New Kid by Jerry Craft Graphic Novel 250 p. 5 stars
I finally had a chance to read this popular graphic novel that won the Newbery Award in 2020. Jerry Craft did a wonderful job with the illustrations and the story is realistic. The main character, Jordan Banks is being forced to attend a prestigious private school by his parents. Jordan, who loves to draw comics, wants to attend art school instead. His new school is mainly white and wealthy kids and the novel follows Jordan’s struggle to fit in at school and to still remain friends with the kids in his own neighborhood. Jordan and the other kids of color also have to deal with some of the micro-aggressions from classmates and even some of the teachers. Mr. Craft deals with this topic very deftly and with a sense of humor. I enjoyed this read very much and I’m sure the sequel is also very good!