Kid’s Book Review: New From Here

Kid’s Book Review: New From Here

About the Book and Author

This book is inspired by true story about a family who move from Hong Kong to the USA in an attempt to try to escape Covid-19. Our young reviewer describes it as ‘engaging’ – we suggest it will also help young readers to be more empathetic towards the migrant families they meet who are setting in the U.K.

But life in America isn’t easy. At Knox’s new school, the other kids think that because he is from Asia, he must have brought over the virus. At home, Mom’s freaking out because she just got fired, and Dad doesn’t know when he’ll see them all again, because all flights out of Hong Kong have been cancelled.

As racism skyrockets during COVID, can Knox stand up to hate while finding his place in his new country?

New From here
Kelly Yang

Kelly Yang is the New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk, winner of the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature, Parachutes, and Three Keys. Front Desk also won the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal, was the 2019 Global Read Aloud, and has earned numerous other honours including being named a best book of the year by Amazon, The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and NPR. Kelly’s latest book, New From Here was published in 2022. Learn more at

Book Review

I thought this book was very engaging

My first impressions were that this was not a book I would have picked at first and it would not be a book I would have cared about, however; I saw the badge which said: ‘Inspired By A True Story’ which made me think that it might be better than I originally thought.

‘New From Here’ is about a family from Hong Kong at the start of the coronavirus – COVID 19; the family is scared of the COVID 19 and flees to America, while their dad unfortunately had to stay behind in Hong Kong, and this story is about what happened when they were in America.

I thought this book was very engaging, I also enjoy how this was based of a true story and how you saw what they did to try to fit into America. It made me think how strange it must have been for them to arrive in an unfamiliar country and start a new life, knowing no one.

There was only one thing that I disliked about the book, and that was the book for some reason took much longer to read than similar sized books; but other than that I enjoyed the book.

My conclusion is that this book would suit people who like non-fiction – people who like reading stories about real events.

I recommend it to readers aged  9+ years old and give it 4 stars.


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Reviewer Profile

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  • Name: Marsden
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: computer games, reading, riding my bike
  • Dislikes: mis-matching clothes and minced beef
  • Favourite Book: Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • Favourite Song: BTS Dynamite
  • Favourite Film: Marvel End Games