Almost six months ago, illustrator and renowned Black children’s author Jerry Craft received a message stating that some of his Young Adult literature books were being removed from a school library in Katy, Texas. Craft, a Newbery Medal-winning author for his 2019 graphic novel “New Kid,” told NBCBLK that he was “caught off guard” and “felt bad for the kids because I know how much they love ‘New Kid’ and ‘Class Act.’ I know what my school visits do… I felt bad if there was going to be some kids that would not be able to take advantage of that.”
In October, the Katy Independent School District were in headlines for temporarily removing two of Craft’s books that discusses how Black boys experience racism in schools, subsequently postponing his virtual visit. More than 400 parents from Katy signed a petition, which has been removed, asserting that Craft’s visit needed to be canceled. This is not the first time Katy, Texas has been in the news for attempting to suppress the public’s access to books that engage the topic of racism. (The Root : read the entire article here)
New York Times bestselling author Jerry Craft returns with a companion book to New Kid, winner of the 2020 Newbery Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Kirkus Prize. This time, it's Jordan's friend Drew who takes center stage in another laugh-out-loud funny, powerful, and important story about being one of the few kids of color in a prestigious private school.
....run, don't walk, to the nearest nonschool library or to the local bookstore and get whatever it was that they banned. Read whatever they're trying to keep out of your eyes and your brain, because that's exactly what you need to know.” ― Stephen King