PDF â BOOK New Kid By Jerry Craft à JERRY CRAFT

TEXT New Kid By Jerry Craft

PDF â BOOK New Kid By Jerry Craft à JERRY CRAFT à A graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is realSeventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing than drawing cartoons about his life But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams his parents enroll him in a 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 gradeAs he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale A middle grades graphic novel just awarded the Newbery Medal of 2020 the first comics story to ever win that award one school year in the life of would be artist Jordan Banks who lives in Washington Heights on the upper west side of Manhattan but whose parents enroll him in a posh private school in Riverdale in the Bronx Culturally financially these are two very different places and Jordan and some other new students of color encounter some challenges mainly on racial lines in their new school It doesn't seem to be really nasty and it's not black vs white kids or black kids vs white teachers but he and his friends navigate some complicated racial territory as new kids One rich white kid becomes his good friend but a favorite page is one illustrating how Jordan becomes a very different person each neighborhood along the way from Washington Heights to RiverdaleI am reminded of another and complex and layered for an older YA audience book on the subject of racial issues American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang but really there are now many many books to help students explore these issues with friends and adults This one is likable with realistic dialogue

Jerry Craft ✓ New Kid By Jerry Craft READER

Riverdale Academy Day School Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds and not really fitting into either one Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himsel Stunning The first of I hope many graphic novels to be recognized with a Newbery Award and it's absolutely deserving of the honor Well written well drawn poignant and funny I couldn't put it down reading into the wee hours My 11yo has also read it and loved it and next it will go to the 15yo

DOC Ð New Kid By Jerry Craft ✓ Jerry Craft

New Kid By Jerry CraA graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is realSeventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing than drawing cartoons about his life But instead of sending him to the art school of Gaps Sometimes they’re all that I can seeImagine you have a brain that allows you to retain information in compartmentalized slots You have chosen the field of “librarian” so this trait is useful in your day to day work As you read children’s books over the course of a year you categorize each one You note similarities differences and books that don’t strike you as like anything else out there And you continue to keep track year after year building up your knowledge tracking what you’ve seen Now I’ve been in the children’s librarianship business for uite a while Along the way I’ve identified the areas that I really prefer to read Comics for example are great I’m a big time fan Better still comics are seeing a real Renaissance lately Publishers of every stripe are stepping up to the challenge providing graphic literature for the hungry young masses It’s an amazing time to be a comic reader or creator So tell me this All those comics out there All that time All that energy Why is it then that I cannot come up with a single comic out there for kids that stars a contemporary black boy who doesn’t have super powers Oh I can think of the superpowered comics of Miles Morales or the highly charming Sci Fu I can think of comics where the black kid is paired with someone else Lost in NYC or is part of a large group “Cardboard Kingdom” Honestly only one book comes to mind and that’s Yummy The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by Greg Neri and let me tell you even though he’s the title character practically the first thing you learn about Yummy is that he’s dead Do you see then why New Kid is such a rarity Into this gaping void comes a book with a simple fish out of water premise What sets it apart though is how it chooses to realistically deal with all the crap a kid like Jordan Banks has to contend with in his day to day life Blisteringly honest with a respect for young readers that is sadly uncommon Jerry Craft has created something revolutionary An everyday black boy in a comic for kids Middle school is hard Switching schools is hard Now imagine switching to a private middle school where you’re one of the few black kids there Jordan Banks is a seventh grader with a dream He wants to go to art school where he can let his drawings soar Instead he finds himself at hoity toity Riverdale Academy Day School It’s okay and the kids are generally pretty nice with some notable exceptions but Jordan can’t help noticing things Teachers who get the black kids' names mixed up Classmates that get away with murder Privilege privilege privilege The longer he stays the he sees The he sees the he understands And the he understands the better prepared he’s going to be for the real world out thereIt was only a few years ago that I learned the term “microaggression” Basically it means “everyday verbal nonverbal and environmental slights snubs or insults whether intentional or unintentional which communicate hostile derogatory or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership” With that definition in hand New Kid can feel like a cras