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Class Act (2020)

by Jerry Craft

Series: New Kid (2)

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New York Times bestselling author Jerry Craft returns with a companion book to New Kid, winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Kirkus Prize. The audiobook was a 2020 Audie Awards Finalist for Middle Grade and named an Audible Best Audiobook of the Year. This time, it's Jordan's friend Drew who takes center stage in another laugh-out-loud funny, powerful, and important story about being one of the few kids of color in a prestigious private school. Eighth grader Drew Ellis is no stranger to the saying "You have to work twice as hard to be just as good." His grandmother has reminded him his entire life. But what if he works ten times as hard and still isn't afforded the same opportunities that his privileged classmates at the Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted? To make matters worse, Drew begins to feel as if his good friend Liam might be one of those privileged kids. He wants to pretend like everything is fine, but it's hard not to withdraw, and even their mutual friend Jordan doesn't know how to keep the group together. As the pressures mount, will Drew find a way to bridge the divide so he and his friends can truly accept each other? And most important, will he finally be able to accept himself? This original full-cast audio adaptation of the graphic novel is performed by Jesus Del Orden, Nile Bullock, Guy Lockard, Robin Miles, Peyton Lusk, Marc Thompson, Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner, January LaVoy, Phoebe Strole, Jordan Cobb, Ron Butler, A.J Beckles, Miles J. Harvey, Kim Mai Guest, Kyla Garcia, and Soneela Nankani. New Kid, the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Medal, is now joined by Jerry Craft's powerful Class Act.… (more)
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I wish I liked this more than I did -- it's got the same solid bones as New Kid, and in a lot of ways, I think that's the problem -- it's just a little too similar. Drew is constantly referring back to the events of the previous year, and while there are some important new adventures -- Andy dyeing himself green, for instance, and you get a little more insight into Drew's background, it just feels like he never quite trusts us enough to be himself in the book. Maybe that's the point? But New Kid rang truer to me. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
This book is the sequel to New. Kid by Jerry Craft, and reveals more about the side character's lives, Drew and Liam. They and their friend Jordan wrestle with learning how to be friends even with having different home lives. This book does a really cool job at showing what life can be like for different kids, and shows readers that just because you are different than someone doesn't mean you can't be friends with them. This book is appropriate for middle level readers. ( )
  AlexBledsoe20 | Apr 8, 2022 |
Jerry Craft's follow up to New Kid, Class Act, is a creative and humorous graphic novel that follows the point of view of Drew alongside his friends and fellow classmates who attend Riverdale Academy (RAD). The illustrations are colorful and creative, Craft doing well to represent emotions. Examples of this creativity include the troubled expressions from Drew and his friends whenever they are faced with various school troubles. This includes being bullied, being misrepresented, and disrespected by fellow classmates and even school faculty! The scene that truly illustrated the anxious fear and injustice of racism was the scene where Jordan's father is pulled over. He instructs his sons and friend, Drew, to be mindful and not suddenly move only to later breathe a sigh of relief when the situation passes. I felt that same fear, anxiety and relief. This graphic novel truly depicts the worries of youth as they learn acceptance, identity, and respect as they traverse this conflicting world. ( )
  DeisyValle | Dec 6, 2021 |
A sequel to New Kid although this one focuses more on Drew than Jordan.

The focus here is very much on race and socioeconomics, it’s the book’s greatest asset that it may start conversations and/or get readers to look at their own behavior.

The flipside of the book and Drew dwelling so much on such important subject matter is that to some degree like the pop culture this graphic novel ridicules there maybe could have been a few more scenes of joy and fun sprinkled throughout. ( )
  SJGirl | Sep 18, 2021 |
children's middlegrade graphic novel (companion/sequel to New Kid; humor) - Drew and his friends return to 8th grade at a mostly-white and affluent school in the Bronx. ( )
  reader1009 | Aug 12, 2021 |
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New York Times bestselling author Jerry Craft returns with a companion book to New Kid, winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Kirkus Prize. The audiobook was a 2020 Audie Awards Finalist for Middle Grade and named an Audible Best Audiobook of the Year. This time, it's Jordan's friend Drew who takes center stage in another laugh-out-loud funny, powerful, and important story about being one of the few kids of color in a prestigious private school. Eighth grader Drew Ellis is no stranger to the saying "You have to work twice as hard to be just as good." His grandmother has reminded him his entire life. But what if he works ten times as hard and still isn't afforded the same opportunities that his privileged classmates at the Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted? To make matters worse, Drew begins to feel as if his good friend Liam might be one of those privileged kids. He wants to pretend like everything is fine, but it's hard not to withdraw, and even their mutual friend Jordan doesn't know how to keep the group together. As the pressures mount, will Drew find a way to bridge the divide so he and his friends can truly accept each other? And most important, will he finally be able to accept himself? This original full-cast audio adaptation of the graphic novel is performed by Jesus Del Orden, Nile Bullock, Guy Lockard, Robin Miles, Peyton Lusk, Marc Thompson, Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner, January LaVoy, Phoebe Strole, Jordan Cobb, Ron Butler, A.J Beckles, Miles J. Harvey, Kim Mai Guest, Kyla Garcia, and Soneela Nankani. New Kid, the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Medal, is now joined by Jerry Craft's powerful Class Act.

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