Friday Fiction: Dad’s Not a Drunk

Dads Not a Drunk coverMy Dad’s Definitely Not a Drunk!

Submitter: I will be keeping this book, not in the circulating collection, but as an example of why we need to weed. This was in the fiction collection at a middle school library, rammed in some very full bookshelves. Funny, it never seems to have circulated.

Holly: Excellent idea! Teen fiction has a fairly short shelf life. It is a huge industry with a lot being published these days. Unless it circulates, which Submitter says it hasn’t, there’s no real reason to keep it.  Spoiler alert: the character’s Dad is most definitely a drunk.

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  1. Weed it if it isn’t circulating, sure, but not because of content. Find a newer YA novel along the same lines if the age is an issue. But, kids this age (it’s for middle school aged kids) need something like this. A 12 year old will think she is the only one with this problem, when others are hiding the same shame and embarrassment, along with having to become the caregiver to an alcoholic parent.
    This particular book wasn’t written just as a YA novel, but to provide information for the reader about programs such as Alateen.

    1. There’s no shortage of solid material on alcoholism for kids. Good intentions is not a reason to keep a book that nobody’s wanted to touch for years (and that doesn’t know how to spell “slur”).

  2. Sure, a teen fiction collection needs books that address tough topics. But seriously, what kid is going to take something so obvious out of the school library? Most kids who have parents with drinking or drugs-related issues are not overly eager for their teachers to find out. I remember reading a few teen novels about this topic, but with real stories and less obvious titles that also had advice about who to talk to, where to get help, etc.

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