New Kid Read-A-Likes for Adults

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New Kid Read-A-Likes for Adults

For those who are participating in the DC Family Read of Jerry Craft’s graphic novel New Kid, here are five graphic novels for adults you should definitely check out. These books, much like New Kid, also tackle the themes of being torn between two worlds, racism or prejudice and diversity in a moving way.

Kindred by Octavia Butler (adapted by Damian Duffy and John Jennings)
This science-fiction classic has been expertly adapted to graphic novel format by Duffy and Jennings, and is worthy of the brilliant original. This book centers on Dana, an African American woman who finds herself time traveling between her life in the 1970s California and pre-Civil War South, where she encounters one of her ancestors, a white slaveholder.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (adapted by Fred Fordham)
This book is a new and incredible adaptation to the classic novel by Harper Lee. Like New Kid, we experience our main character Scout growing up and going to school, and learning differences in race and class that are deeply upsetting to her, especially as she begins to see the racist society in which she lives.

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob
This memoir explores the many questions Jacob’s six-year-old half-Indian, half-Jewish son has asked about race, skin color and love in our modern society. In attempting to answer them, Jacob explores her own experiences that informed her answers.

My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame
This two-volume adult manga is the story of Yaichi and Kana, a father and daughter living in Japan who are visited by Mike, the man who married Yaichi’s twin brother. It is a story of Yaichi identifying his culture’s bias against gay people, and learning how to accept Mike and his brother.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
This epic science fiction graphic novel series is told from the point of view of Hazel, the daughter of two soldiers who fell in love despite fighting for opposing armies. Hazel grows up with the challenges of not only being multiracial, but also living constantly on the run from forces who want to destroy the love that her parents represent.