Suburban Mosaic

New Kid

By Jerry Craft

Middle School Title

Discussion Questions

New Kid Book Cover
  • How does Jordan cope with being the “new kid?”
  • This book is a graphic novel. Why do you think the author chose this format? What role do the illustrations play in telling the story? 
  • How do micro-aggressions— subtle, indirect comments or behaviors that express prejudice—shape Jordan’s experience of Riverdale Academy?
  • Throughout the year, Jordan gets to know many of his classmates on a deeper level. Did your opinion of Liam, Alex, and Andy change as the story progressed? How?