New Kid (New Kid, #1) by Jerry Craft

New Kid (New Kid, #1)

A graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real.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 Hei...

Details New Kid (New Kid, #1)

TitleNew Kid (New Kid, #1)
Release DateFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherQuill Tree Books
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction

Reviews New Kid (New Kid, #1)

  • Betsy
    Gaps. Sometimes they’re all that I can see.Imagine you have a brain that allows you to retain information in compartmentalized slots. You have chosen the field of “librarian” so this trait is useful in your day-to-day work. As you read children’s books over the course of a year, you categorize each one. You note similarities, differences, and books that don’t strike you as like anything else out there. And you continue to keep track yea...
  • Cristina Monica
    Not the most realistic story - or endearing one - but I was captivated by the art and the humour was different, in a good way! It's a story worth telling, and Jordan Banks worth knowing, I only wish the themes were more focused. It's about poverty, alienation, racism, misjudgment, self-expression, friendship, family, bullying… too much! But it's a solid 3 stars.
  • Scott
    "I wish I was Batman. Not just for the cool reasons. I could fit in anywhere! One minute he's at a board meeting [as Bruce Wayne]. And the next, he's in the most dangerous part of town. Completely fearless! Unlike me, Batman is always in control of EVERYTHING!" -- Jordan Banks, on page 166Witty and plausible graphic novel starring protagonist Jordan Banks, a thirteen year-old who is just starting 7th grade as a transfer student (hence the title) ...
  • Amber K.
    This is a must have in all upper elementary and above classrooms. This book is packed with bias and micro aggressions that are important for kids to read and understand -especially kids that live in areas with little to no racial diversity. I cannot wait to hand this off to my students and see what they think.
  • David Schaafsma
    A middle grades graphic novel, just awarded the Newbery Medal of 2020, the first comics story to ever win that award, one school year in the life of would-be artist Jordan Banks, who lives in Washington Heights on the upper west side of Manhattan, but whose parents enroll him in a posh private school in Riverdale, in the Bronx. Culturally, financially, these are two very different places, and Jordan and some other new students of color encounter ...
  • Calista
    This book was a joy to read. I looked forward to it. A kid from an inner city school longs to go to art school, but his parents want him to have opportunities and they send him to a prep school that's private where he is a minority among wealthy kids. It's the classic fish out of water, having to find your way in school story. It's well done and he makes friends and eventually he likes his new school. He has to figure out how to fit in to all the...
  • Jessica
    Stunning! The first of (I hope!) many graphic novels to be recognized with a Newbery Award, and it's absolutely deserving of the honor! Well written, well drawn, poignant and funny, I couldn't put it down, reading into the wee hours. My 11yo has also read it and loved it, and next it will go to the 15yo!
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Jordan is the new kid in seventh grade. And he's not going to art school like he wanted—he's going to a fancy new private school where he's one of a handful of students of color. He's not sure if he's going to fit in...but he's going to try.This was such fun to read. Jordan's world-view and how he frames things are hilarious and introspective, and his drawings are just the cutest things on the planet. I loved that he was able to expand his mind...
  • Cassie Thomas
    This is going to be THE most talked about graphic novel in the new year. This is a story that needs to be read and then talked about. Every single chapter had me shaking my head yes. Swipe right to see just two pages of serious truth that readers and teachers alike need to be reading. Out February 2019
  • Jenna Friebel
    2020 Newbery winner, my committee year!
  • Sheila Beaumont
    This entertaining and enlightening graphic novel tells the story of African American middle-schooler Jordan Banks, who loves to draw and wanted to go to art school, but is sent by his parents to a prestigious private school that emphasizes academics. Will he be able to fit in among the mostly white students, and keep his neighborhood friends too? The story is well told with excellent, full-color artwork and plenty of humor. This is the first grap...
  • DaNae
    These kids! I love when I walk away from book and feel I know the people that have filled its pages - not because the author told me, but showed me. Craft is often subtle in his character building and this book is all the stronger for it. One of few books that showcases race and micro-aggressions without the heavy drumbeat of righteousness.
  • Jillian Heise
    A FANTASTIC middle grade graphic novel. A necessary addition for any school/classroom library. Approaches subtle & overt racism in an accessible & understandable way for the audience, while not holding back, through the lens of the new kid at school. A FANTASTIC middle grade graphic novel. A necessary addition for any school/classroom library. Approaches subtle & overt racism in an accessible & understandable way for the audience, while not hol...
  • Jenny Baker
    I loved this so much! 😍
  • Danielle
