New Kid

New Kid Perfect For Fans Of Raina Telgemeier And Gene Luen Yang, New Kid Is A Timely, Honest Graphic Novel About Starting Over At A New School Where Diversity Is Low And The Struggle To Fit In Is Real, From Award Winning Author Illustrator Jerry CraftSeventh Grader Jordan Banks Loves Nothing 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 GradeAs 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 A New York Times Bestseller Winner Of The Kirkus Prize For Young Readers Literature

Jerry Craft has illustrated and or written nearly three dozen children s books, graphic novels and middle grade novels for publishers such as HarperCollins, Scholastic, Benchmark, Pearson and his own publishing company, Mama s Boyz, Inc His middle grade graphic novel, New Kid, will be released by HarperCollins on February 5, 2019 Jerry has earned recognition from the Junior Library Guild, and

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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • New Kid
  • Jerry Craft
  • English
  • 13 December 2019
  • 9780062691200

10 thoughts on “New Kid

  1. says:

    Gaps Sometimes they re all that I can see.Imagine you have a brain that allows you to retain information in compartmentalized slots You have chosen the field of librarian so this trait is useful in your day to day work As you read children s books over the course of a year, you categorize each one You note similarities, differences, and books that don t strike you as like anything else out there And you continue to keep track year after year, building up your knowledge, tracking what you ve seen Now I ve been in the children s librarianship business for quite a while Along the way, I ve identified the areas that I really prefer to read Comics, for example, are great I m a big time fan Better still, comics are seeing a real Renaissance lately Publishers of every stripe are stepping up to the challenge, providing graphic literature for the hungry young masses It s an amazing time to be a comic reader or creator So tell me this All those comics out there All that time All that energy Why is it, then, that I cannot come up with a single comic out there for kids that stars a contemporary black boy who doesn t have super powers Oh, I can think of the superpowered comics of Miles Morales or the highly charming Sci Fu I can think of comics where the black kid is paired with someone else Lost in NYC or is part of a large group Cardboard Kingdom Honestly only one book comes to mind and that s Yummy The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by Greg Neri and, let me tell you, even though he s the title character, practically the first thing you learn about Yummy is that he s dead Do you see, then, why New Kid is such a rarity Into this gaping void comes a book with a simple fish out of water premise What sets it apart, though, is how it chooses to realistically deal with all the crap a kid like Jordan Banks has to contend with in his day to day life Blisteringly honest with a respect for young readers that is sadly uncommon, Jerry Craft has created something revolutionary An everyday black boy in a comic for kids Middle school is hard Switching schools is hard Now imagine switching to a private middle school where you re one of the few black kids there Jordan Banks is a seventh grader with a dream He wants to go to art school where he can let his drawings soar Instead, he finds himself at hoity toity Riverdale Academy Day School It s okay and the kids are generally pretty nice with some notable exceptions but Jordan can t help noticing things Teachers who get the black kids names mixed up Classmates that get away with murder Privilege privilege privilege The longer he stays, the he sees The he sees, the he understands And the he understands, the better prepared he s going to be for the real world out there.It was only a few years ago that I learned the term microaggression Basically it means, everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership With that definition in hand, New Kid can feel like a crash course in how to make someone feel bad Like a composer of a symphony, Craft gathers together every possible microaggression in his arsenal and weaves them into a comprehensive story To do this, Craft assembles a crack team of awful people You have the well meaning teacher who s threatened by any student of color raising issues with her she calls Jordan s comics a polemic, against everything this school stands for And me You have the white kid that makes everyone s life a misery but never gets called out on it There are teachers that call the other black teachers coach even though they ve known them for years A librarian who only hands the black kids books about struggle and hardship starring other black kids, naturally With great care, Craft filters these people and moments throughout the book, managing to balance the heavy moments with lighter ones Even when the story is serious, though, it manages to lighten the tension with ease The end result is that a kid doesn t feel like they re getting info on the state of the world today, but they are Oh boy howdy, they are.Truth be told, I wouldn t necessarily call this a plot forward comic There s no overarching goal that Jordan s reaching for the whole time Basically, he s trying to survive middle school in the day to day, and we re just surviving there alongside him I was a little surprised, since I assumed Craft was going to make this center on Jordan s struggle with his desire to go to art school Instead, that dream just sorta peters out, though he retains his love of drawing The end result is a book with form but no drive Looking back on it, the climax comes when Jordan stands up to some of those people that have made him feel awful He confronts what s wrong with the system and, if he doesn t dismantle it, he at least takes it down a peg In light of that, I didn t mind so much the book s easygoing plotting Sometimes, though, I did yearn for clarification For example, there s an odd plot point where one of the kids at school is kicked out because he s on financial aid, but the school found out he accompanied another student to Hawaii over break It s a throwaway moment, and maybe things like that happen with real private schools, but I found it a bit confusing and it was never really visited again after the initial discovery And then I started thinking about what I could possibly compare this book to For a lot of kids, comics used to be pure escapism and nothing else What changed On the adult side of the equation you had Maus talking about the Holocaust albeit with mice On the kids side I think of some of the most popular authors of graphic novels for middle grade readers these days Cece Bell, Raina Telgemeier, Jeff Kinney if you count Wimpy Kid , Vera Brosgol, Victoria Jamieson, Shannon Hale, etc What all these folks have in common is their willingness to tell stories about real kids often themselves dealing with real problems What else do they have in common They re all white We know from the We Need Diverse Books movement that a lack of diverse points of view has always been a problem in children s literature, but it seems to have been taken to an extreme case in comics What do I compare this book to Itself And let me tell you, it would be noteworthy, interesting, fun, and thought provoking even if there were hundreds of books out there starring historically marginalized kids More than just the sum of its parts, Craft has created a book with guts, that kids will want to read multiple times Funny, whip smart stuff.For ages 9 and up.

