“New Boy” by Julian Houston



Julian Houston was born in Richmond, Virginia, and educated in the public schools of that city before attending the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. He attended Boston University and was a community organizer in Harlem during the civil rights movement. He is now an associate justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts. Julian Houston lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife and family.


Read Aloud Tips

  • Give examples of how different life might be for Black Americans during the 1950s. Discuss how that compares to life for Black Americans now.

  • Have students brainstorm ways that Rob could possibly make a difference and create a list together as a class.

  • Utilize word walls and language walls to discuss unknown words, pictures, events, or ideas.


“Houston’s depiction of racism during the 1950s is brutally honest. . . . With a likeable narator making tough decisions, New Boy is bound to elicit lively discussions.” – Book Page


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