US. He had 22 students who spoke 14 languages, and used 5 alphabets. Eddie was inspired by his mom, once an ELA st...

    This book was SO GOOD and eye-opening and well written and relevant and I want everyone I know to read it and love it too. ...

    The Newcomers is an engrossing and important read. Thorpe spent a year in a Newcomers? ELA class in Denver, and relates the experiences of a range of young refugees who began a new life in America just as Donald Trump was coming to power. While Thorpe does reflect on political ev...

    Helen Thorpe provides an account of twenty-two teenagers from different countries and background that come together at on school, South High School in Denver, Colorado. She describes their experiences in a beginner level English Language Acquisition class during the 2016-2017 school ye...

    As an employee of DPS and a former teacher of Newcomers, I felt that Thorpe did a fantastic job of telling the stories of these kids, while interweaving history, politics and pedagogy. She keeps it real, refrains from hysterics and exaggerations, and makes you feel like you are a membe...

    This is a lovely and timely account of a year spent in a high school classroom in Denver, following the lives of ?newcomer? students who just arrived in the country as refugees.Thorpe embedded in the classroom where these students spent the majority of the year learning to read, wr...

    It took me a while to get into this book, but by 50 pages I was reading with some interest. Somehow I thought or assumed the book would track along the events of a single school year - it turned out to go into the following summer and then conclude with some description events in th...

    Eye-opening and hyper-relevant. A must-read. A journalist follows the stories of several young refugees in an English language acquisition class in a Denver high school. The students are from several different countries, and have little to no familiarity with the English language. Jour...

    Journalist Helen Thorpe is the child of Irish immigrants to America, and writes with authority as well as compassion about young people who are recent arrivals to the United States. During a year spent shadowing in a classroom at Denver's South High, the author explores the lives and s...

    Debated between 3 and 4 stars. This is a very important book for Americans to read right now. It helped me understand more about the lives and struggles of immigrants and refugees, before and after coming to the U.S. This book inspires me to want to get involved in an organization s...

    I loved this book. The strength and compassion and intelligence of the education system for refugee children at South High School is inspiring! Helen Thorpe shares the stories of several teenagers enrolled - their trials and successes in school and their families' struggles in adapting...

    I wish this book were required reading for all teacher training schools in the United States and Canada. I appreciated Helen Thorpe's attention to what constitutes "comprehensible input" in schools where there are students learning English. The school observedin Denver is a rarity in t...

    Back a long time ago, when I was in middle school, then, high school, I always wondered what it would be like to transfer to a school in another country. I can only surmise that it must have felt incredibly lonely on a level which most of cannot fathom. This book is too much. It ha...

  • Nann
    Jan 16, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

  • Megan Lawson
    Jan 24, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

  • Karen Ashmore
    Feb 13, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

  • Jb
    Jan 27, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...

    recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. Eddie Williams is an unsung hero. I spent a year inside his classroom, watching him teach English to kids who had just arrived in the US. He had 22 students who spoke 14 languages, and used 5 alphabets. Eddie was inspired by his mom, once an ELA st...

    This book was SO GOOD and eye-opening and well written and relevant and I want everyone I know to read it and love it too. ...

    The Newcomers is an engrossing and important read. Thorpe spent a year in a Newcomers? ELA class in Denver, and relates the experiences of a range of young refugees who began a new life in America just as Donald Trump was coming to power. While Thorpe does reflect on political ev...

    Helen Thorpe provides an account of twenty-two teenagers from different countries and background that come together at on school, South High School in Denver, Colorado. She describes their experiences in a beginner level English Language Acquisition class during the 2016-2017 school ye...

    As an employee of DPS and a former teacher of Newcomers, I felt that Thorpe did a fantastic job of telling the stories of these kids, while interweaving history, politics and pedagogy. She keeps it real, refrains from hysterics and exaggerations, and makes you feel like you are a membe...

    This is a lovely and timely account of a year spent in a high school classroom in Denver, following the lives of ?newcomer? students who just arrived in the country as refugees.Thorpe embedded in the classroom where these students spent the majority of the year learning to read, wr...

    It took me a while to get into this book, but by 50 pages I was reading with some interest. Somehow I thought or assumed the book would track along the events of a single school year - it turned out to go into the following summer and then conclude with some description events in th...

    Eye-opening and hyper-relevant. A must-read. A journalist follows the stories of several young refugees in an English language acquisition class in a Denver high school. The students are from several different countries, and have little to no familiarity with the English language. Jour...

    Journalist Helen Thorpe is the child of Irish immigrants to America, and writes with authority as well as compassion about young people who are recent arrivals to the United States. During a year spent shadowing in a classroom at Denver's South High, the author explores the lives and s...

