New Kid and Class Act: The Box Set by Jerry Craft Published:8 Jul 2021
From critically acclaimed author-illustrator Jerry Craft comes a special box set that includes New Kid, winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize, and its companion, Class Act, both #1 New York Times bestsellers! In New Kid, seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to his dream art school, his parents enrol him in the prestigious Riverdale Academy Day School, where there are few kids of colour. As Jordan makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale school, he 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 neighbourhood friends and staying true to himself? In Class Act, newly minted eighth grader Drew Ellis takes centre stage. Drew is no stranger to the saying "You have to work twice as hard to be just as good." But what if he works ten times as hard and still isn't afforded the same opportunities as his privileged RAD classmates? To make matters worse, Drew is trying not to withdraw from his buddy Liam, who might be one of those privileged kids. And their mutual friend, Jordan, doesn't know how to keep the group together.
Will Drew ever find a way to bridge the divide so they can all truly accept each other? Moreover, will he ever be able to accept himself?
This box set of two bestselling graphic novels makes an excellent gift!