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About the Author

An award-winning author, journalist, teacher, and lecturer who has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Allure, among others, Brooke Hauser believes that the best stories are about people, not policies. Her work puts a human face on some of the most important issues of the 21st Century, including immigration, education, and the pursuit of the American Dream. In The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, Hauser chronicles a year in the life of students at Brooklyn’s International High School at Prospect Heights, a vibrant public school that serves recently arrived immigrants and refugees from around the world. A 2012 winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, given to the ten best books written for adults that appeal to teens, The New Kids has been called a “Great Read” by People magazine, “required reading” by the New York Post, and “simply astonishing” by NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.” Says The New York Times: “Ms. Hauser’s book is a refreshing reminder of the hurdles newcomers to this country still face and how many defy the odds to overcome them.” For speaking inquiries, please contact info@verbatimlectures.com. READ MORE

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Education, Equity, and The New Kids

“In 2012, the incoming first-year class of the UVM Honors College was assigned Brooke Hauser’s The New Kids as their summer reading. We could not have imagined a better, more productive and exciting start to the academic year; we could not have chosen a book that was better at engaging our students in crucial issues related to education and equity. The rich narrative detail of the book inspired the students to probe more deeply into their own recent history as high school students, finding not only differences but, especially, powerful points of convergence between their experiences and the lives of the immigrant students in The New Kids.” —Lisa Schnell, Associate Dean, Honors College, University of Vermont READ MORE