Jerry Craft, author and illustrator of the middle school graphic novel “New Kid,” was a special guest at both middle schools this month.
“New Kid” is about a seventh-grader named Jordan Banks who dreams of going to art school, but instead his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school. At his new school, Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. The graphic novel explores his journey as he navigates his new school culture while staying true to himself. Kirkus Reviews has called this novel “an engrossing, humorous, and vitally important graphic novel that should be required reading in every middle school in America.”
During his visits Craft presented to students and ate lunch with Art and Newbery Club members. Students enjoyed having the opportunity to meet him and ask questions.
Craft’s advice to students was, “Look for reasons you can do something instead of reasons that you can’t.”
Click here to learn more about his graphic novel, “New Kid."