Tuesday intro: New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week, I’m reading New Boy by Tracy Chevalier, a retelling of Othello.  Here’s what it’s about…

31706251Arriving at his fifth school in as many years, a diplomat’s son, Osei Kokote, knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day so he’s lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can’t stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players – teachers and pupils alike – will never be the same again.

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

Here’s how it start…

Before School

Ice cream soda, cherry on top Tell me the name of your sweetheart!

Dee noticed him before anyone else. She was glad of that, held on to it. It made her feel special to have him to herself for a few seconds, before the world around them skipped a beat and did not recover for the rest of the day.

This is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series.  As I did well with the last book in the series (and only so far) – Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood – I have high hopes for this but we’ll see.  What do you think? Would you keep reading?


Note: text from proof copy

New Boy is released on 11th May, 2017: Pre-order on: Amazon UK / Amazon US


  1. I love the idea behind the Hogarth Shakespeare series and read one of the books, Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler (and loved it).

    This one sounds dark…but I am already intrigued by the excerpt and the blurb. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


  2. I somehow missed the news of the Hogarth Shakespeare series — I like the idea of it and the authors are some of my favorites.


    • Such a good way of reinventing Shakespeare and showing how good his stories are by making them modern and relevant to today’s audience.


  3. I nearly picked this one up to read this week, but decided on another one instead. It does sound good. I am not a fan of Shakespeare, admittedly, but I liked the story line of this one. I haven’t read any of the other books in the series.

    Thank you for sharing, Emma!


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