Thursday, April 11, 2019

Graphic Novel Review: The New Kid

New Kid

There's nothing Jordan wants more than being able to go to art school. But instead, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school - known for academic achievement.

Jordan doesn't seem many other students of color at this school. He sticks out. He tries to blend in and go unnoticed, but before long he begins to understand racism exists everywhere - even under good intentions.

My Thoughts: Wow, this graphic novel packs a punch on classicism, privilege, wealth, assumptions, and navigating the halls of junior high. I couldn't put this book down - it lived up to the all Hype. 

I did love how the story took place over one year and how much Jordan grew up in that one year. I loved the artwork interspersed with the story. I loved how he found his friends and how they each had something they didn't want to be judged for either. 

Cover Thoughts: Great
Source: my library

Library Recommendation: A must have book for school and public libraries. This is a book that should be on school summer reading lists and/or curriculum lists and talked about extensively. It's one of those books that everyone should read.


Krystianna said...

Great review! I love graphic novels so I might have to check this one out.
Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

Wendy BooydeGraaff said...

I'm reading this book right now--and I agree, it's a must-have.