Thursday, June 18, 2020

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel

Source: Purchased

I purchased books for my classroom from Scholastic with my birthday money. This was the first book I picked out to read. New Kid is the story of Jordan Banks. He is a middle school student who loves to draw graphic cartoons.  He wants to go to arts school. However, his mom wants something more for him. She has managed to get him into one of the most prestigious schools in the area. Jordan realizes that there are very few kids of color in this school. There are very few kids who are not rich. This is just one more reason for him not to feel like he fits in.  To me this book was very appropriate for what we have been seeing in our country the last few weeks.  However, this isn’t just about color, it is about being accepted for who you are regardless of social status, color or anything else. It is about standing up for what is right. This was a very quick read for me and one I can say I really enjoyed. This says a lot because my students would be the first to tell you that graphic novels are not my favorite genre. One thing I really enjoyed about the book is that we get to see Jordan’s drawings, a peek at his sketchbook within this book. I would definitely read more by this author. This is a book a can’t wait to put on my shelves and recommend to my students.

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