Jordan is disappointed to start a new school. Instead of the art school he wanted to go to, his parents are making him go to Riverdale Academy Day School - the best school in town. Jordan’s new school is very different: he doesn't know his way around, the kids all dress differently, and the biggest difference of all is that nearly everyone at his new school is white, which isn’t really a problem except that Jordan keeps experiencing microaggressions and some more direct racial bullying which the teachers tend to ignore. How will Jordan navigate life at his new school while remaining true to himself?
New Kid, winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award, is an engaging, quickly paced graphic novel with an important message about friendship, racism, and being true to yourself. Fans of graphic novels like Raina Telgemeier’s Sister series, Cece Bell’s El Deafo, and Shannon Hale’s Real Friends, would enjoy this award winning book. Appropriate for ages 9+.