Class Act Craft Jerry
About this item
- SEASONED AUTHOR-ILLUSTRATOR: In addition to the bestselling New Kid, Jerry has written and/or illustrated more than a dozen books for children. His work commonly portrays kids of colors in a positive light. His comics have appeared in Ebony magazine, the Village Voice, the New York Daily News, Jewish Week, and more. He is a co-founder of the Schomburg's Annual Black Comic Book Festival, which is one of the largest of its kind.
- HOT TOPICS WITH HUMOR: Jerry’s specialty is using humor to sneak in some hard-hitting truths. Class Act highlights prejudices and microaggressions that can happen in middle school, but the tone is often lighthearted. Biases never stop Drew or Jordan from laughing with their friends and sharing awkward but relatable moments with their families.
- COLORISM AND CLASS COME TO PLAY: Class Act will lead to important conversations about colorism and class. The difference in social class between Drew and Liam especially, at times, appears like a gap too tough to close.
Kirkus Prize winner Jerry Craft follows up the critically acclaimed and Newbery award-winning New Kid, with this poignant and funny full-color companion graphic novel about Jordan’s friend Drew, who has his own struggles at Riverdale Academy Day School. Eighth grader Drew Ellis is no stranger to the saying, “You have to work twice as hard to be just as good.” His grandmother has told him that his entire life. But lately he’s been thinking: Even if he works ten times as hard, he may never get the same opportunities that his privileged classmates at the prestigious Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted. Then, after a visit to his friend Liam’s house, Drew realizes that Liam is one of those privileged kids. He wants to pretend like everything is okay, but even his best friend, Jordan, can tell that something is up. As the pressures build, and he starts to feel more isolated than ever, will Drew find a way to bridge the divide so he and his friends can truly accept each other? And more importantly, will he finally be able to accept himself?