My Dad's Definitely Not a Drunk!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This story centers on Corey, a sixth grader who believes that her family and her best friend's are the only ones plagued by parental alcoholism; everyone else, the girl thinks, ``fits in.'' Carbone believably weaves into her story several elements of this problem: children who must walk on eggshells when around drunk parents, and parents who inflict physical abuse, drive while intoxicated, cover up on the job, are fired even so, and finally must face intervention and treatment. Some of the book's initial portions are awkwardly written, and the swift cure may be a bit too pat (regression, for instance, is not a factor here), but Carbone's treatment of more complex emotional issues makes up for these shortcomings. Ages 9-14. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-- Seventh-grader Corey has an alcoholic father. She enjoys her time with him when he's sober, but when he drinks, she becomes the caregiver. She hides the details of her life from everyone except her best friend, who has an alcoholic mother. Corey's mother finally realizes the futility of fighting with her husband about his problem and seeks help. An intervention is arranged; while Corey's father establishes a firm foundation for sobriety in AA, she and her mother attend Alateen and Alanon. The future looks bright as both parents begin to allow their daughter to relinquish her adult role in the family. A realistic and sensitive portrayal of family dynamics in an alcoholic's home, this has characterizations that are especially well rounded. Few books for this age group effectively convey the experiences of children in this situation without villainizing the parent. Carbone not only does the job nicely, but also provides good information in the process. --Jacqueline Rose, Southeast Regional Library, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780914525219
  • Publisher: Waterfront Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Pages: 116
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years

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