Jesse has a new girl, Maria, in his class. Jason has a new boy, Jin, in his class. Emma has a new girl, Fatimah, in her class. The new classmates are from different countries. Jesse, Jason and Emma don’t know how to communicate with the new kids, but want to make them feel welcome. The children try to relate and reach out to new kids that are so different.
Someone New is a companion story to I’m New Here. Three recent immigrants try to adjust to a new country and school in I’m New Here. And the same story is told from the perspective of the students who welcome the newcomers in Someone New. These two stories would be good for young readers to talk about diversity, but also helping other kids and being brave and welcoming. Also it would be a great opportunity to see things from differing perspectives.