  2. says:

    I wish I was Batman Not just for the cool reasons I could fit in anywhere One minute he s at a board meeting as Bruce Wayne And the next, he s in the most dangerous part of town Completely fearless Unlike me, Batman is always in control of EVERYTHING Jordan Banks, on page 166Witty and plausible graphic novel starring protagonist Jordan Banks, a thirteen year old who is just starting 7th grade as a transfer student hence the title at a private school nicknamed RADS in New York City Banks initially struggles to adapt and fit in, as he is among the small number of minorities on the roster He experience prejudices and stereotyping from both kids and faculty, as well the kind low key bullying verbal than violent that can be common during adolescence.Yet this is not a Stephen King nightmare or a dry Afterschool Special type of story Banks is often able to hash out his various thoughts and frustrations in his drawings and sketches shades of Diary of a Wimpy Kid that periodically appear in the narrative The humor was sharp and effective, but there is a decent amount of sincerity, too Possibly my favorite moment was when Jordan and his friend Drew invite their classmate a girl named Alexandra, who is first depicted as an oddball and a loner partially by choice, for reasons that soon become clear to accompany them on a walk around campus Alexandra, happily surprised at being included in something at last, is subtly depicted by author illustrator Craft as joyfully floating inches above the pavement for the next three pages.Jordan and his companions were likable bunch, and further adventures would be most welcome.

  3. says:

    This is a must have in all upper elementary and above classrooms This book is packed with bias and micro aggressions that are important for kids to read and understand especially kids that live in areas with little to no racial diversity I cannot wait to hand this off to my students and see what they think.