    I wasn't really planning on picking this up, but I found it as an ebook and graphic novels never take too long to read. I really liked that it tackled so many aspects of racism (especially getting into specifics given that the protagonist, Jordan, is light-skinned - you can tell Craft really knows how to write about race and convey more than the minimum), mostly for black communities but there were students from other backgrounds.I wasn't a fan o...
  • Erin
    This 2019 graphic novel certainly earned a place in my heart as I followed the main protagonist, seventh-grader Jordan Banks as he travels from Washington Heights to his new school- an upscale academy for academics. But while the school excels in offering a variety of exciting academic programs, it lacks diversity and through one year of learning both teachers and students have a lot to learn. I would certainly recommend this book to readers who ...
  • Rod Brown
    This is definitely targeted at younger readers, but I still bet I learned more from this story of minority kids at a predominately white NYC private school about implicit bias, microaggressions, and racism than I will from the official training I have to take at my job next week. It's a bit slow as the story is paced to last the entire school year, and I'm not sure the chapter titles punning on movie titles really added much, but the scathing poi...
  • Destiny Henderson
    Cute. A relatable story about how it feels to be the only black kid somewhere and the ounce of joy you get when you see someone else who looks like you and microaggressions. Also, amen to the segment about how MG/YA books are marketed to black kids. You have got drugs, poverty, rap, and basketball for black books vs. lily-white adventurer books. Thank God, it's slowly changing.
  • mindful.librarian ☀️
    Know what I love even more about this book than the fact it won the Newbery? The fact that my middle school son (who magically decided that since his mom is a librarian, books are DUMB) asked me to buy it for him right when it came out last winter and read it right away and begrudgingly admitted it was “fine okay whatever I guess”. YOU GUYS! The Newbery committee picked a book that THIS KID LIKED 😍 That says SO MUCH!Oh and I just read it i...
  • Ms. Yingling
    ARC provided by Young Adult Books CentralJordan is not thrilled to be going to a private school several neighborhoods away from his home in Washington Heights, New York City, since it means leaving his best friend and having to deal with a whole new social class of peers. Also, if he has to go to a new school, he wishes it were an art school instead, since drawing comics is one of his favorite things to do. He is picked up the first day by his st...
  • Nadine Keels
    Jordan, a twelve-year-old artist, would love to go to art school, but instead his parents enroll him in a private school with top-notch academics. Jordan finds that he's one of only a few kids of color in the seventh grade at his new school in New Kid by author Jerry Craft.Yes. I picked this graphic novel up because of the race/diversity issue it addresses. Yes, it resonated with me in a number of places on that score, such as in a section of Jor...
  • Jordan Henrichs
    There's a lot to like about NEW KID...First off, there's more substance than your typical middle grade graphic novel. Reminds me of Victoria Jamieson's work. Jordan was a really strong character. He's thoughtful and creative and I appreciated how positive he remained despite questioning some of his feelings and friendships. And his questions felt so realistic. He was definitely a character that many kids will probably relate to. I will say, this ...
  • Lynn Plourde
    NEW KID is fun and funny at the same time it portrays serious "fitting in at school" issues. Mega kid-appeal!
  • Abby Johnson
    This book had so many moments that tell it like it is. It's probably the best middle grade book at dealing with microaggressions that I've seen. It does not stray away from how uncomfortable it makes Jordan, even when his white classmates and teachers don't realize what they're doing.This is a book that kids of color will identify with and that white kids need to read and talk about. And it's written in a fun way. Full-color panels illustrate Jor...
  • Lata
    4.5 stars. I enjoyed this story of Jordan starting at a new school, where many of the kids come from affluent backgrounds. There are very few other brown kids, and Jordan eventually becomes good friends with a couple of the boys, including one from a very different background than his.Jordan experiences racist and classist behaviour from some of his classmates, and from one of his teachers, who comes off as irritatingly thoughtless and racist, al...
  • Nadine
    This book is so darn clever. A young person of colour has a scholarship for a fancy school and his day to day experiences with micro-aggressions are faithfully documented. It's smart and funny and totally hits the target. We need more books like this - like one for girls as well. I have just the incident for the girls one - a teacher in assembly last week saying "well done boys" to the robotics team - that included a girl.
  • Sam
    When you finish a book in one sitting, you know it's good.
  • Melki
    I liked everything about this terrific graphic novel for young people. It did the impossible by making me wish I was back in school again if only for the camaraderie and new experiences. (Gym class excepted, of course.)
  • Maia
    This Newbery Award winning graphic novel follows Jordan, a kid from Washington Heights, for his entire seventh grade school year. Jordan loves drawing and carries a sketchbook everywhere. He dreams of going to art school, but his mother insists on sending him to a private, academically rigorous school a long subway ride away. He is one of very few kids of color in the whole school, as if being the new kid wasn't awkward enough. Luckily he finds f...