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Class Act: New Kid, Book 2

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Eighth-graders navigate race, class in savvy graphic novel.

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

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Divisive content

With the amount of division in our society today, I think the message of "White privilege" in this book is un-needed. This type of message in schools will do nothing but foment division and untrue stereotyping. I was very disappointed.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Middle school can be tough, and this perceptive, heartfelt, and funny graphic novel captures the essence of those turbulent years. The highly diverse cast struggles with issues of race, gender, and class as Drew and his fellow students try to fit in and remain true to themselves. Author-illustrator Jerry Craft has a lot of fun with his characters, but he also has a serious side, especially apparent when Drew, Jordan, and Jordan's father are pulled over by the police. Class Act is the kind book that invites re-reading even as fans look forward to the next installment. Here's hoping the third act is ready soon!

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