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School Trip

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This book is just as good as the rest of the series! Loved to see our fave characters in a new setting. Love how engaging the characters and settings are for kids!

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I loved New Kid and my students loved it too, so I was excited to read School Trip. It is always nice to have a book for middle grades about travel. I feel the younger generations seem to lose the urge to see the world, since the views of the world are so readily available in their phones. As always with Jerry Craft themes and lessons were prevalient throughout and I loved the representation of the librarian. It will go over well with students, but the messages about artists not doing well in life were a bit old fashioned. The social media artists of today can make really good money selling their art. I would buy for the classroom, because kids would read it and need to see themselves as the hero no matter what they look like.

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As a middle school teacher of color who absolutely loved Jerry Craft's previous book, "New Kid," I was eagerly anticipating the release of his new book, "School Trip." Craft's ability to create well-developed characters and tackle important themes in a relatable and engaging way had me stoked for this new installment. And I must say, "School Trip" did not disappoint!

What I loved most about "School Trip" is how Craft seamlessly weaves together humor, warmth, and real character growth. The graphic novel format allows for a quick and immersive reading experience, and Craft's expressive artwork brings the story to life. The inclusion of black and white graphics for Jordan's life lessons adds depth and reflection to the narrative.

Moreover, Craft tackles important themes of racism and micro-aggressions, showcasing the impact of these issues on Jordan and his friends. The book explores inequalities and misconceptions in a thought-provoking way, highlighting the need for empathy, understanding, and growth. Craft's commitment to positive representation of African American children is evident throughout the story, making it an empowering and inspiring read for young readers.

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This series is such a hit in my classroom! Jerry Craft provides mirrors for students with similar experiences and windows for students with different ones. A great opportunity for discussion with kids.

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This was the first book by Craft that I enjoyed and I have since gone back and read all the related titles (New Kid series). I loved the story and feel that so many patrons will relate to the struggles in the book of the various characters. A great job capturing actual kids' voices and narratives.

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I love this series and this entry didn't disappoint. A good readalike with Dan Santat's recent award winning book about his middle school foreign travel.

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This is a super fun addition to the series. It was fun to see how all the characters react in an unfamiliar environment. Cool to see Jordan be an artist inspired by Paris.

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My kids love this author/this series, and this addition doesn't disappoint.

ARC via NetGalley, but the opinions are my own.

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This is a long overdue review of another fantastic Jerry Craft title. I love how current this book is- kids need to know about book banning. Also, kids love a travel book, and with this being the sequel to New Kid, I'll probably add it to our graphic novel line up next school year.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the Publishers for allowing me the Arc of School Trip!
We bought this for several libraries in our school district! The writing and characters are a huge hit with the kids!!
Thank you Jerry Craft for the great graphic novel!!

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My students LOVE Jerry Craft's book, and this one will not be an exception. I couldn't believe I had the opportunity to read it before them! This series is wonderful! Craft writes/illustrates in a way that pulls his readers in and makes them feel like they are friends with the main character. He feels so real and just like another kid in your school. I put it on my purchase list right away for my middle school's library. :)

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I'm so glad that this series exists. It's funny, meaningful and extremely well-written. It's a joy to follow all of our characters as they grow up.

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I loved this story in graphic novel format about this group of school kids who take a trip to Europe together. We learn real truths about how each student is treated and I loved the message as much as I loved New Kid.

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I really respect Jerry Craft and what he has done for literature.

What I liked about this book: Kids being kids! I loved seeing them go on a field trip and navigate friendships. It also felt really cool to see each distinct personality. I loved the conversation around microaggressions and getting to know some of the other side characters.

What I didn't love as much: I felt that the style of this book what really different than some of the earlier books. It was hard to get invested and I personally felt a little let down by this installment. However, I am not the target demographic for this book, and I'm sure that kids will find value in reading this.

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Can Jerry Craft do wrong? I don't think so as his latest work is just as fun filled and thoughtful as his previous books. As always, they are a must have for our library, and the children cannot get enough.

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This series is easily one of my favorites, but I LOVED tackling book banning in this. And the last three pages having the names of all the Raina T books? I LOVED.

But I also loved it because it tackles racial bias, bullying, how hard it is to see people differently when our opinions are so egregiously cemented, how ignorance is often taught from any early age, and how open communication is extremely important. Stand up for yourself and stand up for those around you.

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Fantastic sequel to an already fantastic book! Craft takes the known world of Jordan, Drew, and Liam and brings it abroad to a new world. It's a similar story of finding identity in the unknown and the community in the individual in a hilarious way that Jerry Craft knows well. I have already ordered this book for our library and it has trouble staying on our shelves.

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This was a good story for middle school students. My students enjoy graphic novels and this one told a story they could relate to and I believe most of my students would enjoy it.

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I think this is the best out of all three in the series even with my one nitpick. As a teacher who has arranged field trips, I call bull on the possibility of students being able to get into the system and switch the sponsors of the field trip. Apart from that though, the relationships continue to evolve as the characters grow. They have confrontational conversations that sound like real middle schoolers. I loved all of the interactions of this now ensemble cast as well as the way Craft continues to address contemporary events and the experiences of the BIPOC community.

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Jerry Craft is one of those authors who turns kids into readers and he continues to do so with another great entry to the New Kid series. A must for middle grade classrooms.

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