New Kid

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New Kid Set in the Bronx, the graphic novel “New Kid” sets up 7th grader Jordan Banks as the new kid at an elite private school (modeled after Riverdale Country Day, perhaps). Jordan is one of the few kids of color and experiences stereotyping, teasing, exclusion and bullying by teachers and students.  He tries to fit in and find friends, but is continually rebuffed and misunderstood.  Teachers and students assume he wants to play sports when what he really likes is art and drawing.  As Jordan navigates the school and looks for a way to fit in, his own pencil “sketches” combine with full-color illustrations that capture his emotions, fears and daily frustrations. Recommended ages 10+.

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