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Hey Kiddo: Reading and Discussion by Jarrett Krosozcka

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Thursday, October 11, 2018, 07:00pm - 08:30pm

Please Note:
This material contains mature content (the topic is addiction and families),  and strong language. We do not recommend that small children attend this event.
The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library have purchased 50 copies of this book to hand out at the reading
, because this story is very important and relevant to the struggles of many young people today, both in our community and others. The author's struggles to overcome and transcend his experiences can help to inspire others, and offers much hope.

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Join us for this special event on Thursday, October 11th, as Jarrett J. Krosoczka reads from his young adult graphic memoir, HEY, KIDDO, here at Brooks Memorial Library.

HEY, KIDDO is a true story about how complicated the truth can be.

In preschool, 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 graphic memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.

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