Class Act by Jerry Craft

Available At: Antelope Trails, Aspen Valley JH, Challenger, Chinook Trail (MS), DCC (MS), Eagleview, Encompass Heights, Foothills, Legacy Peak, Mountain Ridge, The da Vinci Academy, Woodmen-Roberts

Categories: Racism

Description: Eighth grader Drew Ellis recognizes that he is’t afforded the same opportunities, no matter how hard he works, that his privileged classmates at the Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted, and to make matters worse, Drew begins to feel as if his good friend Liam might be one of those privileged kids and is finding it hard not to withdraw, even as their mutual friend Jordan tries to keep their group of friends together.

YA Label?: No

Notes: This book contains references to racism.

Violations (Miller Test [MT] & Colorado Obscenity Test [CD])

The above scale indicates whether, in our view, the referenced book violates established and upheld Federal (Miller Test) and State (Colorado Obscenity Test) standards. Books that violate ALL established standards will have a table printed in red. Under Colorado Law, willful distribution of such material is deemed a Class 6 penalty carrying a fine and/or up to 18 months in prison.


Page 60: “But as much as I hate to admit it, because he’s a lot taller than me and his skin is darker, the way that people see us, and treat us, couldn’t be more different.”

Page 61: “They’ll say things to me like: ‘Oh, you’re not like the others, Jordan, you’re not really Black.’”

Page 61: “I don’t like the way that guys is looking at us. I’m calling the Police!”

Page 65: “A light-skinned male wearing a football jersey is pointing at the dark-skinned male saying, ‘LOOK, he’s taking a knee!’”

Additional Snippets Here