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Class Act Hardcover – Illustrated, October 6, 2020
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“Craft makes the story honest and believable and presents it as a powerful, if difficult to achieve, real-world possibility. Another work of resounding understanding and empathy.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Lightning strikes twice as Craft again produces a funny and appealing yet sensitive and nuanced middle grade tale of inequity and microaggressions.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Hilarious and heartfelt. Craft adeptly balances poignant questions…with laugh-out-loud moments of adolescence, making Class Act a substantial snapshot of the interior life of boys, especially Black boys who are too often not afforded such attention, love, and care.” (The Horn Book (starred review))
"Craft approaches Drew’s—and his devoted friends’—dilemmas with candor and respect. Kids who missed volume one can dive in here and backtrack later; kids already on board will identify episodes and new characters around which they can build hope for a third entry."
(Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review))
“Deftly weaving discussions of race, socioeconomics, colorism, and solidarity into an accessible narrative, Craft offers a charming cast journeying through the complicated landscapes of puberty, self-definition, and changing friendships, all while grappling with the tensions of attending an institution that structurally and culturally neglects students of color.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“A warm hug of a book…Class Act’s modeling of thoughtful communication and its celebration of friendship are appealing and heartfelt. Craft’s expressive characters, strong command of vibrant color and hits of visual humor—including references to popular books in the double-page spreads that open each chapter—are downright delightful.” (BookPage)
- Grade Level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 1.55 pounds
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062885517
- ISBN-10 : 0062885510
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.93 x 9 inches
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Publisher : Quill Tree Books; Illustrated edition (October 6, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Craft gives some of the characters from the first book a little more room to breathe here, and we pick up again with Jordan's story in some threads (complete with Jordan's sketch pages, as seen in the first book), but the focus is on Drew this time. We also learn more about Liam, and other characters. The author/artist catches our eye with these bright pages and large, inviting panels.
Craft has a talent for addressing issues of social justice and identity in very accessible ways through his work, and points to the stereotyping that is so common in our schools and in our society. Class Act continues that insightful commentary and provides many moments for reflection and discussion about our assumptions and biases.
It's also a fun read, which carries the tone from New Kid. In this book, Jerry Craft makes a move that honors comics and graphic novels as we begin each new chapter (and that's all I will say about that, other than it's clever and made me laugh out loud several times).
There's a lot to share, talk about, and enjoy in Class Act, and I know I'll be rereading this book soon. I'm also thrilled to find out there is another entry on the way and I'm looking forward to seeing what Jerry Craft does with this universe as he expands on the stories and provides moments of commentary and wisdom about our world. I'm excited to see these characters grow!