New Kid

By: Jerry Craft

As Jordan travels from his Washington Heights neighborhood to the upscale Riverdale private school where he’s starting seventh grade, he finds himself torn between two worlds—and not really fitting into either one.
Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9780062691200

JLG Release: Apr 2019


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Sensitive Areas: Racism
Topics: Neighborhoods , Family life , Washington Heights, New York City , Riverdale, Bronx , Private schools , Art and drawing , Academics , Race and racism , Friendship , Comics and graphic novels

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Awards & Honors

2019 Kirkus Prize Finalist

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal*, Kirkus Reviews*, Booklist*, Publishers Weekly*, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

Jordan Banks is anxious about being the new kid at Riverdale, especially since he’d rather be going to art school. He’s even more nervous when he realizes that, unlike in his Washington Heights neighborhood, at Riverdale, he’s one of the few kids of color. Despite some setbacks, Jordan eventually makes a few friends and chronicles his experie Jordan Banks is anxious about being the new kid at Riverdale, especially since he’d rather be going to art school. He’s even more nervous when he realizes that, unlike in his Washington Heights neighborhood, at Riverdale, he’s one of the few kids of color. Despite some setbacks, Jordan eventually makes a few friends and chronicles his experiences in his sketch pad. This is more than a story about being the new kid—it’s a complex examination of the micro- and macroaggressions that Jordan endures from classmates and teachers. He is regularly mistaken for the other black kids at school. A teacher calls another black student by the wrong name and singles him out during discussions on financial aid. Even Jordan’s supportive parents don’t always understand the extent of the racism he faces. This book opens doors for additional discussion. Craft’s illustrations are at their best during the vibrant full-page spreads. The art loses a bit of detail during crowd scenes, but the characters’ emotions are always well conveyed. Jordan’s black-and-white notebook drawings are the highlight of this work, combining effective social commentary with the protagonist’s humorous voice. VERDICT Highly recommended for all middle grade shelves.–Gretchen Hardin, Sterling Municipal Library, Baytown, TX

Book Details

ISBN

9780062691200

First Release

April 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Page Count

256

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.9; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.1; Points: 6;

Lexile

Level GN320L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

HarperCollins

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Racism

Topics

Neighborhoods, Family life, Washington Heights, New York City, Riverdale, Bronx, Private schools, Art and drawing, Academics, Race and racism, Friendship, Comics and graphic novels,

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