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

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Booktart
    Mar 21, 2018

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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 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. ...

    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?...

    I cannot speak strongly enough about how much I loved this book. Few are the books that shatter the things you thought were true, expand your horizons and open your worldview, grow the compassion you have for those in this world trying to make a better place for those who don't have a ...

    This book is amazing. Go read it now. If you are like me and love language, culture and learning about the way things work outside of the USA, read this book. Even if you don't, read this book. It is a very appropriate and necessary book for the time. ...

    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...

    Everybody who is against bringing refugees to America should read this, but of course they won?t be the ones who will. ...

  • Rissie
    Feb 08, 2018

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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 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. ...

  • Michael
    Feb 13, 2018

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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 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. ...

    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?...

    I cannot speak strongly enough about how much I loved this book. Few are the books that shatter the things you thought were true, expand your horizons and open your worldview, grow the compassion you have for those in this world trying to make a better place for those who don't have a ...

    This book is amazing. Go read it now. If you are like me and love language, culture and learning about the way things work outside of the USA, read this book. Even if you don't, read this book. It is a very appropriate and necessary book for the time. ...

    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...

    Everybody who is against bringing refugees to America should read this, but of course they won?t be the ones who will. ...

    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...

    Helen Thorpe is an author and journalist from Denver USA. Her parents immigrated to the US from Ireland when she was one but she became particularly interested in refugee issues in her home city. She joined an English Language Aquisition (ELA) for newcomers at South High for a year tha...

    Helen Thorpe immerses herself in a Denver high school classroom filled with teenage refugees struggling to learn English and adapt to American life: Lisbeth, the gregarious policewoman's daughter who ran away from violent gangs in El Salvador that threatened her family; Solomon and Met...

    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

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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...

  • Jennifer Louden
    Apr 01, 2018

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

  • Carrie Esposito
    Jan 24, 2018

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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 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. ...

    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

    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

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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 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. ...

    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?...

    I cannot speak strongly enough about how much I loved this book. Few are the books that shatter the things you thought were true, expand your horizons and open your worldview, grow the compassion you have for those in this world trying to make a better place for those who don't have a ...

    This book is amazing. Go read it now. If you are like me and love language, culture and learning about the way things work outside of the USA, read this book. Even if you don't, read this book. It is a very appropriate and necessary book for the time. ...

    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...

    Everybody who is against bringing refugees to America should read this, but of course they won?t be the ones who will. ...

    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

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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 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. ...

    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?...

    I cannot speak strongly enough about how much I loved this book. Few are the books that shatter the things you thought were true, expand your horizons and open your worldview, grow the compassion you have for those in this world trying to make a better place for those who don't have a ...

    This book is amazing. Go read it now. If you are like me and love language, culture and learning about the way things work outside of the USA, read this book. Even if you don't, read this book. It is a very appropriate and necessary book for the time. ...

    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

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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 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. ...

    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?...

    I cannot speak strongly enough about how much I loved this book. Few are the books that shatter the things you thought were true, expand your horizons and open your worldview, grow the compassion you have for those in this world trying to make a better place for those who don't have a ...

    This book is amazing. Go read it now. If you are like me and love language, culture and learning about the way things work outside of the USA, read this book. Even if you don't, read this book. It is a very appropriate and necessary book for the time. ...

    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...

    Everybody who is against bringing refugees to America should read this, but of course they won?t be the ones who will. ...

    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...

    Helen Thorpe is an author and journalist from Denver USA. Her parents immigrated to the US from Ireland when she was one but she became particularly interested in refugee issues in her home city. She joined an English Language Aquisition (ELA) for newcomers at South High for a year tha...

    Helen Thorpe immerses herself in a Denver high school classroom filled with teenage refugees struggling to learn English and adapt to American life: Lisbeth, the gregarious policewoman's daughter who ran away from violent gangs in El Salvador that threatened her family; Solomon and Met...

    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...

  • Jenny Shank
    Mar 19, 2018

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

  • Barb
    Feb 09, 2018

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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 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. ...

    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

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

  • Joshua Hedlund
    May 14, 2018

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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 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. ...

    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?...

    I cannot speak strongly enough about how much I loved this book. Few are the books that shatter the things you thought were true, expand your horizons and open your worldview, grow the compassion you have for those in this world trying to make a better place for those who don't have a ...

