Hey Kiddo: How I Lost my Mother, Found my Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction

Jacket art for graphic novel Hey Kiddo

  • Contributors: Jarrett Krosoczka.
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  • Summary: 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.
  • Awards/Recognition:
    • ALA Notable Children's Books - Older Readers Category, 2019
    • Black-Eyed Susan Book Awards (Maryland): High School
    • Booklist Editors' Choice - Books for Youth - Older Readers Category, 2018
    • Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Nominee for Nonfiction, 2019
    • Dragon Award Nominee for Best Graphic Novel, 2019
    • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Graphic Novels & Comics, 2018
    • Great Lakes Great Books Award (Michigan): Grades 9-12
    • Lincoln Award Nominee, 2021
    • Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Literature, 2018
    • National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature, 2018
    • Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee, 2020
    • School Library Journal Best Nonfiction Books, 2018
    • YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction, 2019
    • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2019
    • No additional awards known of as of 10/1/2020. Please contact this project's researchers if you are aware of an award not listed.


  • Number of Pages: 320
  • Recommended Grade Level: 7-12
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Publisher: Graphix
  • ISBN: 9780545902489

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