New Kid

New Kid

by Jerry Craft

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062691194
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,380
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: GN320L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jerry Craft is an author and illustrator who has worked on numerous picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade novels, including The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Patrik Henry Bass. Jerry is the creator of Mama’s Boyz, an award-winning syndicated comic strip. He has won five African American Literary Awards, and he is a cofounder of the Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and now lives in Connecticut. Visit him online at www.jerrycraft.net.

Jerry Craft is an author and illustrator who has worked on numerous picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade novels, including The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Patrik Henry Bass. Jerry is the creator of Mama’s Boyz, an award-winning syndicated comic strip. He has won five African American Literary Awards, and he is a cofounder of the Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and now lives in Connecticut. Visit him online at www.jerrycraft.net.

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New Kid 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Take_Me_AwayPH 5 months ago
I don't normally read and review graphic novels, but once in a lifetime I find one that I really love and I know that I should have been reading things by this certain author long ao. And this is one of those times. New Kid has an awesome realistic story and art that is even better. I knew I had to tell the world about this story! Jordan Banks is going to starting at another school.A school that's known for academics and where there aren't many kids that look like him. As he's attending school, he realizes that he has another identity that shows when he's around different people. How does he decide which one is the real him? The thing that stands out the most to me about this graphic novel is the realistic story. I don't think I've read a graphic novel that I've related to more. At one point I went through the same thing that Jordan did. And everything that he mentioned, I can relate to that too unfortunately. There's still times now that people ask me if I'm really a librarian or if I just work at the library. It's less hurtful to me now because I know (sometimes) they don't mean it, but after reading this, I think about how I might have felt when I was Jordan's age. I'm so glad there is a graphic novel out about this part of African American teen lives. Hopefully this will grab those reluctant readers and then convince them to move on to other books like Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes. I also really liked the art! And Craft did the art himself! I found myself doing what I always do when I read a graphic novel that I love... Read through it first and then go back and look at the art. From the lines to the coloring, I really loved the way it came out. I also loved the way he incorporated Jordan's art into it. Each look into his journal had its own spread and I really liked that. It was so important to him, so the full spread gave the impression that it should be important to the readers as well. This book was something that I was hand given at NCTE. I remember all the publicists talking about it and saying that readers of any age would love this one. And they were correct. This book will be a hit with anyone that has a love for friendship and art. Even if you're not a fan of graphic novels, give this one a try. You won't regret it.
Readingjunky 6 months ago
NEW KID by Jerry Craft is a graphic novel that deftly conveys the feelings of being the new kid in a world quite different than your own. More than anything, Jordan Banks wants to go to art school. Unfortunately, his parents, especially his mother, have different ideas about what's best for Jordan. He is about to start seventh grade at Riverdale Academy Day School. Completely different from his urban, city school, it promises a great educational opportunity, but a lack of diversity means Jordon will be one of only a few brown kids. The moment his "guide's" father picks him up in a fancy car, Jordan knows he's out of his element. A kid named Liam has been assigned to take Jordan around on the first day and be there for him should he have any questions. Liam quickly abandons Jordan. Using a map to find his classrooms proves nearly impossible, and no one seems to be interested in getting his name right. Author Jerry Craft takes readers along as Jordan meets his new classmates and figures out both the written and unwritten rules of the unfamiliar society of Riverdale Academy. Each day when he gets home, his mother is excited to hear about his day, his dad seems oddly uninterested, and his neighborhood friends aren't as welcoming as usual. Will he ever make new friends? Will he survive the year? Will Riverdale ever seem like the best place to be?