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Hey, Kiddo
Hey, Kiddo | Jarrett J. Krosoczka
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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KathyWheeler
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These were delivered to my office today. They‘re the books our committee is considering for next year‘s Common Read/Common World Program. We‘re also reading Tara Westover‘s Educated, but I already own that one. So, Christmas reading!

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MelissaSue81
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Thanks to @hes7 for the suggestion on #bookaboutaddiction for #booked2019. This was a fast read, and while It wasn‘t a light story, the graphic memoir format made it very enjoyable. Krosoczka did not have an easy childhood but he recognizes that while also appreciating the love and some level of privilege he did have. Each character has many dimensions, which is perhaps the most impressive part in the graphic novel format.

4thhouseontheleft Great review! I read this for the addiction prompt also. 1w
AmyG I read this, too. Excellent book. 1w
Cinfhen I‘m So tempted but I usually don‘t do well with GN 😬 1w
hes7 Yay! I‘m glad this worked for you! 1w
Johanna414 We just read this for our public library's book club and it was a huge hit! Most of the ladies had never tried a graphic novel before, and were surprised by how much they liked it. 1w
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A wonderful graphic memoir where Jarrett looks back at growing up and being raised by his grandparents as his mother grappled with addiction and life choices that kept her away from him. It‘s about meeting the father he didn‘t know and the different types of families that exist. It‘s a story about love, family and how art can help you survive. Very good read.

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Simplykellyk
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Very raw. Very very good. I love a good nonfiction. Jarrett does an amazing job telling the story of his childhood. I love a good overcoming story. How you CAN overcome coming from a broken family with the right tools. Perfect YA graphic Novel

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Kiaraneven
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I‘ve never read this Authors books until Hey,kiddo. I love this book because the author Uses exquisite writing techniques and has great words. ❤️

MrsBabki Wow! You are on fire! Soooooooo impressed! What‘s next! 2mo
MrsBabki Oh, and I loved this book too! I loved the actually letter that were included. 2mo
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shadowspeak17
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Honestly, I‘m not sure comics and graphic novels are really my thing. My typical reaction after finishing one is usually “Mmkay... Well, I read it...” 🤷🏽‍♀️ even when they‘re supposedly amazing. It wasn‘t much different with this, but my reaction was a little more positive, so I‘m counting that as a win. 😅 I really do think it was worth the read even though I‘m probably not the ideal audience for it. ⬇️

shadowspeak17 I‘m using this for #booked2019 #bookaboutaddiction, so I do still need to find something for the comic/graphic novel prompt. If anyone has any suggestions, they‘d be greatly appreciated. 😬

#catsoflitsy #Phoenix
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4thhouseontheleft I would suggest the March trilogy. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage This sounds good, in a sad way. The March trilogy is great. I also suggest 2mo
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kaykay521
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I‘ve never read any of this authors other work, but I was utterly mesmerized by his tale of growing up in his grandparents household while his mother battled heroine addiction and his father was MIA. Art saved Jarrett‘s life. Another reason I‘m convinced an arts education matters along with supportive family.

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FeastOfFiction
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2019 Book 37: I read this graphic novel in a few hours. Solid story of a kid whose circumstances were not good growing up. Addiction and rejection are the prevalent themes through the story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reggie Omg, that page after Disneyland made me cry so hard. He had no idea. (edited) 3mo
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AmyG Hey, Kiddo was wonderful. I just finished this. 5mo
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LMJenkins
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Here are my #24in48 choices. #24in48readathon #TBR

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AmyG
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My stack for #24in48 #readathon this weekend. My second one- so hopefully I have planned a bit better.

UnabridgedPod Hey, Kiddo is so, so good!!! 5mo
AmyG @Unabridgedpod I am so excited to read this! 5mo
megnews I agree with @UnabridgedPod 5mo
kamoorephoto Really want to read 5mo
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Daisey
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I‘ve seen several great reviews of this book, but each time I‘ve checked it wasn‘t available from my library. Tonight it was available, and I read it straight through. This is a tough story of addiction and family, but it‘s also a wonderfully inspirational story about art and family that I can easily see students relating to. I also thought the art fit the book perfectly.

Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks for giving me the motivation to look this up again, but that also means I did not catch up on a chapter of The Treason of Isengard tonight. Oops! 😬 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s ok, tomorrow is another day! I didn‘t read my chapter there tonight either.... I was off reading Elizabeth Warren.🤷‍♀️ 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m glad you liked the book, I thought it was very well done and a lot of people can relate to those issues and feelings, no matter how perfect your family looks from the outside. 5mo
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Megabooks 💕💕 5mo
SW-T 💕☺️ 5mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I loved the graphics in this one, great images and the limited color palette really worked for me with this one...it conveyed the angst just right somehow.

Daisey I‘ve heard really good things about this one and need to find a copy to read. 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey It was very good, and I was lucky my library had this one. 5mo
Daisey When I scrolled to your review I paused and checked. It is now available as an ebook from my library. I also think there‘s a good chance it would be a good addition for my class library, but I want to read it first. 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey That sounds like a smart plan, I think I‘d read it first before buying for the class too. 5mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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An excellent graphic novel book about a boy raised by his grandparents after his mother falls into drug abuse. He is very honest about the hurt that goes through a family dealing with these issues and the feeling of abandonment that can occur. And sadly a book that a whole generation will more than likely be able to relate too...as more grandparents are raising their grandchildren.

Kalalalatja Great review! 5mo
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ravenlee
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A fast read for its size, I read this in one day. What a tough story to tell - addiction, family struggles, belonging, finding a passion; full of flawed people trying their very best most of the time and failing in some ways while knocking it out of the park in others.

Thanks @LibrarianRyan for the recommendation. I have four left for my bingo blackout!

LibrarianRyan yeahhhhhh 5mo
Megabooks It‘s a great book 5mo
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tjwill
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I love graphic novels, comics, and graphic nonfiction, so I put together this display to increase circulation to justify buying more! #Litsyloveslibraries

AmberWB What is the one in the upper left hand corner? 6mo
AmberWB @tjwill Ooh, that sounds awesome. Stacking it. Thanks! 😊 6mo
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Schlinkles
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This month‘s graphic novel book club pick. This is an incredibly well done graphic memoir. It includes the author‘s actual artwork from periods of his childhood and other “artifacts.” Definitely check out his Ted talk!

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thebluestocking
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I really enjoyed this graphic memoir about the artist‘s childhood. He honestly explores being raised by his grandparents, not knowing his father, and his relationship with his heroine-addicted mother. The art is lovely, and I loved that the book includes actual artifacts. Two thumbs up.

Mandoul Thanks for flagging this one up. Now on my list! 6mo
Tamra Ok for an 11 year old? 6mo
thebluestocking @Mandoul I‘m glad! I hope you enjoy it. 💙 6mo
thebluestocking @Tamra I think it depends on the kid. There is nothing graphically adult (no sex or drugs on screen) but it does deal with tough family stuff and includes quite a bit of swearing. The grandma has a mouth on her. 😉 I would probably recommend reading it first. 6mo
Tamra @thebluestocking 👍🏾 Thank you! 6mo
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Randomboredom
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. I felt so connected with the main character(aka the author) I am so glad that I own a copy. Now I can Read “Hey, Kiddo” for years and years to come. And I usually don‘t recommend comic books but this one is a beautiful work of literature.

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Cityofamber
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This book was amazing. As a child who had an absent drug addict parent this book had several parts that spoke to my soul and left me in tears.

Victoriahoperose Love this book so much ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
Megabooks Excellent book! 7mo
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Cityofamber
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This! (But father‘s day) 😬🙄

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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I loved the speech he had given at ALA for his best nonfiction honors... and then I was still blown away by the book itself. What a story and inspiration.

ELH Just finished this book. I laughed and cried. 7mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @ELH I‘m with you on that!! 7mo
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UnabridgedPod
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quietjenn
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Hoping I'll be able to pop into the event Krosoczka is doing at the library tomorrow.

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AmberWB
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This was an excellent graphic novel, and the author‘s note at the end was beautiful. Highly recommend.

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Bookgoil
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Hoping to finish up these books for #8intwo and #24b4monday #readathon this weekend. I‘m so excited to be off this week and there‘s Readathons both weekends to motivate me to read! What are you reading this weekend?

