New Kid

Written and Illustrated by Jerry Craft

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him 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.

As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale 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 himself?

2020 Coretta Scott King Book Awards - Author Winner

Age Range 8 - 12 years
Copyright Year
Page Count
Quill Tree Books
Grade Level 3rd - 7th
Lexile GN320L