Hey, Kiddo

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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  • Item #2836 in BookBeat BookBeat
    • Grades: 8 - 12
    • Ages: 13 - 18
    Awards:
    National Book Award Finalist ; YALSA Finalist for Excellence in Nonfiction
    • Format: Paperback Book
      Paperback Book
Short Summary
In this moving memoir, a teenage boy grapples with all the problems that arise from an addicted parent—and finds a way to survive through his art.

Good For:
Real-Life Issues Kids Face, Talking About the Healing Power of Creativity, Authentic and Compelling Narrative Voice

Topics and Themes:
Addiction, Family, Growing Up, Art, Imagination
This title contains mature language and references to drugs and alcohol and is only recommended for older readers.

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In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka’s teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett’s family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett’s life. His father is a mystery—Jarrett doesn’t know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents—two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what’s going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father.
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Product Details

    • Grades: 8 - 12
    • Ages: 13 - 18
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 6" x 8 1/2"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-545-90248-9