"New Kid" by Jerry Craft

In this graphic novel, an African-American seventh grader struggles to fit in at his new private school.

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  1. metaphor
    a figure of speech that suggests a non-literal similarity
    I mean, I'm not really falling. That's called a metaphor. I learned about them in English.
  2. diversity
    noticeable variety
    Yeah, it's nice...but it still doesn't seem to have much, you know... diversity, Ellice.
  3. crew
    the team of rowers manning a racing shell
    They offer five languages, AP classes, the Harkness method, crew...
  4. ritual
    any customary observance or practice
    The handshake is one of the most important rituals on earth.
  5. apocalypse
    a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the powers of evil
    The annual first-day-of-school zombie apocalypse.
  6. misfit
    someone unable to adapt to circumstances or blend in
    Sorry to break up "The Island of Misfit Boys..." but this table is for sophomores!
  7. apparently
    So apparently there's a seating arrangement!
  8. hierarchy
    a series of ordered groupings within a system
    The Dude Pyramid
    A Guide to Cafeteria Hierarchy
  9. drafty
    not airtight; exposed to currents of air
    We get to sit in front of the drafty doorway next to the trash cans.
  10. stoop
    small porch or set of steps at the front entrance of a house
    Yeah, he was on the stoop.
  11. impression
    a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
    So what's your overall impression of the school? Do you think you'll like it?
  12. chameleon
    a changeable or inconstant person
    Fitting in on the ride to school is hard work!
    I have to be like a chameleon.
  13. daunt
    cause to lose courage
    Yes, that can be a little daunting. How are you fitting in?
  14. concussion
    injury to the brain caused by a blow
    They even made me captain because I'm the only kid who NEVER threw up during practice AND has never had a concussion.
  15. offensive
    causing anger or annoyance
    Is that racist? I'm sorry if anyone found that offensive.
  16. aggressive
    characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
    We're not aggressive.
  17. escalate
    increase in extent or intensity
    Man! That sure escalated quickly!
  18. associate
    keep company with
    Ms. Rawle says that you and Drew don't associate with the other kids.
  19. hors d'oeuvre
    a dish served as an appetizer before the main meal
    And man! Those hors d'oeuvres were great. Especially the shrimp!
  20. mime
    a performance using gestures and body movements
    But luckily, The High School of Art, Music, and Mime doesn't start till ninth grade...so I still have two years to convince mom to let me go.
  21. protagonist
    the principal character in a work of fiction
    You're really going to identify with DaQuell, the protagonist.
  22. mainstream
    the prevailing current of thought
    Mainstream book covers:
    Cool, colorful illustrations full of magic and hope!
  23. notorious
    known widely and usually unfavorably
    After moving to his third city in three years, DaQuell "Scooter" Jackson must decide if he will pursue his dream of being in the NBA or join a notorious gang.
  24. arugula
    European plant often grown for its pungent, edible leaves
    Sure, whatcha got?
    Watercress sandwiches with endive and arugula.
  25. prestige
    a high standing achieved through success or influence
    Super-duper Millennium Prestige Gold Edition!
  26. adverb
    a word that modifies something other than a noun
    I meant the word is "terribly..." It's an adverb so it modifies the — verb.
  27. modify
    add a qualifying word to a constituent
    I meant the word is "terribly..." It's an adverb so it modifies the — verb.
  28. vengeance
    harming someone in retaliation for something they have done
  29. charter
    engage for service under a term of contract
    The biggest winner had to be Cindy Marcus, whose dad chartered the space shuttle to ring in the new year in orbit.
  30. minion
    a servile or fawning dependant
    Meanwhile, Andy went to Hawaii with his trusty minion Collin.
  31. villa
    a luxurious country residence with extensive grounds
    Actually, we went to our villa in Tuscany.
  32. petrify
    cause to become stonelike or stiff or dazed and stunned
    I'm petrified of wrestling and hockey...and don't get me started on squash!
  33. sustainable
    capable of being prolonged
    ...and by adding solar panels to all the trains...we can have a clean and sustainable railway system.
  34. farce
    a comedy characterized by broad satire
    The Farce Awakens
  35. insecure
    lacking self-confidence or assurance
    Because most times those names come from insecure people who want me to feel as bad about myself as they do about themselves.
  36. ruckus
    the act of making a noisy disturbance
    You left this in the cafeteria after all the ruckus yesterday.
  37. polemic
    a verbal or written attack, especially of a belief or dogma
    I see this book as a polemic against everything this school stands for.
  38. editorial
    of an article stating opinions or giving perspectives
    I don't see this as an attack at all. It's just a point of view. Like an editorial cartoon.
  39. vigilante
    a person who takes the law into his own hands
    And speaking of superheroes, don't forget my personal protector, Jordan Banks, defender of the universe! Mild-mannered cartoonist by day. Bloodthirsty vigilante by night.
  40. simile
    a figure of speech expressing a resemblance between things
    Actually, Jordan, that's a simile.

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