Siblings Jenna and Jeremy have known for a long time that their parents don’t get along. They find out just how bad it is when they are pulled out of class and told their father just shot and killed their mother. Jenna was always her father’s favorite, while Jeremy was his mother’s. Now a painful silence has fallen between them. They have trouble agreeing on just about everything at a time when they need each other more than ever. Where are they going to live? Who is going to take care of them? Can they have a relationship with their imprisoned father?
Author Julius Lester handles difficult topics with grace and sensitivity. His To Be a Slave was a Newbery Honor Book and a New York Times Book of the Year. Uncompromisingly honest, When Dad Killed Mom is sometimes painful, and perhaps Lester’s most moving novel. The emotional depth is enhanced by a skilled dual narration.---from the publisher
216 pages 978-0152046989 Ages 14 and up (Grades 9 and up)
Keywords: murder, dysfunctional family, gun violence, physical and emotional abuse, 14 year old, 15 year old, 16 year old, brothers and sisters, African American author, incest, sexuality