New Kid

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Written by Jerry Craft

Publisher’s Summary:
Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon 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 friends and staying true to himself?

Primary Source Pairing:
A graphic novel is filled with images to help the reader visualize the action of the story. New Kid is no exception, and page one invites readers to go along with Jordan as he navigates a new school. Add another element for a full multi-modal experience – the audiobook presented by a full cast. Learn more about the actors who read the characters here. Encourage students to reflect on their reading experiences when they are reading, listening, or reading AND listening to the book. How does their reading experience feel in each of these modes?

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you hear.
  • What do you notice first?
  • Are any words unfamiliar to you?
  • Do you notice any background noises?
  • What other details do you hear?
  • As you listen, do you visualize the action of the story?
  • If you follow along in the book, how do you feel your reading experience is impacted when you are also listening to the audio?
  • Does the audio help you visualize the story in a new way?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
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