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.
Author's note. Note on the art. Full-color illustrations.
JLG Release: Feb 2019
Awards & Honors
2019 SEE-IT Award Finalist
2019 EGL Award Winner, Young Adult Nonfiction
2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor, Nonfiction
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
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2018
CPL Best Books, Teen Nonfiction - 2018
Kirkus Best Books, Young Adult - 2018
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2018
School Library Journal Best Books - 2018
BCCB Blue Ribbons - 2018
Horn Book Fanfare - 2018
Nonfiction Detectives Best Nonfiction - 2018
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*, Publishers Weekly*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Booklist*
School Library Journal
8 1/2" x 6"
Level 3.5; Points: 2;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 3.8; Points: 6;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Homophobic slur, Mild sexual themes, Strong language, Underage drinking, Bullying, Domestic violence, Drugs and drug addiction, Depictions of bloody nightmares, Depiction of an escalator accident
Family life, Drug addiction, Grandparents, Mothers, Intergenerational trauma, Art as escapism, Overcoming obstacles, Coming of age, Graphic novels, Memoirs,