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UnabridgedPod
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Jarrett Krosoczka's graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo is brilliant. A devastating and powerful exploration of his childhood, Krosoczka explores his family's history, including his mother's addiction to heroin, the absence of his father, and his loving but tempestuous relationship with the grandparents who raised him. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod The author details beautifully the role of art in his life and the way that his grandparents unexpectedly reach out to support his dreams, despite their impracticality. An author's note at the end highlights further events and artistic decisions that lend further resonance to the book. I give this book my highest recommendation. I can't wait to discuss this book, along with Beth Macy's Dopesick, as our April Unabridged Book Club pick. 9mo
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I only realized at the end that Krosoczka is the writer of Lunch Lady, a comic series that my kids love. Hey, Kiddo is not at all like Lunch Lady. It is the story of Krosoczka‘s family, his rather complicated family. His mother was an addict, his father a mystery. His grandparents took him in at a very young age. This is a heartbreaking story of a young boy learning to grow up without his mother and learning that family can mean different things

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I really enjoyed this book, learning how Jarrett became the person he is today. It‘s hard reading how he went through what he did as a kid, with his mom in and out of his life, but he had enough with his grandparents, relatives, and friends (along with a new relationship with his father and half siblings) right there. With hard work and motivation, he is who he is and I‘m so glad he did this graphic memoir.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I wish this book could get into the hands of every child whose parent has been swept away by the opioid epidemic. To give them hope and let them know they are not alone.

#addiction

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book 91/165 3/7/19

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1. It‘s raining, here‘s the view from my front door. 😃
2. I love my home, and how close we are to the mountains, but I don‘t like living in the suburbs.
3. One of my faves (there were a few in Feb!)
4. Morning and evening
5. Seafood! Maybe seafood stew, we‘re going out to eat tonight.

#friyayintro

tournevis I feel you re №2 9mo
SW-T @4thhouseontheleft Happy birthday! 🎂 9mo
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DebbieGrillo
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I can't wait to put this one on the shelves in my classroom. It is graphic memoir that is sure to grab the attention a few of my students. In fact, it probably won't make the shelf. I have three specific students in mind and I will likely hand it over directly to one of them. This one is for the artistic, quiet, non-athlete and touches on addiction and blended families.

minkyb Totally agree! 10mo
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I enjoyed my first graphic novel. #blameitonlitsy The author shares about his childhood, and how it was affected by addiction. Written for #ya but everyone should read this book.

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EH2018
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Starting this hearty read now

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emtobiasz
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One of my favorite features of this #graphicmemoir is the chapter breaks, which include original documents and drawings from Jarrett‘s life growing up. This one has a button from Jarrett‘s elementary school and a letter his mom wrote him, probably from a halfway house or drug rehab center.

emtobiasz The pineapple background is original wallpaper from his grandmother‘s house. I‘m fairly certain my grandmother had the same wallpaper. 10mo
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emtobiasz
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I think I just had my first five-star read of the year. (I‘m pretty stingy with ⭐️s.) This #graphicmemoir covers Jarrett‘s experiences growing up with his family in all their messiness. His mother struggled with heroin addiction and left him to be raised largely by her parents. Jarrett doesn‘t shy away from anyone‘s faults, including his own, but he doesn‘t hide his family‘s love, either. Hard to read but worth it.

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This book was so good! I could‘ve easily chosen it for something uplifting. He transformed an unfortunately common childhood as the child of an addict who was raised by his grandparents to this cathartic, relatable piece of art. 5⭐️

#booked2019 #comicorgraphicnovel
#nonfiction2019 #somethingwithpictures

britt_brooke You are crushing #nonfiction2019 bingo! 🙌🏻 10mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke Thanks!! I‘m just really into nonfiction right now!! 😁 10mo
Cinfhen You are on a roll!!! I‘m loving NF now too!!!!! @4thhouseontheleft just reviewed this GN too!!! She wrote a beautiful review 10mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft I loved your review! Big hug. 💕💕 10mo
4thhouseontheleft You have a great review too! 💕💕 10mo
Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft Thank you! 😊 10mo
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Megabooks
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It‘s a great day to be a reader! (Of course, really, when is it not? 😉😁)

I got my second book for #booked2019 today! #graphicnovelorcomic this time from the library. I‘m really excited for this graphic memoir 👍🏻

