New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

The latest stunning novel from Tracy Chevalier is a schoolyard tale of bullying, betrayal and love, full of nostalgia and suspense. Enter to win one of 10 copies below

“A compact and intense read full of twists, turns and intrigue” Daily Express

Tracy Chevalier is the author of the five million copy bestseller, Girl with a Pearl Earring, which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth. Her latest novel, New Boy, is told over the course of one school day in Washington D.C. in the 1970s, and is a story about fitting in, standing out and knowing which friends to trust.

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

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

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About the author

Tracy Chevalier is the author of nine novels, including the international bestseller Girl with a Pearl Earring. American by birth, British by geography, she lives in London with her husband and son. Tracy's website will tell you more about her and her books.


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