Hey, Kiddo

Written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Hardcover edition

Publisher Scholastic Imprint Graphix ISBN


Awards and Honors <i>Odyssey Award</i> Winner - 2020 <br> 2019 SEE-IT Award Finalist <br> 2019 EGL Award Winner, Young Adult Nonfiction <br> 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor, Nonfiction <br> 2019 Indies Choice Award Finalist, Book of the Year - Young Adult <br> 2019 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist <br> 2019 Golden Kite Award Honor, Non-Fiction for Older Readers <br> ALSC Notable Children's Books - 2019 <br> MRLS Cream of the Crop - 2019 <br> 2018 Cybils Award Winner, Young Adult Graphic Novels <br> <i>Booklist</i> Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth - 2018 <br> <i>Booklist</i> Top of the List 2018, Youth Nonfiction <br> Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - 2019 <br> Amazon Best Books of 2018, Comics and Graphic Novels <br> <i>Publishers Weekly</i> Best Books - 2018 <br> CPL Best Books, Teen Nonfiction - 2018 <br> <i>Kirkus</i> Best Books, Young Adult - 2018 <br> NPR’s Book Concierge - 2018 <br> <i>School Library Journal</i> Best Books - 2018 <br> BCCB Blue Ribbons - 2018 <br> <i>Horn Book</i> Fanfare - 2018 <br> <i>Nonfiction Detectives</i> Best Nonfiction - 2018

Hey, Kiddo

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Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse,Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use,Language: Homophobic Slur,Language: Strong Language,Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes,Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse,Violence: Graphic Descriptions,Violence: Mild Violence

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.
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