I got this ARC from a Goodreads giveaway, and I genuinely couldn’t wait to read it. Once I started, I couldn’t stop! I powered through this graphic novel in an afternoon, and was ready to read more!
Jordan is the new kid in school. Not just any school, though, an expensive private school. Most of the population of the school is white, but Jordan is African American. He’s interested in art, video games, and other stuff that 7th graders like. But he’s aware that his school isn’t diverse, and some people there don’t treat him (or the other kids of color) appropriately.
There is a lot of using the wrong name, not just for Jordan, but for one of his best friends, Drew. Even one of the teachers is mistaken for a different teacher, even though he’s been at the school for fourteen years! Also, everyone looks at Jordan and Drew when financial aid comes up.
New Kid follows Jordan through his first year at this new school, and the challenges he faces. His teachers misunderstanding him, peers being genuinely cruddy to him because of his skin tone and height, and his parents not agreeing on how his life should go. It’s an incredibly well written graphic novel, and the art is fantastic as well. Since Jordan loves to draw so much, readers will sometimes have things explained to them by Jordan, in the form of a page splash with just his art in it.
Altogether, I really loved this book. Craft has made an awesome GN that is perfect for all middle grade readers. New Kid comes out on February 5, 2019 and you can preorder your copy now!
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