  4. says:

    Jordan is the new kid in seventh grade And he s not going to art school like he wanted he s going to a fancy new private school where he s one of a handful of students of color He s not sure if he s going to fit inbut he s going to try.This was such fun to read Jordan s world view and how he frames things are hilarious and introspective, and his drawings are just the cutest things on the planet I loved that he was able to expand his mind, and even though he still wanted to go to art school and pursue his passion at the end of the novel, he realized that he really was able to enjoy all three of his favorite Chinese foods it s a metaphor, I promise and not just have to stick to only one He could enjoy private school and his private school friends, and he could stay true to his Washington Heights roots.It was also uncomfortable, because it highlights how problematic good intentions can be Jordan faces a thousand and one micro aggressions from his white liberal minded teachers who get so caught up on race that they fail to see the person behind the color and get upset when they are called out on their prejudice.And then there s the massive shout out against kidlit geared towards children of color, particularly black children White kids get fantasy stories of Riordian proportions Black kids Get issue books, filled with gritty urban kids doing gritty things in their gritty lifestyle.How depressing.And how utterly frustrating.In addition to racism both overt and covert there is colorism, as Jordan has light skin and he gets to deal with his richer white classmates teasing him for their darker tans when they return from fancy trips abroad during the various school breaks With that, there s a good deal of classism involved, with the rich students flaunting their wealth and the poor students who are often from marginalized communities save Maury, who gets lumped in with the poor kids because he is black even though his dad runs a Fortune 500 company being targeted for having financial aid and getting penalized for getting too uppity, like going on a vacation that they shouldn t be able to afford if they couldn t pay for the full costs of the school.But like everything else in this graphic novel, there is nuance to the classism Liam, for example, just wants to be an ordinary student Not a legacy Not a rich kid Not pretentious He wants to be judged for himself and not his family s extravagant wealth.Jordan is on financial aid, and able to attend the prestigious school because he s smart and he s forced to go to the school because his mother wants to ensure that he has every advantage he can possibility have to get a leg up in life.And there is Drew, labeled the aggressive black student because he stood up to a racist teacher, even though he made the honor roll each semester and was the starting quarterback.And finally, there is Alexandra, who proves that first impressions and third, and fourth, and fifth really don t tell you everything about a person.If you enjoy Raina Telgemeier or Svetlana Chmakova, this is a definite win.

  5. says:

    This is going to be THE most talked about graphic novel in the new year This is a story that needs to be read and then talked about Every single chapter had me shaking my head yes Swipe right to see just two pages of serious truth that readers and teachers alike need to be reading Out February 2019

  6. says:

    A FANTASTIC middle grade graphic novel A necessary addition for any school classroom library Approaches subtle overt racism in an accessible understandable way for the audience, while not holding back, through the lens of the new kid at school.

  7. says:

    4.5 stars I enjoyed this story of Jordan starting at a new school, where many of the kids come from affluent backgrounds There are very few other brown kids, and Jordan eventually becomes good friends with a couple of the boys, including one from a very different background than his.Jordan experiences racist and classist behaviour from some of his classmates, and from one of his teachers, who comes off as irritatingly thoughtless and racist, all the while blaming Jordan and his friend Drew for taking offence at her poor behaviour.At the same time, author Jerry Craft describes all the discombobulating aspects of a new school, new routines and being a stranger quite nicely I liked his illustrations for their loose, expressive style And the way Jordan changes over his year at this school was also well handled and often humorous.

  8. says:

    I wasn t really planning on picking this up, but I found it as an ebook and graphic novels never take too long to read I really liked that it tackled so many aspects of racism especially getting into specifics given that the protagonist, Jordan, is light skinned you can tell Craft really knows how to write about race and convey than the minimum , mostly for black communities but there were students from other backgrounds.I wasn t a fan of the art it really reminded me of 00s webcomics and looked sloppy at points Also, while this is aimed at a younger audience, the storyline was pretty basic I think it s a good introduction for a complex conversation about racism, but there s a lot out there that does it better.Overall, this was fine, but it didn t blow my mind.

  9. says:

    NEW KID is fun and funny at the same time it portrays serious fitting in at school issues Mega kid appeal

  10. says:

    When you finish a book in one sitting, you know it s good.

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