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Class Act, the follow up to New Kid will be published in October. AALBC will be the first to reveal Class Act’s, cover on February 7, 2020 at noon.

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang, New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft.

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?

New Kid is the Most Critically Acclaimed Graphic Novel of 2019

  • Winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal
  • Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Author Award
  • New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature
  • Finalist for Audie Award — Middle Grade Book of the Year
  • San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • Indie Bestseller for Early & Middle Grade Readers
  • One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Middle Grade Books of 2019
  • New England Independent Booksellers Association Best Children’s Book of 2019
  • New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association 2019 Book of the Year for Middle Readers
  • Top 10 Spring 2019 Indie Next List Pick
  • Amazon Best Book of the Month, Ages 9–12
  • 2019 Harvey Award for Best Children’s Book Nominee
  • One of Booklist’s 2019 Top 10 Diverse Fiction for Youth
  • One of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Children’s Books, Spring 2019
  • #1 Indie Comics & Graphic Works Bestseller
  • One of the Best Graphic Novels of 2019 — School Library Journal
  • One of the 5 Best Fiction Books of 2019 — Washington Post
  • One of the Best Graphic Novels of 2019 — Washington Post
  • 2020 Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children — Honor Book
  • One of the Best Books of the Year — Time.com
  • Best Books of 2019 — New York Public Library
  • Best Fiction for Older Readers of 2019 — Chicago Public Library
  • 25 Best Children’s Books of 2019 — New York Times
  • Best Multicultural Children’s Books of 2019 — Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature
  • The Best New Gift Books for Kids — People



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