Summary: 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?
Mrs. Lopez's Take: This is a great book that explores some heavy subjects but in a funny, light-hearted way. Jordan's journey through his first year in middle school is an experience that many kids can relate to. This book explores the idea of identity and how your identity can be disrespected, misunderstood, and also, appreciated. I recommend this graphic novel to everyone!
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