    Debated between 3 and 4 stars. This is a very important book for Americans to read right now. It helped me understand more about the lives and struggles of immigrants and refugees, before and after coming to the U.S. This book inspires me to want to get involved in an organization s...

    I loved this book. The strength and compassion and intelligence of the education system for refugee children at South High School is inspiring! Helen Thorpe shares the stories of several teenagers enrolled - their trials and successes in school and their families' struggles in adapting...

  • Virginia Mcgarvey
    Nov 29, 2017

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...

    recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. Eddie Williams is an unsung hero. I spent a year inside his classroom, watching him teach English to kids who had just arrived in the US. He had 22 students who spoke 14 languages, and used 5 alphabets. Eddie was inspired by his mom, once an ELA st...

    This book was SO GOOD and eye-opening and well written and relevant and I want everyone I know to read it and love it too. ...

    The Newcomers is an engrossing and important read. Thorpe spent a year in a Newcomers? ELA class in Denver, and relates the experiences of a range of young refugees who began a new life in America just as Donald Trump was coming to power. While Thorpe does reflect on political ev...

    Helen Thorpe provides an account of twenty-two teenagers from different countries and background that come together at on school, South High School in Denver, Colorado. She describes their experiences in a beginner level English Language Acquisition class during the 2016-2017 school ye...

  • Tucker
    Nov 24, 2017

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

  • Bigi Parsons
    Jan 31, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...

    recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. Eddie Williams is an unsung hero. I spent a year inside his classroom, watching him teach English to kids who had just arrived in the US. He had 22 students who spoke 14 languages, and used 5 alphabets. Eddie was inspired by his mom, once an ELA st...

    This book was SO GOOD and eye-opening and well written and relevant and I want everyone I know to read it and love it too. ...

    The Newcomers is an engrossing and important read. Thorpe spent a year in a Newcomers? ELA class in Denver, and relates the experiences of a range of young refugees who began a new life in America just as Donald Trump was coming to power. While Thorpe does reflect on political ev...

    Helen Thorpe provides an account of twenty-two teenagers from different countries and background that come together at on school, South High School in Denver, Colorado. She describes their experiences in a beginner level English Language Acquisition class during the 2016-2017 school ye...

    As an employee of DPS and a former teacher of Newcomers, I felt that Thorpe did a fantastic job of telling the stories of these kids, while interweaving history, politics and pedagogy. She keeps it real, refrains from hysterics and exaggerations, and makes you feel like you are a membe...

    This is a lovely and timely account of a year spent in a high school classroom in Denver, following the lives of ?newcomer? students who just arrived in the country as refugees.Thorpe embedded in the classroom where these students spent the majority of the year learning to read, wr...

    It took me a while to get into this book, but by 50 pages I was reading with some interest. Somehow I thought or assumed the book would track along the events of a single school year - it turned out to go into the following summer and then conclude with some description events in th...

    Eye-opening and hyper-relevant. A must-read. A journalist follows the stories of several young refugees in an English language acquisition class in a Denver high school. The students are from several different countries, and have little to no familiarity with the English language. Jour...

    Journalist Helen Thorpe is the child of Irish immigrants to America, and writes with authority as well as compassion about young people who are recent arrivals to the United States. During a year spent shadowing in a classroom at Denver's South High, the author explores the lives and s...

    Debated between 3 and 4 stars. This is a very important book for Americans to read right now. It helped me understand more about the lives and struggles of immigrants and refugees, before and after coming to the U.S. This book inspires me to want to get involved in an organization s...

    I loved this book. The strength and compassion and intelligence of the education system for refugee children at South High School is inspiring! Helen Thorpe shares the stories of several teenagers enrolled - their trials and successes in school and their families' struggles in adapting...

    I wish this book were required reading for all teacher training schools in the United States and Canada. I appreciated Helen Thorpe's attention to what constitutes "comprehensible input" in schools where there are students learning English. The school observedin Denver is a rarity in t...

  • Jen Alexander
    Dec 07, 2017

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

  • Sarah Anderson
    Jan 29, 2018

    In ?The Newcomers,? Helen Thorpe continues the remarkable and compassionate in-depth reporting present in her two previous books, ?Just Like Us? and ?Soldier Girls.? ?The Newcomers? follows a group of teenage refugees at a Denver high school as they learn English, adapt...

    As a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, both in the US and elsewhere, I found this excellent book hit close to home and was also a complete pleasure to read. There was a lot of nodding my head in recognition at the types of students in Mr. Williams? Newcomers English and the b...

    On my daily commute I pass a beautiful, old high school. This is Denver South. Denver South High School is the magnet school for teenagers in the Denver Public School System who have limited or no English skills. This book takes place from August 2015 through the fall semester of 2016,...

