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New Kid



written and illustrated by
Jerry Craft

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
HarperCollins
ISBN
9780062691200

Awards and Honors
2020 Charlotte Huck Award Honor
2019 Kirkus Prize Winner
2019 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
Kirkus Best Books - 2019
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2019
SLJ Best Books - 2019
CSMCL Best Books - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
NYPL Best Books - 2019
2020 Newbery Medal Winner
2020 Coretta Scott King Author Book Award Winner
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
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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.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

256

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Dewey

F

AR

2.9: points 2

Lexile

GN320L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

6

JLG Release

Apr 2019

Book Genres


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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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 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

Praise & Reviews

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 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

Grades 5-8
Graphic Novels Middle Plus
For Grades 5-8

Book-length narratives presented in comic book style, graphic novels foster both visual and verbal comprehension skills while exposing readers to interesting dialogue and satire, as well as affirming diversity.

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Interests
Diversity,ESL,Fiction,Graphic Novels,Reluctant Readers,Transitional Readers,Funny/Humorous
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