Emmy'S Question

Emmy'S Question

  • Publish Date: 2007-08-31
  • Binding: Hardcover
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Ten-year-old Emmy wants desperately to be just a normal kid with a happy family like her friends. But no matter how hard she tries to keep her mother's drinking problem a secret, things keep getting worse. Emmy finds bottles hidden all over the house. Then her mom totally humiliates her by showing up at school and at her dance recital after drinking too much wine. Even though she's teased at school and snubbed by classmates after that, she's too ashamed to talk about it to her teacher or anyone else. Besides, her mom says she's her best friend. And friends don't tell on friends. Writing in her diary is the only way she can express how much she is hurting and how lonely she feels.


But when her mom leaves the family, Emmy's pain is so overwhelming that she agrees to see a counselor. How could Mom choose wine over me? is the question she keeps asking herself over and over. Emmy's journey to find the answer is one that will empower any youngster struggling under the shadow of a parent's addiction. No longer shackled by the don't tell rule , Emmy is able to reach out for help and ultimately find the best in herself, her love for her mother intact. Hers is a voice not easily forgotten.


Emmy's Question is appropriate for individual or small group reading and discussion. Readers who come from happy, well-adjusted families will gain a greater appreciation and empathy for those who are not so fortunate. A complete resource section is included.

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