Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, And Dealt With Family Addiction

ISBN-10: 0545902487
ISBN-13: 9780545902489
Author: Krosoczka, Jarrett J.
Illustrated by: Krosoczka, Jarrett J.
Interest Level: 9-12
Publisher: Scholastic

Publication Date: October 2018

Copyright: 2018

Page Count: 320

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Interest Level

Grades 9-12

Reading Level

Lexile: HL510L
Accelerated Reader Level: 3.5
Accelerated Reader Points: 2.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Depression & Mental Illness

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Topics)

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. Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.
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