New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Jerry Craft joins Books on Tap Live to discuss Class Act, the highly anticipated follow-up to his Newbery Medal-winning New Kid. Drawing on experiences from his own childhood, Craft speaks with an authentic voice, tackling topics of race, class and colorism to create an especially relatable, culturally relevant read for our times.
In this companion book, which received a starred review from PW, the focus switches from Jordan to Drew as he begins his second year at a predominantly white, upper-class private school in the Bronx. As one of the few minority students, Drew must not only contend with being a Black kid in a largely white school but also with being darker-skinned, raising a host of issues Jordan never had to confront. Using humor to sneak in some hard-hitting truths, Class Act highlights prejudices and microaggressions that can all too often occur in middle school. With a lighthearted tone Craft deftly deals with tough subjects, and in what is a hallmark of his work, eschews more common tragic narratives, preferring instead to positively portray kids of color in everyday, relatable situations.
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Jerry Craft is a New York Times bestselling author-illustrator who has worked on numerous picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade novels, including the Newbery award-winning graphic novel, New Kid. Jerry is the creator of Mama’s Boyz, an award-winning syndicated comic strip. He has won five African American Literary Awards and is a cofounder of the Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and now lives in Connecticut.
Find him around the web at jerrycraft.com.
Emma Kantor is deputy children’s book editor at Publishers Weekly, co-editor of the Children’s Bookshelf and School & Library Spotlight newsletters, and host of PW KidsCast, a podcast featuring interviews with authors and illustrators.
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