Danny's Mom by Elaine Wolf
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A bully primed for battle. A high school ready to explode. A must-read for every parent."You think only students have to deal with backstabbing and bullying in high school? Think again. Wolf's heroine, a high school guidance counselor, fights back." (The Denver Post)Friday Night Lights meets Ordinary People when Beth Maller returns to her job as a high school guidance counselor shortly after her teenage son, Danny, is killed in a car accident. 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 embraced. 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's a powerful novel that will appeal to all readers, especially parents, everyone who works in schools, and the LGBT community. A great choice for book clubs.
 

About Elaine Wolf

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ELAINE WOLF is an award-winning writer, writing workshop facilitator, and former public school teacher and district language arts chairperson. She lives with her husband in Massachusetts.
 
Published November 1, 2012 by Arcade Publishing. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When colleagues excuse incidents of bullying and intolerance by sweeping them under the rug, and a group of mean girls threaten a fragile student and even Beth herself, Beth decides to take action.

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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.

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