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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age 10+

Based on 102 parent reviews

age 5+
i like how he doesnt take the people who say racist things seriously. And how he has to play soccer because it was either him playing soccer or do a little funny musical about george washington or something. I also liked how he draws everything that he feels inside of his sketchbook. I appriceated that Drew was by Jordans side the whole time when Andy was picking on jordan. Nothing could've been better about this book because this book is perfect just the way it is. I learned that some people are bad and that some other people are good. An example of a bad person is Andy because he once called a kid an oreo on the first or second day off school. And also, Ms slate always tried to get either Jordan or Drew OR Liam in trouble. Drew pushed Andy because he was being racist again towards Jordan.
age 7+

new person

Something I like about "new kid" is that it shows that you can be yourself and you don't have to change. One character I admire is jordan because he went through so much change but he did not change. Something I would change about "new kid" is that jordan could stand up for him self more.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (102 ):
Kids say (9 ):

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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