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Publisher's Summary

2020 Audie Awards® Finalist - Middle Grade

Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature, and an Audie Award finalist!

An original full-cast audio adaptation of the graphic novel from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft, performed by the author with Jesus Del Orden, Nile Bullock, Robin Miles, Guy Lockard, Peyton Lusk, Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner, Phoebe Strole, Marc Thompson, Miles Harvey, and Ron Butler.

Named an Audible Best Audiobook of the Year!

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang, New Kid is a timely, honest novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real.

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?

Filled with sound effects and original music, this audio adventure is one the whole family will enjoy.

A selection of the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List.

Plus don't miss Jerry Craft's Class Act!

©2019 Jerry Craft (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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The best little story for your whole family

This is book is totally entertaining and engaging for all ages. You can have your kids listen in.

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Awesome, fun, funny

What a great experience listening to this audio book. Poignant and timeless. Jerry Craft is masterful.

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Loved it

Me and my 11 year old son thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. This was my first selection to listen together on his way to school as a way to encourage him to read more.

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BEST BOOK EVER BOIZ

OK LET US FACE IT THIS IS A GREAT BOOK AND WHOEVER RATES IT BADLY IS AN IDIOT AND A FREAK!

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Great read

was a great book for my daughter especially since she also joined a new school

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Great story!

I loved this book; the characters, messages, and overall graphics are incredible. Well done, Jerry Craft!

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this is an amazing book, and enjoyed listening 👌

this book was amazing when listened and read. I loved it and certainly cannot wait for the next book after class act.

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Must listen!!!

Amazing cast.
Would be great for a classroom listen aloud book!
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Entertaining while tackling several social issues of being different and fitting in, not giving up, speaking up, compassion, and just growing up.
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Fun fun fun!

My 7yr old and I loved this! I thoroughly enjoyed the lessons learned and the realness of the story. I could relate. I’m also a fan of the wisdom from our older loved ones. So the grandfathers parts were favorites of mine. I recommend this book. It was short but refreshing!!

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Great audio version of this book!

Having the full cast of characters for this book really made it come to life! The animation of each character was well spoken and timed perfectly, Transitions were also spot on, I highly recommend!

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amazing

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  • 08-16-19

Awesome audiobook!

Highly recommended! I've sent the author a tweet saying that it changed my university/academic life!