Houston, Julian. New Boy.HOUSTON, Julian. New boy. Houghton Mifflin Houghton Mifflin Company is a leading educational publisher in the United States. The company's headquarters is located in Boston's Back Bay. It publishes textbooks, instructional technology materials, assessments, reference works, and fiction and non-fiction for both young readers . 288p. c2005.0-618-432531. $16.00. JS
Rob, age 16, has left Virginia to come to Draper, a Connecticut boarding school, to get the kind of education denied to African Americans in the segregated South of the late 1950s. A bright but sheltered boy, he is the first student of color not of the white race; - commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed.
See also: Color at Draper, and the year is an education for him in all kinds of ways. Rob sees an acne-ridden Italian American An Italian American is an American of Italian descent. The phrase may refer to someone born in the United States of Italian heritage or to someone who has immigrated to the United States from Italy. classmate bullied and ostracized by the "cruel snobs" at school, visits Harlem and a jazz club A jazz club is a venue where the primary entertainment is live jazz. Often such venues are in the basement of residential buildings. They are rather small compared to other music venues, reflecting the intimate atmosphere of jazz concerts. , and gradually becomes more aware of the pervasiveness of prejudice. As the civil rights movement gains strength among young black people in the South, Rob and his friends back home help organize a sit-in at a Virginia Woolworth's lunch counter that won't serve African Americans, a protest that turns violent. Caught between two very different worlds, Rob learns to speak out against bigotry and segregation. The author, now an Associate Justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts, also grew up in Virginia and then attended a Connecticut school, and he was "a community organizer in Harlem during the civil rights movement," according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the book jacket. His novel is a convincing portrayal of a pivotal era in American history, as seen through the eyes of a sympathetic young protagonist. Coleman Hawkins, Malcolm X Malcolm X, 1925–65, militant black leader in the United States, also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, b. Malcolm Little in Omaha, Neb. He was introduced to the Black Muslims while serving a prison term and became a Muslim minister upon his release in 1952. , and Joe Louis feature as minor characters; there's some strong language, for those who need to know. This would be a valuable accompaniment to any study of the civil rights movement. Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT