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I taught New Kid and its sequel Class Act to my Year 6 students this past Autumn term. All of my students loved it - so much so that they begged to follow up with Class Act as soon as we finished New Kid. Our school has diversity among staff members but not among students, and this gave them both insight and empathy into what it's like to feel singled out among your peers for your appearance alone. We also appreciated Jerry Craft's biography and FAQ on his website in which he details how New Kid is semi-autobiographical based on his experiences both as a student and as a parent of students in a predominantly white school. Highly recommend.
I bought this for my son as I wanted to address the subject racism and take the first steps to encourage him to be anti-racist. We are half way through and he’s really enjoying it, so much so that he asked if we could read it the moment he woke up this morning! Thank you so much for creating a story that addresses such an important topic in such a beautiful way.
my children all enjoyed this as did I. It brings something fresh to a crowded field (US kid starts high school), and the characters are all three dimensional. The narrator is very likable and engaging. And funny!