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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  452 ratings  ·  106 reviews
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 Craft.

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school o
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Cassie Thomas
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jillian Heise
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.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A pitch perfect look at a life as a minority kid straddling cultures -- his neighborhood, his family and his tony new school environment. I want to hand this out to every kid (and every parent) heading into middle school at the many independent schools in my community. Fun and moving.
An outstanding middle grade graphic novel about not only being the new kid in a new school, but about the ways privilege, bias, and racism -- both overt and subtle -- play out. Jordan attends a wealthy school on financial aid and is one of the few kids of color there; he experiences incredible micro and macro aggressions, and as a light skinned black boy, he sees racism play out in a variety of horrifying ways.

The art in this is fantastic, and Craft imbues so much pop culture in this book in fu
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Besides just being a pitch perfect middle school story of growing up, fitting in, and dealing with bullies, NEW KID is also a perfect book to hand off to any tween (or adult) who struggles to understand the impact of bias and privilege on students and families of color who live and work in predominantly white spaces. Craft smooths this additional layer of social and emotional anxiety into the story in such a seamless way that no reader will leave the page without a new understanding of the "new ...more
Ms. Yingling
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central

Jordan is not thrilled to be going to a private school several neighborhoods away from his home in Washington Heights, New York City, since it means leaving his best friend and having to deal with a whole new social class of peers. Also, if he has to go to a new school, he wishes it were an art school instead, since drawing comics is one of his favorite things to do. He is picked up the first day by his student guide, Liam, who is fairly uncommunicative,
Kelli Gleiner
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable graphic novel, full of smart humor and bite-sized, accessible social commentary for the middle-grade crowd.
Loved the comics within the comics.
This book is so darn clever. A young person of colour has a scholarship for a fancy school and his day to day experiences with micro-aggressions are faithfully documented. It's smart and funny and totally hits the target. We need more books like this - like one for girls as well. I have just the incident for the girls one - a teacher in assembly last week saying "well done boys" to the robotics team - that included a girl.
Katie Reilley
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Necessary graphic novel that deals with the topic of racism in middle school. I'll be curious to hear what my students notice and the conversations that will come because of the reading.
Jake Miller
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really great graphic novel that is approachable to middle schoolers representing a wide variety of reading abilities and knowledge on racial issues. I love how the novel shows multiple examples of students standing up for what is right. Feels fresh and funny while being direct about microaggressions.
Mary Thomas
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG ALL THE STARS! 😭😍 Gift this to every middle school student, teacher, and classroom like YESTERDAY. I loved it so much.
This was great. I really enjoyed it and it brought back tons of memories of middle school and being the "new kid" (which I've been more than once in my life).
Casey Jo
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG! So good!!! Funny as heck, without shying away from the awkwardness of being one of a few Black kids at a private academy. The friendships are heartwarming, and the privilege is acrid. And the artwork by the MC is delightful.

Note: This is a review of an Advance Reader Copy. The comment below references a fat joke that was taken out of the final version. Yay for thoughtful editing!!!
Amanda Shepard (Between-the-Shelves)
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All Jordan Banks wants to do is draw cartoons. But his parents have a different plan for his life. Instead of going to art school, like he wants, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school for seventh grade: the Riverdale Academy Day School. Not only does Jordan have to juggle all his new home and being the new kid, he has to figure out how to balance his life in private school with his life at home.

We received an ARC of this at work, s
Laura Gardner
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ALL THE STARS for this incredible #graphicnovel by @JerryCraft. Belongs in every middle school library in the country!
I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I picked up this book other than that it was racking up starred reviews. Now I know why. On the surface, the book seems like it's about Jordan going to a new school and trying to assimilate, but the book is primarily about race, identity and class. Jordan is black, but his new school is primarily white and very fancy (pink is s
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jordan Banks is a seventh grader starting a new school, not the art school he was hoping for, and also not the one all his neighborhood friends go to. His parents are sending him to a private school known for it’s academic excellence, and he is one of the few kids of color to attend. Jordan has to learn how to find his place, and be true to himself, in both his new school, and with the new dynamic he has with his friends at home.This book tackles many issues, such as racism, bullying, and fittin ...more
Aliza Werner
More than 5 stars!!! This #OwnVoices graphic novel is deeply authentic and richly layered in its themes of friendship, assimilation, identity, and more. This would be fascinating to use in teacher training programs and with current teachers in regard to discussing microaggressions, inherent bias, deficit mindsets, assumptions, power structures, and racial identity. This book is perfection and can’t wait to see more from author Jerry Craft.
Karen McKenna
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Exceptional! The art work, the microaggressions, the freezing sports moments, the "Mean Streets of Uptown" book truth- this story contains so much truth and heart and will stick with me for awhile. This is a must have for middle school shelves!
Jen Petro-Roy
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So good.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic graphic novel! A must read for middle grades fans.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm working to build a diverse library for my 5th grade students. This book would be a great addition!
I liked the message in the end of this graphic novel. It is funny, and I think that kids will enjoy it.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I laughed a lot--so many Black (and general POC!) inside jokes :D
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first graphic novel I've ever read and I loved it. Fun, funny, and important, you'll finish this, put it down, and exclaim "wait a minute, I've learned something :)"
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A masterclass on micro-aggressions and subtlety. In some places it was subtle enough that I'm not 100% sure that some of the more sheltered white kids reading the book will entirely absorb all of the nuances of what is going on. For most of the book though, I thought the author did a magnificent job of both showcasing the sorts of subtle micro-aggressions that many minority kids will be nodding their heads in recognition, while also making a point of calling them out at other places, so that the ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jordan has been doomed to the status of "new kid" when he begins seventh grade at a private school; sure, he has a scholarship and his parents are in love with the academic "prestige" that comes with the fancy school, but this is nothing like the art school he had his heart set on. His commute from Washington Heights into the wealthy, primarily white side of New York only serves to highlight his feelings of being an outsider. With his trusty pencil and comics, along with some good friends, Jorda ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
BEST. BOOK. EVER!!! Well, of course not the actual best, but this was such a feel-good hit for me! I love Jordan and his friends and let me tell you that Mr. Jerry Craft tells an AWESOME story! Consider me his new best fan forever! I enjoyed every moment of this.

It really got across how it must feel for POC to have dumbasses forget your name or think you look like someone else or assume things about you constantly simply bc of the color of your skin. That was super cringey... I have personally
Christina Carter
Please Note: This is a review of an advance reader’s edition | New Kid is scheduled to release February 2019. Thank you to Jerry Craft & HarperCollins Children’s Books for sending New Kid on a #BookExcursion.

Jordan Banks is the new kid at one of the best private schools in the state that offers a wealth of academic and extra-curricular opportunities and experiences for its students and while its prestige is praiseworthy, it is woefully lacking in diversity. Jordan is one of a small number of
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness!

This was fantastic and I could relate to Jordan so much! I too was a black kid that went to a majority white school with super rich and wealthy kids that had everything. Everyday there's so many little micro-aggressions that you're never truly sure how to navigate them. This book captured them so well.

Scenes that hit home:

All the books at the book fair that feature black children having to do with poverty porn.

Teachers getting the names of the only three black kids in the whole s
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel will be a great addition to any middle school classroom! There are parts that are funny, some very relatable for middle schoolers and other parts that will allow themselves to know they’re not alone. Jordan is thrust into a private school by his parents and isn’t thrilled when he wants to go to art school instead. Jordan must deal with differences in race and economic backgrounds all while trying to navigate middle school. I appreciate that Craft did not “sugar coat” these iss ...more
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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 ha ...more
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