Class Act by Jerry Craft, Read by a Full Cast
Go Back to School with This Newbery Winner’s Sequel
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Listeners will delight in being back with friends from New Kid, last year’s Newbery Award–winning graphic novel by Jerry Craft. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss the full-cast rendition of the sequel, Class Act, which continues the story of the kids of Riverdale Academy Day School. Jordan Banks is excited but nervous to be heading back to school as an eighth grader, and Jesus Del Orden’s bright voice matches his sweet and observant personality. Drew, compellingly narrated by Nile Bullock, has an easy time connecting with Jordan, but they both continue to feel uneasy about how their wealthy and white classmates—and teachers—treat them both. Subtle sound effects and the full cast’s lively performances help middle-grade listeners imagine the bustling school hallways. Craft’s witty humor will have listeners laughing out loud, and seeking out the graphic novel companion.
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