Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Graphic Novel)
Like many children today, Jarrett was raised by his grandparents instead of his parents. His father was not in the picture, and for reasons unknown to him at the time he was not allowed to be with his mother. He chronicles his early life in this graphic biography, talking frankly about his grandparents’ drinking problems, the troubled relationship within the family, and the day he found out his mother was a heroin addict. But mostly this book focuses on hope and the joy he found in drawing as a way to connect with the people in his life.
This story deals with some very serious and heavy issues, but is not in a graphic or excessive manner. Recommended for mature readers in eighth grade and up who enjoy true stories about overcoming obstacles.