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New Kid by Jerry Craft
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New Kid (edition 2019)

by Jerry Craft (Author)

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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Title:New Kid
Authors:Jerry Craft (Author)
Info:Quill Tree Books (2019), 256 pages
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Newbery Medal (2020)
Coretta Scott King Award (2020)
  LizzieSanders | Apr 28, 2024 |
This book is great for 4th graders and up. Its an awesome book about a kid who faces struggles as he goes to a new school. He faces challenges like bullies but he also makes friends. It has awesome illustrations and I would definitely have this book in my future classroom
  amills21 | Apr 24, 2024 |
This graphic novel is one of two in this series. It illustrates Jordans life being one of the only middle school student of color. It goes through his struggles and the highs and lows of friendship. I would recommend this book to 3rd grade and up as a partner read book. I can see this book building students reading skills and this book teaching students about the art of graphic novels.
  millerk22 | Apr 19, 2024 |
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)
  LelandWarnack | 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 |
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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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Callahan, JimColoristsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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To the Jordan Banks in all of us
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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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