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The Newcomers follows the lives of 22 refugee and immigrant teens throughout the course of one school year as they land at South High School in Denver, Colorado, in a beginner-level English Language Acquisition class. From an award-winning, “meticulously observant” journalist comes a powerful and moving nonfiction account of how these teenagers learn English and grow accustomed to their new home, in the care of a compassionate ESL teacher who is half Anglo and half Latino, and was inspired to teach in part because of his mother’s experiences in an ESL classroom. The newcomers range from fourteen to nineteen years old, and arrive from nations beset by war or social collapse. Many come directly from refugee camps. Yet this is a story of transformation. As the students blossom in the care of their dedicated and resourceful teacher, the book becomes funny, poignant, and uplifting. We come to grasp the refugee crisis at human scale, and to admire the tremendous resilience the students exhibit when given the chance to start over. The Newcomers was awarded a Columbia Journalism School Lukas Prize for a Work in Progress, won the Colorado Book Award for narrative nonfiction, and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.