New kid Jordan Banks finds himself a stranger in a strange land at Riverdale Academy Day School, a world away from his diverse neighborhood. Jordan's a gifted artist, and his drawings blend with the narrative to give readers a full sense of his two worlds and his methods of coping with existing in between. Author Jerry Craft skillfully employs the graphic-novel format to its full advantage, giving his readers a delightful and authentic cast of characters who, along with New York itself, pop off the page.
Shrinking Jordan to ant-sized proportions upon his entering the school cafeteria, for instance, transforms the lunchroom into a grotesque Wonderland in which his lack of social standing becomes visually arresting and viscerally uncomfortable. An engrossing, humorous, and vitally important graphic novel. Winner of the 2020 John Newbery Medal and the 2020 Coretta Scott King Author Award.
This is the only meeting for this title; we will discuss the entire graphic novel.
New Kid is available in print, e-book, CD audiobook, downloadable e-audiobook and streaming e-audiobook.
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