    This book is amazing. Go read it now. If you are like me and love language, culture and learning about the way things work outside of the USA, read this book. Even if you don't, read this book. It is a very appropriate and necessary book for the time. ...

    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...

    Everybody who is against bringing refugees to America should read this, but of course they won?t be the ones who will. ...

    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...

    Helen Thorpe is an author and journalist from Denver USA. Her parents immigrated to the US from Ireland when she was one but she became particularly interested in refugee issues in her home city. She joined an English Language Aquisition (ELA) for newcomers at South High for a year tha...

    Helen Thorpe immerses herself in a Denver high school classroom filled with teenage refugees struggling to learn English and adapt to American life: Lisbeth, the gregarious policewoman's daughter who ran away from violent gangs in El Salvador that threatened her family; Solomon and Met...

  • Amber Garabrandt
    Nov 13, 2017

    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,...

    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...

    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

    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

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

  • Ali
    Mar 23, 2018

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

  • Katie
    Apr 18, 2018

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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 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. ...

    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?...

    I cannot speak strongly enough about how much I loved this book. Few are the books that shatter the things you thought were true, expand your horizons and open your worldview, grow the compassion you have for those in this world trying to make a better place for those who don't have a ...

  • Rachel Martin
    Dec 21, 2017

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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 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. ...

    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?...

    I cannot speak strongly enough about how much I loved this book. Few are the books that shatter the things you thought were true, expand your horizons and open your worldview, grow the compassion you have for those in this world trying to make a better place for those who don't have a ...

    This book is amazing. Go read it now. If you are like me and love language, culture and learning about the way things work outside of the USA, read this book. Even if you don't, read this book. It is a very appropriate and necessary book for the time. ...

    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...

    Everybody who is against bringing refugees to America should read this, but of course they won?t be the ones who will. ...

    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...

  • Ellen
    Mar 05, 2018

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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 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. ...

    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?...

    I cannot speak strongly enough about how much I loved this book. Few are the books that shatter the things you thought were true, expand your horizons and open your worldview, grow the compassion you have for those in this world trying to make a better place for those who don't have a ...

    This book is amazing. Go read it now. If you are like me and love language, culture and learning about the way things work outside of the USA, read this book. Even if you don't, read this book. It is a very appropriate and necessary book for the time. ...

  • Mary
    May 15, 2018

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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 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. ...

    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?...

    I cannot speak strongly enough about how much I loved this book. Few are the books that shatter the things you thought were true, expand your horizons and open your worldview, grow the compassion you have for those in this world trying to make a better place for those who don't have a ...

    This book is amazing. Go read it now. If you are like me and love language, culture and learning about the way things work outside of the USA, read this book. Even if you don't, read this book. It is a very appropriate and necessary book for the time. ...

    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...

    Everybody who is against bringing refugees to America should read this, but of course they won?t be the ones who will. ...

    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...

    Helen Thorpe is an author and journalist from Denver USA. Her parents immigrated to the US from Ireland when she was one but she became particularly interested in refugee issues in her home city. She joined an English Language Aquisition (ELA) for newcomers at South High for a year tha...

  • Nann
    Jan 16, 2018

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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 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. ...

    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

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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 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. ...

    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

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

  • Virginia Mcgarvey
    Nov 29, 2017

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    Anyone with opinions on immigration or the movement of refugees should read this book; the humanity brought to life is so moving. It's very easy for Americans to just point fingers at the rest of the world and forget just how involved and responsible WE are for creating the very refuge...

    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 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. ...

    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?...

    I cannot speak strongly enough about how much I loved this book. Few are the books that shatter the things you thought were true, expand your horizons and open your worldview, grow the compassion you have for those in this world trying to make a better place for those who don't have a ...

    This book is amazing. Go read it now. If you are like me and love language, culture and learning about the way things work outside of the USA, read this book. Even if you don't, read this book. It is a very appropriate and necessary book for the time. ...

    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...

    Everybody who is against bringing refugees to America should read this, but of course they won?t be the ones who will. ...

    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

    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,...

    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...

  • Jen Alexander
    Dec 07, 2017

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    While the scope of the story at times overwhelmed the writing and there was too much repetition of the classroom activity, this book still blew me away. To spend a year with these refugee kids, to experience the challenges of their lives, was life changing. I wish every member of Congr...

    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...

    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...

    Such a wonderful, important, timely book. And I'm now following the high school track career of one of the featured kids. ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...