Arlington Reads: Jerry Craft
"Get Graphic" with Jerry Craft
Join us for a conversation between author Jerry Craft and Library Division Chief Peter Petruski about Jerry Craft's novel "New Kid," and the newest installment "School Trip."
The conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A and a book signing.
RSVP for an event reminder. Attendance is first-come, first-served until seating capacity is reached.
The event will also be livestreamed and available as a recording for 30 days on Arlington County's Youtube channel; please RSVP to receive the online link.
For more information, contact LibraryPrograms@arlingtonva.us
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About the book
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 neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?
Universal Pictures has acquired film rights to New Kid, with LeBron James’ The Spring Hill Company on board to develop and produce. Craft will be an Executive Producer.
About the author
Jerry Craft is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal winning author of the graphic novel, New Kid. His second graphic novel, Class Act, publishes on October 6, 2020. Craft is also the creator of Mama’s Boyz, an award-winning comic strip which won the African American Literary Award five times. He is a cofounder of the Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts.