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 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?
This middle grade graphic novel is an excellent choice for tween readers, including for summer reading.
Jerry Craft is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of New Kid, Class Act, and the upcoming School Trip. New Kid won the Newbery Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and the Kirkus Prize. Jerry was born in Harlem and grew up in nearby Washington Heights. He is a graduate of the Fieldston School and received his B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts.
- Publisher: Quill Tree Books; Unabridged edition (February 5, 2019)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 256 pages
- ISBN-10: 0062691198
- ISBN-13: 9780062691194
- Reading age: 9 - 12 years
- Grade level: 3 - 7
- Item Weight: 1.19 pounds
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.64 x 9 inches