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I try to buy books that provide my son with some diverse characters, and circumstances different than his own. This book and the other series are really well done. Engaging, and raise some important issues in a way he finds interesting. He was 9 when he read book 1, and just turned 10 when we got boom 2. He had re-read each multiple times.
This is the follow up book to Craft's "New Kid". This story centers around Drew, whose Grandmother has always told him that he will have to work "twice as hard to be half as good". He goes to the privledged school of Riverdale Academy, but he isn't privledged himself. He attends the academy on an academic scholarship and isn't sure how he fits in among his peers.
He is invited to his friend Liam's house for the day and finds out how wealthy his friend really is. This puts a strain on their friendship and their mutual friend Jordan tries to figure out a way to bring them back together.
My daughter and I have been really enjoying reading this middle grade graphic novels together. We enjoyed "New Kids" quite a bit, so when we discovered this book on an outing the other day, we had to have it. IT was just as good as Craft's first novel. It has a nice message, some good humor, and some good talking points. I hope he continues to write more, because we are now fans.
My son is 12 and not an avid reader. In fact, he hates reading. Sadly, his school library does not have any books with African American illustrated characters. I wanted to find something relatable for him. I also wanted to find a book he would read to help with his Accelerated Reader points. He read this fast and shared it with a classmate when he was done. I have since purchased all books by this author and he read them all! Highly recommended!