‘You Need to Try Harder’

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‘You Need to Try Harder’

Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 1, 2021.

The image above is from Jerry Craft’s new book, “Class Act,” which The Times describes as “a biting send-up of race relations — and a tender, funny middle grade novel.”

What message do you think these panels from the book are trying to convey? How do they relate to or comment on society or current events? Can you relate to what’s depicted here personally? What is your opinion of the message?

Tell us in the comments, then read the related review of the book to learn more.


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