New From Here by Kelly Yang
Life in California is not what they expected. Protective masks, hand sanitizer, and social distancing are the norm. Groceries and household goods, especially toilet paper, are in short supply. After a period of in person instruction, schools initiate virtual classrooms. Mom loses her job. Money is tight.
The family’s story is told through the eyes of ten-year-old Knox, whose ADHD heightens his impulsivity, restlessness, and difficulty concentrating. Viewing the pandemic through his eyes gives the story a unique perspective. Knox has his own way of seeing the world, which at times can be a bonus but in some situations is a problem.
He knows his race, culture, and medical condition mark him as different from his classmates. What would be a small slip-up for other kids, spirals into a major disaster for Knox.
What’s gotten into that kid? I look down. The pain is almost unbearable. It’s a question I’ve been asking myself my whole life.