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Danny's Mom
by Elaine Wolf


Overview - Beth Maller returns to her job as a high school guidance counselor shortly after her teenage son, Danny, is killed in a car accident. Beth didn't want Danny to drive that snowy night, but her husband insisted the roads were safe. Beth blames him for Danny's death, and she blames herself for allowing fear of confrontation to paralyze her.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Beth Maller returns to her job as a high school guidance counselor shortly after her teenage son, Danny, is killed in a car accident. Beth didn't want Danny to drive that snowy night, but her husband insisted the roads were safe. Beth blames him for Danny's death, and she blames herself for allowing fear of confrontation to paralyze her. Now back at work, Beth rails against the everyday injustices she had overlooked until her world cracked open. Her new circumstances cause Beth to become a major player in the moral battles being waged at Meadow Brook High--where homophobia snakes through the halls, administrators cling to don't-rock-the-boat policies, and mean girls practice bullying as if it were a sport. While Beth struggles to find her "new normal," she learns to speak out, risking her career, her marriage, and the very life she's learned to embrace.

Danny's Mom illustrates what really goes on behind the closed doors of our schools, from the perspective of the adults who are charged with keeping our children safe. It is a powerful novel that will appeal to all readers, especially mothers, the millions of adults who work in our schools, and the LGBTQ community.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781611456943
  • ISBN-10: 1611456940
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publish Date: November 2012
  • Page Count: 216
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-09-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

Former high school teacher Wolf’s thin novel for adults (after Camp, a YA novel) begins with Beth and Joe Maller arguing over letting their 17-year-old son, Danny, drive during a snow storm. Joe telling Beth that she should “stop babying him,” followed by Danny pleading, makes Beth relent. Hardly a breath later, Danny dies in a road accident. Beth blames Joe, and soon their marriage, based on little more than physical attraction, deteriorates to bare civility. Beth works as a high school guidance counselor, where she butts heads with the assistant principal, who turns a blind eye to the serious bullying and homophobia going on at the school. When Beth tries to protect students who can’t protect themselves, she goes head to head with the administration in a fight that might cost her everything. Wolf’s broadly drawn exploration of grief and coping is unfortunately filled with tedious caricatures rather than characters. Readers may sympathize with Beth’s loss, and the topical problem of bullying, but the story falls short. Agent: Jennifer Lyons. (Nov.)

 
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