New Kid

New Kid

Book - 2019
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After his parents send him to a prestigious private school known for its academics, Jordan Banks finds himself torn between two worlds.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781338600896
Characteristics: 249 pages :,color illustrations ;,23 cm


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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.

Jun 11, 2020

Loved it! I listened to the audiobook as I read along in the ebook.

Jun 06, 2020

This middle-grade graphic novel has everything: fantastic illustrations, lovable characters, life lessons, and the navigation between two worlds as he moves from a school in his neighborhood to a predominately white private school full of rich kids and microaggressions.

VaughanPLDianeB May 28, 2020

I enjoyed this graphic novel. It's a fairly realistic look at the trials and tribulations of being the new kid in school. It also tackled issues of racial bias and preconceptions without solving every issue in a neat and tidy bow. Peer interactions, as well as parent~child relationships, were also highlighted in a sensitive and believable way. There were funny moments too. All in all, a good read!

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