Hey, Kiddo

Book Verdict

Hey, Kiddo

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

First Release:

February 2019

ISBN: 9780545902472

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.

Author’s note. Note on the art. Full-color illustrations.

  • ISBN: 9780545902472
    Format: Print Book
    Edition: Hardcover edition
    Publisher: Graphix
    Page Count: 320
    Trim Size: 8 1/2" x 6"
    Accelerated Reader: Level: 3.5, Points: 2
    Scholastic Reading Counts: Level: 3.8, Points: 6
    Lexile: Level: HL510L
    Awards & Honors: 2019 Indies Choice Award Finalist, Book of the Year - Young Adult
    2019 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
    2019 Golden Kite Award Honor, Non-Fiction for Older Readers
    ALSC Notable Children's Books - 2019
    2018 Cybils Award Winner, Young Adult Graphic Novels
    Booklist Editors ' Choice: Books for Youth - 2018
    Booklist Top of the List 2018, Youth Nonfiction
    Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - 2019
    Amazon Best Books of 2018, Comics and Graphic Novels
    Genre: Fic
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