Hey, Kiddo: how I lost my mother, found my father, and dealt with family addiction by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Publisher Information: New York, NY: Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2018
Summary: In kindergarten, Jarrett krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and 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 teh truth about his family, reckoning with his mother adn tracking down his father.
Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art tha helps you survive.
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Links of Interest:
Author website: studiojjk.com
Educator's guide: HERE
Hey, Kiddo website: HERE
Hey, Kiddo article: HERE
Author interview: HERE
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