Lindy It‘s a wonderful book. 👍 10mo
Megabooks @Lindy It is! I stayed up reading it. 10mo
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Honesty & courage to be real have made Hey, Kiddo an easily accessible graphic memoir for teens grappling with addiction and loss. His absent mom battles heroin. His father remains a mystery until he needs his birth certificate. Both grandparents step in as parents but most importantly, his grandfather‘s guidance and unfailing love guide him. Teachers and author, Jack Gantos encourage his art. Drawing was his therapy, love was medicine. Wonderful

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4thhouseontheleft
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💧💧⬅️ That‘s me, turning into a puddle on the floor after reading this book. It is moving, real, and inspirational. We need books like this, for the kids out there who see themselves in Jarrett‘s story.

I grew up with 2 parents who loved and cared for me, but I always wondered about the ones whose blood I share. The pic above is when I met my birth father for the first time. My birth mother was a heroin addict, and died before I could meet her.

4thhouseontheleft Fills the prompt for #Booked2019 #comicorgraphicnovel but i also recommend it for anyone looking for a book for the #addiction prompt. It is definitely the best book I have read so far this year. 10mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 10mo
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Cinfhen I‘m moved in so many ways by this post. Thank you for sharing 😘 10mo
JennyM ❤️ 10mo
Blaire Thanks for sharing a bit of your story. I think there are many kids who could use this book. 10mo
Reggie Yeah, I totally cried on this one. Especially the panel right after his grandparents tell him what they tell him after they come back from Disney Land. Great review! 10mo
4thhouseontheleft @TrishB Thanks! @Cinfhen 💖💖💖 Aww, thanks! 10mo
4thhouseontheleft @Blaire I‘m always very open about my story, although it is a bit hard to talk about with such a small character limit! 😂 From what I hear from my grandparents and those who knew her, my birth mother was a lot like Leslie in the book: an intelligent, good person who made some bad decisions, & struggled with the consequences for the rest of her life. My BM got clean, but then injured her back, and became dependent on opiates. That is how she OD‘d. 10mo
4thhouseontheleft @Reggie That was a hard one! That, and some of the panels when you could tell Leslie was using again after a period of being clean. And the Author‘s Note at the end should definitely not be skipped! 10mo
Blaire @4thhouseontheleft I live in West Virginia now and I think your story and this book would be familiar to anyone living here. It seems people are no more than a degree removed from the impact of addiction. I appreciate your openness. Going to recommend to several friends who have adopted or are fostering kids who have similar backgrounds. 10mo
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Jarrett‘s origin has some parallels to my own, particularly a young single mother who would later struggle with addiction.

But this scene is where his tale goes in a different direction from my own. My birth mother gave me up for adoption, and didn‘t tell her parents until a year later. They were devastated not to have known at the time. At least, that is what I have been told.

Jarrett‘s mother reached out for help.

Not an easy read for me.

merelybookish I can imagine! 💕 10mo
Judybskt 💙💗💖💛 10mo
Reggie I loved this book!! 10mo
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4thhouseontheleft @merelybookish @Judybskt Thank you! 💙💙 @Reggie It is an excellent book! I am about 1/2 way through. 10mo
Johanna414 I read this today and really liked it. I‘ve got quite a few students I think would really respond to it 10mo
4thhouseontheleft @Johanna414 I‘m glad a book like this exists! I‘m sure there are many students and young people who can relate to this memoir, and it‘s so important to have a diverse selection of books that students can identify with, or learn about others‘ experiences. 10mo
Addison_Reads Such a powerful memoir. 💚 10mo
JennyM ❤️ 10mo
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Heartbreaking and hopeful, this was such a powerful story. I have so many students who I think would see themselves in the author‘s situation.

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A moving graphic novel. Great for middle graders and up. Terrific for kids raised by grandparents or anyone other than their parents really.

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ErinC
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Great memoir. His artwork really kept me interested. It‘s nice seeing success stories especially in light of adversity.

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GirlNamedJesse
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I‘m ready! #yma2019

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Yeah! The toe of my brand new shoe got stuck getting off an escalator as a kid👟. Those things have something against children.

Suet624 My daughter did too! 11mo
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Getting ready to inspire some high school kiddos 🎉

readordierachel 💖 11mo
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