Raising the Shades by Doug Wilhelm

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Casey needs a way out of the dark

Ever since his mother fled the scene, thirteen-year-old Casey has taken over her role: cooking, cleaning, and looking after his father when he's "sick." In denial about his father's secret drinking and drug problem, Casey is increasingly isolated, angry, and overwhelmed. But Dad's addiction isn't as secret as Casey thinks, as he learns when his aunt announces that an intervention is in the works. Casey is conflicted. He wants to help save his father, the person he loves most in the world, but he doesn't want to betray him.

In this powerful novel, Doug Wilhelm shows how denial can cut both ways, as Casey stops overriding his own feelings and discovers his own way toward confronting his father directly, face-to-face, for the first time.

About Doug Wilhelm

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Doug Wilhelm is the author of several books for young adults. He lives with his son in Rutland, Vermont.
Published April 25, 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 192 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Casey knows that he must rush home every day to clean up his Dad’s empty beer bottles, finish dinner when his Dad retreats to the garage to get high, and put a blanket over his Dad when he passes out from drinking.

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And Casey's likable peers introduce flickers of humor and levity: his best friend, Oscar, and Tara, a classmate who befriends Casey and confides in him about losing her own mother to addiction.

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