New Kid

New Kid

Graphic Novel - 2019
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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?
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062691200
Characteristics: 249 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Callahan, Jim - Colorist


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Gr 4-7 2020 Newbery Medal. Sequel is "Class Act"

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"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 even... Read More »

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FPL_Jenni Apr 17, 2021

New Kid written and illustrated by Jerry Craft was awarded the 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Award, as well as the first graphic novel to have been awarded a Newberry Medal. It was also listed on the 2020-2021 Texas Bluebonnet Award List. Craft takes full advantage of the graphic novel format in order to portray an array of authentic characters as well as an incredibly relatable story. Through his illustrations and language, Craft is able to honestly portray what it is like being the new poor Black kid in a school full of incredibly wealthy White kids (and one super rich Black kid that everyone seems to forget is rich). Craft forces his readers to ask questions and face the reality of what it is like being “the Black kid”. He portrays tense topics, like microaggressions and racial stereotypes, with the delicacy of a sledgehammer, forcing readers to acknowledge the problems within our society. An incredible story that anyone, and everyone, should read.

VaughanPLDonnalee Feb 28, 2021

This is a really good graphic novel for kids. The story is quite entertaining and deals with 12 year Jordan, who must navigate his first year at a private school. As a black student, it is not always easy to navigate the social structures of the predominantly white school he finds himself reluctantly attending. There are a lot of gently thought-provoking scenes and the story is very entertaining and told with great humour and lively illustrations. In the end, I was kind of expecting something a little more, though. This book is the winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal and I was expecting it to have a little more substance. While this book looked at race relations a bit, it really felt like it just brushed the surface of these issues and there wasn't as much discussion and depth as I was expecting. Overall it is still very good and it is definitely recommended.

I really was not a fan of this book. As reading it I found no interest in it.

Dec 26, 2020

I'm not really a graphic novel person, but this was one of my favourite graphic novels. It did a great job of showing microaggressions, not flat out racism (in most parts) but definitely quite a lot of microagressions.

JCLBrittanyC Nov 18, 2020

I feel like as of recent, books that have been receiving a lot of hype have not lived up to it, that is not the case for this graphic. New Kid follows Jordan Banks who is sent to a prestigious private school for his seventh-grade year where he must learn to navigate the culture of his new school while also staying true to himself. This graphic really dives into the experience of a young person of color and their experience in a less than diverse community. I think many books that hit on race issues for younger audiences highlight some of the bigger racist acts, whereas this one hits on the subtleties that happen each day. I think this would be an excellent read for all young people and adults. I believe the community matters book club read this title, and I’m sure it provoked excellent discussion. I think whether it’s with family, friends, or neighbors I think this would offer wonderful discussion and perspective we can all learn from. The sequel Class Act is also out now, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Nov 16, 2020

Wow this book is amazing. It has some references for parents, but this is intended for middle school to high school kids. It has to do with fitting in, prejudice, etc. I loved it.

Nov 03, 2020

Awesome book!!!

OPL_KIDS Sep 12, 2020

New Kid is an interesting and enlightening graphic novel by Jerry Craft. The illustrations are fun and bring an extra bit of humor to the book. The story has an abundance of character development, making this book ideal for children who love a character driven plot. It does seem to lack excitement, so adventure lovers may wish to choose another option. This graphic novel's greatest value is that it subtly teaches the reader about racial bias and micro-aggressions hidden inside an entertaining story. When you also consider that graphic novels are often more appealing to reluctant readers, this book becomes an excellent option for a wide variety of readers with a variety of interests.

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IndyPL_SteveB Jun 27, 2020

Winner of 2020 Newbery Medal and the 2020 Coretta Scott King Award for children’s literature. This is the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Award, and it’s a good one.

I think this will be popular with many children age 10-14, with perhaps added appeal for African-American boys – although the audience is certainly not limited to them. Most children understand the problems of going to a new school, of finding your place in the school hierarchy, of differences in social class, of making friends, of the daily fear of embarrassment that you will say something dumb in school.

Jordan Banks is changing schools for 7th grade. His parents have gotten him into an exclusive private school where he will be one of the few black students. Jordan is a talented cartoonist and wants to go to art school instead. He has to navigate the expectations of being around rich kids (even one of the other black students has a CEO father and vacations in Tuscany), of mildly racist and indifferent teachers who can’t remember which black kid is which and who assume that the Black kids must be the aggressors in any conflict; and mildly racist classmates who assume that all the Black kids are on financial assistance, love fried chicken, and are star athletes.

There is a lot of humor but also much wisdom that I think will stick with the children who read this. One of the major benefits of reading is to see the world through someone else’s eyes, and this completely succeeds at that.

Hillsboro_RobP Jun 25, 2020

A riveting read and masterclass in microaggressions, this middle-grade graphic novel will have readers identifying with familiar feelings of being the outsider, while opening eyes to the complexities of racial identity in some brilliant ways. A must-read for teachers and kids alike.

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