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Jordan Banks takes readers down the rabbit hole and into his mostly white prep school in this heartbreakingly accurate middle-grade tale of race, class, microaggressions, and the quest for self-identity. All Rights Reserved. She can’t glance at a page and immediately engage with the story the way she can when I’m reading a graphic novel. Jerry Craft shares school experience and love of drawing with main character in ‘New Kid’ ... Jordan Banks, is a lot like his sons and himself as a boy. The librarian’s attempts at connection are perfunctory and superficial. Like anyone who has ever moved to a new town or school, it makes sense to be nervous entering unfamiliar territory. From their perspective, the vacant emoji smiles make the faces look clueless. ©2020 The Triangle. Characters are black by default; those few white people in Ghost’s world are described as such. by Alan Gratz. Our jaws clench tighter and tighter as we hear the wrong names in the hallways, classrooms, and fields. Jason Reynolds Do they not eventually peek at your page, hover, and pick up the book when you put it down? She’s drawn with a downcast expression as she hunches over Jordan’s sketchbook, almost appearing to look inward. The Kirkus Prize: Spotlight on Finalists in Young Readers Literature (Picture Books and Middle Grade Books), Dispatch from the 2019 Kirkus Prize Ceremony, Our Editor-in-Chief Surveys the Best of 2019 and Picks Some Favorites. What I didn’t anticipate, however, was how reading this graphic novel to myself, on the couch next to my 2nd grade child, would spontaneously spark conversations about racial bias, stereotyping, and microaggressions. illustrated by She thinks she’s being kind, helpful even, taking the time to match kids with books. Of course the benefits of reading aloud to children are well known. Sharing stories means we wonder together, ask questions, and form a common language that we can use to talk about life outside the story.

An endearing protagonist runs the first, fast leg of Reynolds' promising relay. illustrated by Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. Jerry Craft, by

The glowing reviews for New Kid have frequently discusses how Jordan and other Black and kids of color are treated at his new school. His dad’s been in jail three years now, but Ghost still feels the trauma, which is probably at the root of the many “altercations” he gets into at middle school. ; He is self-focused enough that secondary characters initially feel one-dimensional, Coach in particular, but as he gets to know them better, so do readers, in a way that unfolds naturally and pleasingly. ‧ twelve-year-old Jordan Banks, an African American boy from Washington Heights and new kid at the uber -privileged, prep school Riverdale Academy.
Each initially leaves by boat, struggles between visibility and invisibility, copes with repeated obstacles and heart-wrenching loss, and gains resilience in the process. Have you ever read a graphic novel in the vicinity of a young reader? Jerry Craft Retrieve credentials. “New Kid” by Jerry Craft hit the shelves last Feb., yet the buzz about this graphic novel has yet to die down. Ghost’s narration is candid and colloquial, reminiscent of such original voices as Bud Caldwell and Joey Pigza; his level of self-understanding is both believably childlike and disarming in its perception. Just a few pages after the library scene, those same smiley emojis surround Ashley, who has just secretly gifted some questionable items to Drew: a Black Santa cookie, a gift card to KFC, and basketball shaped cookies.

RELEASE DATE: Feb. 5, 2019.

Instead of sending Jordan Banks 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 grade. CHILDREN'S SOCIAL THEMES, by

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; Craft mentions that the story was influenced by his own experiences growing up. Since Drew and Jordan come from similar areas and are both new to the school, the two quickly develop a bond. This time I’m the one thinking aloud, “Why is she mad at him? But all characters in the story, and even us readers, are susceptible to using stereotypes to make assumptions about others. All rights are reserved, except where otherwise noted. This graphic novel is full of funny moments that are relatable and teach kids that it is okay to stand up for yourself, especially if you are being treated unfairly. But we turned the page to discover that, in this case, Ashley used what she had learned about Drew as an individual to decide on gifts she knew he’d like. But when he saw their disappointed faces, he knew he had to "do better," he said.

We talked more about how Jordan and Drew might’ve felt when they were given those books and why. I predicted that this would be a turning point in the story—that the next page would finally reveal a remorseful and reflective teacher.

When his soccer coach explains to him, “I know you can run fast” and then quickly apologizes or when another white student asks him outright “What are you anyway?”, Jordan is confused and unsure of how to respond when those types of statements are made. 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. Trouble signing in?

Categories: I had heard on a podcast that Craft uses inventive graphic novel devices to tell a story about middle schooler Jordan Banks transferring to a prestigious private school where he is one of the few students of color. Categories: Three countries, three time periods, three brave protagonists. Last year, I picked up Jerry Craft’s New Kid from the library. Then, to make matters worse, it begins to rain.


; CHILDREN'S ACTION & ADVENTURE FICTION | Jordan Banks (born May 17, 1968) is a Canadian businessman, currently serving as President of Rogers Media.Prior to this, he served as Facebook's Global Head of Vertical Strategy, as well as, the Managing Director of Facebook Canada. Mahmoud eventually concludes that visibility is best: “See us….Hear us. Riverdale Academy Day School, located at the opposite end of Manhattan, is a world away, and Jordan finds himself a stranger in a foreign land, where pink clothing is called salmon, white administrators mistake a veteran African-American teacher for the football coach, and white classmates ape African-American Vernacular English to make themselves sound cool.



When one teacher finds and reads Jordan’s private sketchbook, she discovers that he views her casual errors with his name as an indication that he is “insignificant.”. Last year, I picked up Jerry Craft’s New Kid from the library. The Triangle is an independent student organization and is not owned nor operated by Drexel University. “Where are more books with a half-Indian, half-white girl talking about funny things from her everyday life?” And, she wondered, “Why aren’t there more books where a white kid moves to another country where he’s the one who looks different, where he’s the new kid and has to fit in?”, Jordan’s teachers repeatedly confuse the names of the few Black kids at the school. As Patrick Gall wrote in his Horn Book review , “Jordan’s father is less comfortable with immersing his son in a predominantly white school and worries about RAD’s lack of diversity. But she actually responds with disappointment in Jordan’s “anger.” She sees his voice and artwork as a threat against her and the school, despite the nuance embedded in his observation.

His three fellow “newbies” on the Defenders await their turns to star in subsequent series outings. CHILDREN'S SOCIAL THEMES | Craft has a way of including themes of racism, racial identity, adolescence and humor with a side of brevity, that is perfect for his target audience. He’s drawn outside the panels and frames on that page, outside of what’s real, and my daughter immediately noticed that the picture was somehow “wrong.” When I asked what it could have to do with the teacher’s accusations of anger, we were able to dive deeper into the complex power dynamics at play in this scene. ; Jordan, the narrator of New Kid, bonds with Drew, a fellow student of color at his new and mostly white private school. with

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