New Kid

New Kid

A graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real.

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?

Title:New Kid
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062691200
Format Type:

    New Kid Reviews

  • Betsy

    Gaps. Sometimes they’re all that I can see.Imagine you have a brain that allows you to retain information in compartmentalized slots. You have chosen the field of “librarian” so this trait is us...

  • Cristina Monica

    Not the most realistic story - or endearing one - but I was captivated by the art and the humour was different, in a good way! It's a story worth telling, and Jordan Banks worth knowing, I only wish t...

  • Amber K.

    This is a must have in all upper elementary and above classrooms. This book is packed with bias and micro aggressions that are important for kids to read and understand -especially kids that live in a...

  • David Schaafsma

    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 Washingt...

  • Scott

    "I wish I was Batman. Not just for the cool reasons. I could fit in anywhere! One minute he's at a board meeting [as Bruce Wayne]. And the next, he's in the most dangerous part of town. Completely fea...

  • Calista

    This book was a joy to read. I looked forward to it. A kid from an inner city school longs to go to art school, but his parents want him to have opportunities and they send him to a prep school that's...

  • Jessica

    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 ...

  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    Jordan is the new kid in seventh grade. And he's not going to art school like he wanted—he's going to a fancy new private school where he's one of a handful of students of color. He's not sure if he...

  • Cassie Thomas

    This is going to be THE most talked about graphic novel in the new year. This is a story that needs to be read and then talked about. Every single chapter had me shaking my head yes. Swipe right to se...

  • Jenna Friebel

    2020 Newbery winner, my committee year!...