Inspired by the School Library Journal cover controversy, I thought of how often in children's and young adult literature the extreme view of drinking is given. One drink leads to binge drinking and dangerous behaviour; all drinkers are bad, abusive, evil drunks; etc.
So I asked for suggestions of those books where an alcoholic (including recovering alcoholic) is portrayed as something other than the evil, abusive person. The two illustrative books being, The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (being in the program and recovery is a fact of life) and Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr (alcoholic parent as flawed, needing help, but not portrayed as evil or abusive).
Here is the list thus far:
Blessing's Bead by Debby Dahl Edwardson
Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Tempo Change by Barbara Hull
Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer
Lush by Natasha Friend
Crash into Me by Albert Borris
Thanksgiving at the Inn by Tim Whitney
How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Nicole Standiford
And the link to Al Anon & Alateen.
Please keep the titles coming! I will add to this list as I get more suggestions.
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