New Kid

Jerry Craft (Author)

Product Details

$12.99  $11.95
Quill Tree Books
Publish Date
February 05, 2019
5.9 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Jerry Craft has illustrated and written close to three dozen children's books, including his acclaimed anti-bullying book, "The Offenders: Saving the World While Serving Detention!" In 2014, Jerry illustrated "The Zero Degree Zombie Zone," for Scholastic which earned him recognition from the Junior Library Guild. He is the creator of Mama's Boyz, an award-winning comic strip that was distributed by King Features Syndicate from 1995-zz2013. Jerry has won five African American Literary Awards. He is also a co-founder and co-producer of the Schomburg's Annual Black Comic Book Festival which draws more than 10,000 fans each year. Look for his middle grade graphic novel "New Kid," which will be published by HarperCollins in January 2019. For more info email him at [email protected] or visit


"Funny, sharp, and totally real! Jordan Banks is the kid everyone will be talking about!"--Jeff Kinney, Author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
"Craft's full-color comics art is dynamic and expressive. This school story stands out as a robust, contemporary depiction of a preteen navigating sometimes hostile spaces yet staying true to himself thanks to friends, family, and art."--Horn Book Magazine
β˜…"Possibly one of the most important graphic novels of the year."--Booklist (starred review)
β˜…"An engrossing, humorous, and vitally important graphic novel that should be required reading in every middle school in America."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
β˜…"This is more than a story about being the new kid--it's a complex examination of the micro- and macroaggressions that Jordan endures from classmates and teachers. Highly recommended for all middle grade shelves."--School Library Journal (starred review)
β˜…"This engaging story offers an authentic secondary cast and captures the high jinks of middle schoolers and the tensions that come with being a person of color in a traditionally white space."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Genuine characters propel this funny, warm, biting, fearless story. Entertaining and insightful, it will surely offer affirmation for some readers, revelation for others."--Cooperative Children's Book Center
β˜… "Award-winning author/illustrator Jerry Craft confronts elitism, microaggression, racism, socioeconomic disparity and white privilege in a familiar setting. His preteen audiences will undoubtedly recognize and empathize with Craft's memorable cast."--Shelf Awareness, (starred review)
"New Kid is at once tender and tough, funny and heartbreaking. Hand this to the middle-grade reader in your life right away."--The New York Times Book Review
"An honest and compelling read for any kid looking for a place to belong."--Scholastic Teacher Magazine