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In this companion book to New Kid this time it’s Jordan’s friend Drew who takes center stage in a 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 an
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Paperback, 249 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Quill Tree Books
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Mike I guess you could technically read it as a standalone, but I'd really recommend reading New Kid first. A lot of the characters are introduced there in…moreI guess you could technically read it as a standalone, but I'd really recommend reading New Kid first. A lot of the characters are introduced there in more detail, so you'll be a bit lost in Class Act especially at the start without that background.(less)

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Rod Brown
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
As with New Kid, Craft does a great job of drawing attention to the everyday racism and microaggressions his characters experience and how they try to process it. But the story is unfocused as it meanders from day to day through the school year, introducing dozens of characters who don't really do much of anything beyond saying hello. By the time things began to happen in the final pages, I was unfortunately too bored and disconnected to feel much of anything.

In New Kid, the chapter breaks paid
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Jessica
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great graphic novel!
Chad
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jordan is back at the rich kids' school he has a scholarship to for 8th grade. This time the book mainly focuses on Jordan's best friend Drew. Drew also is from a poor area of NYC and on scholarship. His issues at school at fitting in at school differ from Jordan's. The story details the issues throughout the school year with a sense of humor and seriousness. If you enjoyed New Kid, you'll certainly enjoy this as well.

Received a review copy from Harper Collins and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my
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Kelly
You don't need to read New Kid to read this one, but you should read it anyway. This was just fabulous and a reminder how much white adults do harm to young people of color, even with the best of intentions. But at the core, it's a story of friendship, fitting in, and finding yourself. ...more
Prabhjot Kaur
Class Act is the second graphic novel in the New Kid series. I liked the first novel but this was not as good. Much like the first novel, this starts off really slow but where the New Kid actually picked up pace from the middle, this lacked pace and plot throughout.

Class Act focuses mostly on Drew, Jordan's friend and I have to say Drew wasn't the best lead. This series focuses on racism, prejudice and how kids of diverse cultures struggle with belonging. Whilst this tackles serious and everyda
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My_Strange_Reading
I really enjoyed this companion/continuation of the New Kid series and I really enjoyed Drew’s story. The pacing of this one wasn’t my favorite, but it still humorously tackled major issues of growing up, racial (in)justice/prejudice, and finding one’s self. These stories are so important, and I hope all middle schoolers and educators take the time to read them.
Wendy
This book is SO GOOD. The art is a delight. Characters are expressively drawn and clearly delineated. The chapter headings are wonderful homages to different graphic novels, and there is a terrific scene where a table full of Black students are introduced--"Angie, Nic, Jason, Renée Kwame..." I didn't catch it at first, until I noticed Kwame's shaved head and realized he was modeled on the author. Then I went back and saw who all of them were!

Wonderful Easter eggs aside, the story is full of humo
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Sharon Phillips
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just as good as the first book, New Kid!!
Jenny Baker
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these characters!
Janssen
Not as good as New Kid, but still delightful and smart.
Gabrielle Stoller
I knew there was going to be big shoes to fill going into Class Act. After all, when your predecessor is a Newbery award winner, how can it not be? Well, while I did prefer New Kid, I think Class Act is an excellent book as well.

We follow many of the same kids from Class Act; they are just one year older. However racial concerns, comments, people trying to not offend.....all of it plays a role. I could identify with characters who overthink what they say in case it comes off racist (and thus by
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Ms. Yingling
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss

Review to come.
Lata
I had a slightly harder time following the story in this book than in book one, but I still liked how author Jerry Craft showed the many ways the adults and fellow students inadvertently, and otherwise, make it difficult for the BIPoC kids to feel welcome at the school. And how it’s sometimes hard to see another person for who they are because of how they look, or where they live, or some other difference.
Kirsten
OFF THE CHARTS! So, so good. I couldn’t love this graphic novel more—thoughtful, sensitive, clever, hilarious, full of goofy puns, perfect illustrations (how does he do both so well?!?) everything! Stop what you’re reading snd read this instead. Right now. Perfect for middle schoolers. And anyone who’d like to read a pitch-perfect graphic novel. BRAVO! Woo hoo! [Cue Confetti!]
Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn
A fantastic sequel to New Kid! It tackles more tough topics with humor and heart. The ending had me grinning with a full heart.

