Class Act

Class Act

Graphic Novel - 2020 | First edition.
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New York Times bestselling author Jerry Craft returns with a companion book to New Kid, winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Kirkus Prize. This time, it's Jordan's friend Drew who takes center stage in another laugh-out-loud funny, powerful, and important story about being one of the few kids of color in a prestigious private 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 reminded him his entire life. But what if he works ten times as hard and still isn't afforded the same opportunities that his privileged classmates at the Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted?

To make matters worse, Drew begins to feel as if his good friend Liam might be one of those privileged kids. He wants to pretend like everything is fine, but it's hard not to withdraw, and even their mutual friend Jordan doesn't know how to keep the group together.

As the pressures mount, will Drew find a way to bridge the divide so he and his friends can truly accept each other? And most important, will he finally be able to accept himself?

New Kid, the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Medal, is now joined by Jerry Craft's powerful Class Act.

Publisher: New York, NY : Quill Tree Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062885500
Branch Call Number: Graphic J
Characteristics: 249 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jordan Banks has returned to the elite Riverdale Academy Day School for eighth grade, and although he still doesn’t smell like an eighth-grade boy—much to his dismay—his growth spurt comes in other forms. Unlike New Kid (2019), this sequel offers the perspectives of not just Jordan, but also his ... Read More »

Eighth grader Drew Ellis recognizes that he isn't afforded the same opportunities, no matter how hard he works, that his privileged classmates at the Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted, and to make matters worse, Drew begins to feel as if his good friend Liam might be one of those priv... Read More »

A Black student from the Co-op City section of the Bronx attends a private middle school in wealthier Riverdale in this moving and often funny graphic novel about the convergence of an awkward age (13 to 14) with another awkward age (America’s racial reckoning).

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Mar 23, 2021

This sequel was at least as thought-provoking and engaging as the first.

Mar 16, 2021

Class Act depicts the painful truth about our diverse America in such a humorous way. I enjoyed it, learned new perspectives, and had fun laughing along. Check out the cartoon parody of each chapter opening! I wish more and more books like this will be out on the market.

Feb 09, 2021

Summer is over and it is time to go back to school. Jordan, Drew, and Liam are back together at Riverdale. It is good to be back, but they soon realize that a new school year means new wrinkles to the issues they struggled with in 'New Kid.' This time the focus is on Drew although we still get to enjoy comic pages drawn by Jordan. Included are clever Easter Eggs and punny chapter titles like "Sketch Diary of a Shrimpy Kid," "Teal Friends," and "Invisible M.E." If you loved 'New Kid,' you will also love this second addition to the series. Can we look forward to following them into high school in New Kid #3? I hope so

STPLKidsCauseway Jan 14, 2021

A great graphic novel for Middle Grade kisa who want something realistic.

This books keeps a fast pace with humor and realistic senarios while addressing issues like wealth gaps, bullying, and setting boundaries. The humor in this book is more mature than most middle-grade graphic novels but makes tons of references to other popular graphic novels and popular culture.

Jan 06, 2021

This was my favourite one. I preferred this version way more. I loved the friendship diversity and inclusivity I saw. Yes, Alexandra is slightly quirky, however I love how Jordan, Liam and Drew include him. Jordan is a very empathetic person - even feeling bad for Andy when Andy turns green - literally!

Jan 05, 2021

After being rather blown away by the utter graphic-novel awesomeness that is New Kid by Craft, there was pretty much no way I wasn't going to read this following middle grade novel.

Like its predecessor, this humorous story (with lots of Easter eggs and background jokes and perks!) has a way of pausing to punch you in the gut at times with something other than belly laughs. I cracked up here, *gulped* there, and cringed pretty hard at some of the intensely awkward moments with well-intentioned characters who've got little to no idea how seriously they're putting their foot in it.

Also like the book that comes before it, this story examines the ways that people (especially children/adolescents) of different colors and classes treat each other, weaving it into some of the everyday joys and trials of friendship, family, and growing up. However, I found myself getting emotionally lost at times, not getting the best sense of plot or focus in the story.

Still, the main point comes across by the end, and there's certainly room for another novel if these characters need a revisit. I'd highly recommend reading New Kid first, if you haven't.

FPL_LaurenH Nov 04, 2020

It's not often you can say that a sequel is just as good as the original, but this is one of those times. Jerry Craft masterfully maneuvers through tough topics like racism, microaggressions, income inequality, and family dynamics in an accessible way for young readers. I really enjoyed how popular fiction and popular Black middle grade authors were incorporated throughout the book. I think this will become one of the most important children's books of our time.

ArapahoeTanya Oct 27, 2020

I LOVED this book, maybe even more than the first one. Class Act is told in mostly Drew's perspective with Jordan and Liam still as main characters as well. This graphic novel deals with the timely topic of racism and is a great story of friendship, acceptance, and opening up your eyes to other's worlds. The author, Jerry Craft, adds hidden Easter Eggs throughout the book of other authors and their works. 5/5 stars.

Oct 21, 2020

Chapter headings are parodies mostly of other middle grade/ teen graphic novels, such as "Ghosted", "Sketch Diary of a Shrimpy Kid", "Invisible M.E.", and "Teal Friends".


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Dec 30, 2020

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