What Daddy Did

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Harper Collins, 1993 - Juvenile Fiction - 230 pages
2 Reviews
Just One Big Happy Family...

That's the way Preston Scott would have described his all-American family. His parents seemed to have everything, including the ideal marriage. But then their perfect life started to unravel. Mr. and Mrs. Scott began to. fight-vicious, hurtful, drawn-out battles that went on day after day. Finally one day Mrs. Scott moved out. And that's when Preston's nightmare began...

Now, three years later, Preston's dad is getting out of prison, and Preston is no closer to coming to terms with his feelings about him. Because how can you forgive your father for killing someone...when that someone was your mother?

Here is Preston's searing true story about upheaval, growth, faith ... and the power of love.

No one has an inkling that handsome, athletic, and talented Preston Scott is carrying a terrible secret: His father was imprisoned three years ago. Now Mr. Scott is coming home to live with Preston and his little brother, Tyler—and Preston has yet to come to terms with his feelings about him. Because how can you forgive your father for killing someone . . . when that someone was your mother? This unforgettable novel is a fictionalized account based on the words of the boy who experienced these events firsthand. "Impossible to put down . . . a stunning novel." —V.

1992 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)
Children's Choices for 1992 (IRA/CBC)
Young Adult Choices for 1993 (IRA)
1992 Outstanding Young Adult Fiction Award (The Southern California Council on Literature)
1993–94 Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award (Oklahoma Library Association)


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User Review  - BrynDahlquis - LibraryThing

This little book is excellently executed. Preston's growth is incredibly, and I think very realistic. While I certainly can't speak from experience, his anger and confusion seem so real, and his ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Readers won't need to know the true story behind Shusterman's latest; as fiction, the premise of a boy's coming to grips with his mother's murder by his father is compelling stuff. And while the novel ... Read full review


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About the author (1993)

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Bruiser, which was a Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) choice, a YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults pick, and on twelve state lists; The Schwa Was Here; and the Unwind dystology, among many other books. He lives in California with his four children.