Also, I loved how the chapter title pages were all spoofs of other middle grade graphic novels and books, so freaking funny!
Liz
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just loved so much about this book.
Casey
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Not as good as New Kid but I enjoyed revisiting these characters.
Elizabeth A
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphix, kids-ya, 2020
While still tackling racism, microaggressions, and inequality head on, this middle grade comic was not as crisp as the first book in the series. Sure, there are real issues explored, and this would make for a great discussion primer with kids, but the story itself felt muddled - there wasn't a clear thread, and too many characters show up just to show up. The art is OK, and I appreciated the homage to other creators with each chapter start. I hope there'll be more installments, and that we'll ge ...more
Phoenix (Books with Wings)
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enjoyed
Jerry Craft is a genius at writing. His artwork is amazing, his storytelling is just as good.
The most important thing about this series is the learning aspect. He is able to tell these stories in a way that a lot of people can read very easily and really connect to and they're valuable stories to read. I urge everyone to pick up this series and give it a try - it will only take 30 mins or less to read one and they're must-read books all the way.
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HG
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a very enjoyable graphic novel. The author has a way of using art to portray the character’s emotions well, such as making them really small when they are nervous.
This book did a good job of showing how white people can make it a lot harder for POC to fit in at school. The teachers and the students had good intentions, but ultimately made it harder for Jordan to fit in at RAD.
Darla
Summer is over and it is time to go back to school. Jordan, Drew, and Liam are back together at Riverdale. It is good to be back, but they soon realize that a new school year means new wrinkles to the issues they struggled with in 'New Kid.' This time the focus is on Drew although we still get to enjoy comic pages drawn by Jordan. Included are clever Easter Eggs and punny chapter titles like "Sketch Diary of a Shrimpy Kid," "Teal Friends," and "Invisible M.E." If you loved 'New Kid,' you will al ...more
Colleen Oakes
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As wonderful as New Kid, Class Act delivered just as much commentary on class and race (with more of a focus on class) as New Kid. I love the kids in these book, and I feel that these graphic novels should be required reading for middle grade or high school. I cannot recommend them enough.
Alex  Baugh
Class Act is, quite simply, everything you could want in a sequel. Jordan Banks returns for his second year at the exclusive RAD (Riverdale Academy Day School) along with his friends Drew Ellis and Liam Landers. Though Jordan and Drew are two of the few African Americans at RAD, they are grappling with different issues. Jordan still would rather go to art school, but his mother insists he get an education at RAD, while his dad is a little more understanding. Jordan is also worried about his phys ...more
Victor The Reader
The sequel to “New Kid” has eighth-grader Drew still struggling with school life as well as his friends Liam and Jordan also, and how it will test their bonds with each other. Just as good as it’s predecessor, and a great story about friendship. A- (91%/Excellent)
Shari
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
More New Kid? I'm in! Jordan is in eighth grade now, however, this book gives equal time to Drew. The eighth graders and the faculty at R.A.D. work towards accepting and understanding ethnic differences. I particularly LOVED the salutes to all my favorite middle grades and YA graphic novels. Even some adult books got shout outs. I had such a good time reading this book. ...more
orangerful
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We first met Drew Ellis in Jerry Craft's previous graphic novel "New Kid" - he was one of the friends that Jordan makes during his first year at the prestigious private school in New York. In 'Class Act' we get to learn about Drew's life outside of school and, just like Jordan, there are a lot of layers.

Craft has written another solid story about growing up, friendship, and staying true to yourself, while also touching on topics of race, socioeconomic status, and other tough topics in a way tha
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Shannon
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jordan and his friends are back in this companion graphic novel to Craft’s award winning New Kid. This book focuses on Jordan’s friend, Drew, as he struggles with the day to day prejudices and racism he endures being one of the few kids of color at Riverdale Academy Day School. He feels extra frustrated when their close friend, Liam, doesn’t seem to get how Drew is feeling especially after a visit to Liam’s house where the differences between their two lives are more than apparent, to Drew and J ...more
Kris Patrick
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Big thank you to my dear friend Stephanie who let me read her personal copy first. She even delivered it to my house in the cold rain. I have the best friends!
alisonwonderland (Alison)
It must have been a good book if I finish reading with happy tears in my eyes.

This companion to ‘New Kid’ is excellent. I really love Jordan and Drew and Liam and Alexandra!
Joy Kirr
The only reason I'm not rating this one higher is because I think my kids will blow past all the references they're supposed to get... I even blew past a few. I loved learning about Drew's second year at RAD, and I loved Jordan "maturing." Next time I read this, I'll be reading NEW KID right before it, so I get even more out of it. ...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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