Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat’s son Osei 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 in Tracy Chevalier’s powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal.
New boy: Othello retold, F CHE, 188 pages