New Kid by Jerry Craft

New Kid

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang, New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft.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 ...


Details New Kid

TitleNew Kid
Author
Release DateFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherHarperCollins
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult
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Reviews New Kid

  • Betsy
    2019-02-13
    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...
  • Scott
    2019-08-02
    "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.
    2019-03-07
    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.
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    2019-03-26
    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
    2018-11-20
    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
  • Jillian Heise
    2019-01-24
    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.
  • Lata
    2019-07-12
    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...
  • Lynn Plourde
    2019-02-22
    NEW KID is fun and funny at the same time it portrays serious "fitting in at school" issues. Mega kid-appeal!
  • Sam
    2019-05-30
    When you finish a book in one sitting, you know it's good.
  • Nilah
    2019-02-19
    There's so much like to like about NEW KID. The terrific art, supplemented by main character Jordan's own comic journal-style observations. The journey through navigating a new school, new friendships, and new conflicts. The theme of not judging a book by its cover woven throughout. And I found the perspective of a Black kid in an environment that's not used to Blackness, where teachers constantly confuse you with That Other Black Kid They Rememb...
  • Georgia
    2019-04-23
    This was so good!
  • Danielle
    2019-02-27
    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...
  • Donna Gephart
    2019-03-01
    This book will mean the world to so many kids, who will see themselves on the page, who will feel less alone, who will feel validated. It's an honest look at what it feels like to be "other" in a space that is mostly white, mostly wealthy. It's got so much heart and moments of great humor. This one will be read and re-read and re-read again.
  • Kelli Gleiner
    2018-08-11
    An enjoyable graphic novel, full of smart humor and bite-sized, accessible social commentary for the middle-grade crowd. Loved the comics within the comics.
  • Katie Reilley
    2019-02-13
    Necessary graphic novel that deals with the topic of racism in middle school. I'll be curious to hear what my students notice and the conversations that will come because of the reading.
  • Jordan Henrichs
    2019-03-11
    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 ...
  • Thomas Bell
    2019-03-14
    This was an exceptionally good book. Dealt a lot with life in general for a kid. A lot of people are calling it a book about race, and it definitely dealt with that, but I think it is a lot more than that.So Jordan got a scholarship to go to a fancy-pants private middle-school. He learns about life as a middle-schooler, and not only that but being the new kid as well. Many of the students already knew each other. And he deals with people not unde...
  • Sam Bloom
    2019-03-10
    The MG graphic novel field is whiter than most kidlit formats, so this book is a HUGE deal. And there's really nothing better than a book with kid appeal through the roof that is also top-notch quality. Hooray for this book!!!
  • Nadine
    2019-02-18
    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.
  • DaNae
    2019-04-07
    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.
  • Casey Jo
    2018-10-25
    OMG! So good!!! Funny as heck, without shying away from the awkwardness of being one of a few Black kids at a private academy. The friendships are heartwarming, and the privilege is acrid. And the artwork by the MC is delightful.Note: This is a review of an Advance Reader Copy. The comment below references a fat joke that was taken out of the final version. Yay for thoughtful editing!!!
  • Anmiryam
    2018-03-14
    A pitch perfect look at a life as a minority kid straddling cultures -- his neighborhood, his family and his tony new school environment. I want to hand this out to every kid (and every parent) heading into middle school at the many independent schools in my community. Fun and moving.
  • Wendy
    2019-04-06
    4.5 stars, rounded up.LOVE the clever chapter titles. And the pink shorts. And Jordan's art. And the unflinching look at micro- and macro-aggressions.
  • Cortney
    2019-04-04
    Mini Me Rating and Review: the chapter names were interesting.
  • mytaakeonit
    2019-04-05
    Loved it! I think it would pair well with The Hate You Give, in that it explores the character's struggle to fit in to different cultures at school and in their neighborhood.
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    2019-02-21
    7th grader Jordan Banks wants to go to art school, but his parents have other ideas. They decide to enroll him in a private school that focuses on academics, and it’s nowhere near his Washington Heights home. When Jordan starts there, he realizes he is one of the only kids of color in his grade. He immediately believes going to this school is a mistake. He misses his old friends from the neighborhood, and he’s not really sure how to fit in wi...
  • Julie Kirchner
    2019-02-20
    I thought this graphic novel was spot on and perfect for addressing racism and bias drawing from the lens of students of color. Very powerful #ownvoices story. I’m anxious to get this in the hands of my students and to hear their thoughts.
  • Aliza Werner
    2019-02-15
    More than 5 stars!!! This #OwnVoices graphic novel is deeply authentic and richly layered in its themes of friendship, assimilation, identity, and more. This would be fascinating to use in teacher training programs and with current teachers in regard to discussing microaggressions, inherent bias, deficit mindsets, assumptions, power structures, and racial identity. This book is perfection and can’t wait to see more from author Jerry Craft.
  • Martha Rombach
    2019-04-28
    Author/illustrator Jerry Craft ought to be mighty proud of his graphic novel, New Kid, which I snapped up off of Amazon the first time I saw it featured in my feed. Thank you, Amazon, for recognizing my urgent need for compelling, current graphic novels to engage my "I hate to read" 8th-grade students. Raina Telgemeirer has dominated this genre with my middle schoolers, but, Jerry Craft, your realistic, hard-hitting, honest depiction of a mixed-r...