    Summary: In Denver Colorado there is a special group of classes, ELA classes, given to the kids of new refugees.   Teens from all over the world, newly resettled into America from across the globe, come together to learn English, and get caught up in school- some of which have been o...

    I've often wondered what it would be like to move to the U.S. from a non-English speaking country and have to learn to survive here.  This is a book that answers those questions.  I think this should be required reading for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about the immigr...

    The writing was Incredible. The stories of the young refugees were amazing. I serve on a scholarship committee of the Denver Foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to recognize some of the people profiled in the story were also recipients of scholarships I approved. The determinatio...

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I chose it for the Goodreads Read Harder 2017 challenge (book with an immigration theme) because it was A. available as audiobook, and B. about a classroom. I'm so glad I read it. As the author - journalist writes about the academ...

    I?m literally gasp-crying as quiet as I can on this Metro North train as this beautiful book comes to a close. That surprised me. I've had the book for a few weeks now, reading a chapter here and there as I could, finding myself thinking about the people I was meeting within its ...

    This fascinating book puts you in the classroom of recently arrived teenage refugees at South High School in Denver and shows how that classroom is a microcosm for understanding conflicts around the world. Honestly, it's touching how kids are just kids, no matter what language they spe...

    During my 60+ years of reading, certain books have opened my heart and mind to an expanded and more knowledgeable view of the world...they literally changed my life. These nonfiction books include "A Fort of Nine Towers" by Qais Akbar Omar, "Among Schoolchildren" by Tracy Kidder, "Rach...

    Note: Library Journal sent me the audio edition to review. (And I'm so glad!) There are millions of refugees in the world today, displaced by conflict and famine. Many seek a new life in the United States. For the school year 2015-16 journalist Helen Thorpe volunteered in the newcomers...

    I'm not sure I have the proper words to describe my love of this book. I have never before experienced reading something about a place, teachers, and students that I know and love from the depths of my heart. And I want everyone to read about them and be amazed by them and to have a de...

    Newcomers is an amazing story of hope and resilience based in a Denver classroom where the students arrive speaking many languages and few words of English. Helen is an articulate and accurate storyteller who reveals the hearts of the families in this book. Eye opening look at what it?...

    Well constructed and written with grace. I haven?t enjoyed immersion writing this much since Ted Conover?s books. it brought back to me the challenge and fun of teaching the English language to immigrants. Thorpe?s fine writing guides us through the immigrant experience so common...

    This is such an *important* book. The topic is timely and one that needs to be talked about and understood. I wanted to love this book ... but it just didn't hold my interest. I feel bad saying that, but there it is. ...

    recommended by Malcolm Gladwell. Eddie Williams is an unsung hero. I spent a year inside his classroom, watching him teach English to kids who had just arrived in the US. He had 22 students who spoke 14 languages, and used 5 alphabets. Eddie was inspired by his mom, once an ELA st...

    This book was SO GOOD and eye-opening and well written and relevant and I want everyone I know to read it and love it too. ...

    The Newcomers is an engrossing and important read. Thorpe spent a year in a Newcomers? ELA class in Denver, and relates the experiences of a range of young refugees who began a new life in America just as Donald Trump was coming to power. While Thorpe does reflect on political ev...

    Helen Thorpe provides an account of twenty-two teenagers from different countries and background that come together at on school, South High School in Denver, Colorado. She describes their experiences in a beginner level English Language Acquisition class during the 2016-2017 school ye...

    As an employee of DPS and a former teacher of Newcomers, I felt that Thorpe did a fantastic job of telling the stories of these kids, while interweaving history, politics and pedagogy. She keeps it real, refrains from hysterics and exaggerations, and makes you feel like you are a membe...

    This is a lovely and timely account of a year spent in a high school classroom in Denver, following the lives of ?newcomer? students who just arrived in the country as refugees.Thorpe embedded in the classroom where these students spent the majority of the year learning to read, wr...

    It took me a while to get into this book, but by 50 pages I was reading with some interest. Somehow I thought or assumed the book would track along the events of a single school year - it turned out to go into the following summer and then conclude with some description events in th...

    Eye-opening and hyper-relevant. A must-read. A journalist follows the stories of several young refugees in an English language acquisition class in a Denver high school. The students are from several different countries, and have little to no familiarity with the English language. Jour...

    Journalist Helen Thorpe is the child of Irish immigrants to America, and writes with authority as well as compassion about young people who are recent arrivals to the United States. During a year spent shadowing in a classroom at Denver's South High, the author explores the lives and s...

    Debated between 3 and 4 stars. This is a very important book for Americans to read right now. It helped me understand more about the lives and struggles of immigrants and refugees, before and after coming to the U.S. This book inspires me to want to get involved in an organization s...