Parents' Guide to

New Kid, Book 1

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Funny, heartfelt middle school tale explores race, class.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 9+


This book is such a great representation of what is going on in our world today. The racial streotyping in this novel is sadly true, and makes me hopeful for imporvement. The plot for this book is interesting and is simple enough for kids to understand. The reason you kids might be older when they read it is because of the deep message it sends.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 10+

Good story with a lot to reflect on

Superbly written to portray what it may be like to be a cultural minority starting in a new school.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (10):

The move to middle school confuses many students and has inspired many comics, but this funny and heartfelt graphic novel covers new territory. Throughout New Kid, seventh-grader Jordan Banks proves to be a sensitive and likable protagonist, eager for friendship but unsure how to fit in a school culture that deals awkwardly with issues of race and class.

Author-illustrator Jerry Craft has a vibrant, exuberant style that distinguishes each character and captures the mood of each scene. Middle-schoolers will enjoy the sometimes goofy humor and identify with a good-hearted main character struggling to define himself in a new environment.

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