New Kid, by Jerry Craft

Written and Illustrated by Jerry Craft

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade.

As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds—and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?

A perfect read for students who enjoy graphic novels or realistic fiction. Craft does a great job addressing polarizing subjects with humor and sensitivity. This book would make a good springboard for discussions in the classroom or with individuals.

Review by Jessica Riggs, Frost Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-7

New Kid
Written and Illustrated by Jerry Craft
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
249 pages
Release Date: February 5, 2019
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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