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New Kid

by Jerry Craft

Other authors: Jim Callahan (Colorist)

Series: New Kid (1)

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"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?"… (more)
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Independent Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Awards: Nebraska Golden Sower Award (Nominee — 2021)
Texas Bluebonnet Award (Nominee — 2021)
Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award (Nominee — 2022)
Young Hoosier Book Award (Winner — Middle Grade — 2021)
Massachusetts Children's Book Award (Nominee — 2020)
Kirkus Prize (Winner — Young Readers' Literature — 2019)
Audie Award (Finalist — Middle Grade — 2020)
Sequoyah Book Award (Nominee — Intermediate — 2021)
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award (Nominee — 2021)
Great Stone Face Book Award (Nominee — 2020)
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (Winner — Grades 6-8 — 2021)
Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award (Nominee — 2022)
Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award (Nominee — Junior — 2022)
Buckeye Children's & Teen Book Award (Nominee — Grades 3-5 — 2020)
South Dakota Children's Book Awards (Almost Made It! — 2022)
Newbery Medal (Medal Winner — 2020)
Nutmeg Book Award (Nominee — Intermediate — 2021)
Nutmeg Book Award (Winner — Middle School — 2021)
Great Lakes Great Books Award (Winner — 2021)
Vermont Golden Dome Book Award (Nominee — 2021)
Mark Twain Readers Award (Nominee — 2022)
Sunshine State Young Reader's Award (Nominee — Grades 6-8 — 2021)
Nēnē Award (Winner — Graphic Novel — 2021)
Garden State Teen Book Award (Winner — 2021)
Blue Hen Book Award (Nominee — 2021)
Coretta Scott King Award (Winner — 2020)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — 2022)
Iowa Children's Choice Award (Nominee — 2021)
Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award (Winner — 2022)
North Carolina Children's Book Award (Nominee — 2022)
NCSLMA Battle of the Books (Middle School — 2024)
NCSLMA Battle of the Books (Middle School — 2021)
Virginia Readers' Choice (Nominee — Middle School — 2021)
Golden Archer Award (Nominee — 2021)
Volunteer State Book Award (Nominee — Middle School — 2021)
Volunteer State Book Award (Nominee — Intermediate — 2021)
Maud Hart Lovelace Award (Nominee — 2021)
YouPer Award (Top Ten — 2020)
Three Stars Book Award (Nominee — Middle School — 2020)
Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year (Honor Book — 2020)
CYBILS Awards (Winner — 2019)
Rhode Island Middle School Book Award (Nominee — 2021)
CSMCL Best Multicultural Book (2019)
Maine Student Book Award (Reading List — 2021)
Maine Student Book Award (Winner — 2021)
M. Jerry Weiss Book Award (Graphic Novel — 2023)
Charlotte Huck Award (Honor — 2020)
New England Book Award (Finalist — 2019)
  warnackle10 | Apr 12, 2024 |
I think this book is more for intermediate level and middle school students. The book is about a kid in New York going to a new private school. in this book he faces what it is like to be the new kid, face a lack of diversity in his school, racism from the children at school, and trying to make new friends while maintaining the friends he already had.
  Kschweppe | Apr 10, 2024 |
This book is about a young boy named Jordan who is a black student. His parents move him to a new middle school. Jordan faces many different situations like racial issues, new kid issues, and new school issues. Jordan never gives up and decides to keep working hard while he finally finds his place in the middle school. I think this book would be great for middle schools. It can relate to kids, shares many different struggles that most middle schoolers go through.
  aubreysmithh222 | Apr 5, 2024 |
Graphic novel about a kid named Jordan Banks growing up in the Washington Heights district in New York City. He goes to a new school that is a private school full of white students and little to no diversity. Jordan finds himself between two worlds, and ends up getting bullied. He does find new friends and makes the best of his situation.

I really liked this graphic novel! I think graphic novels are a really cool way to get students involved in reading. The message of this book was great and dove into harder topics well. I would use this book for 4th grade and up.
  sagan21 | Apr 5, 2024 |
From ALSC: "A funny, thought-provoking graphic novel that details Jordan Banks' seventh-grade year as one of the few African American kids in an elite suburban school."
  BackstoryBooks | Apr 3, 2024 |
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Don’t let the title fool you. Seventh-grader Jordan Banks may be the new kid at his upper-crust private school, but this remarkably honest and accessible story is not just about being new; it’s unabashedly about race. Example after uncomfortable example hits the mark: casual assumptions about black students’ families and financial status, black students being mistaken for one another, well-intentioned teachers awkwardly stumbling over language, competition over skin tones among the black students themselves. Yet it’s clear that everyone has a burden to bear, from the weird girl to the blond boy who lives in a mansion, and, indeed, Jordan only learns to navigate his new world by not falling back on his own assumptions. Craft’s easy-going art and ingenious use of visual metaphor loosen things up considerably, and excerpts from Jordan’s sketch book provide several funny, poignant, and insightful asides. It helps keep things light and approachable even as Jordan’s parents tussle over the question of what’s best for their son—to follow the world’s harsh rules so he can fit in or try to pave his own difficult road. A few climactic moments of resolution feel a touch too pat, but Craft’s voice rings urgent and empathetic. Speaking up about the unrepresented experience of so many students makes this a necessary book, particularly for this age group. Possibly one of the most important graphic novels of the year.
 

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This is how I feel every single day of my life, like I'm falling without a parachute.
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"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?"

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