What Daddy Did

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Harper Collins, 1993 - Juvenile Fiction - 230 pages
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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

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I highly recommend this book to be in your library. I had the fortunate opportunity to meet the young man while traveling from Idaho to California. He had just been interviewed to accept a scholarship at a University in Idaho. He was a delightful well groomed young man who opened up to me about his life and the book. As I recall, a documentary movie was produced also. Our meeting developed into my chance to talk with his Grandmother regarding his Grandfather's health because I am a health care provider, all natural healing. Later I had the opportunity to go to a health seminar in California where they lived in Orange County, and I got to meet the Grandmother. The Grandmother was an accomplished pianist and she lectured throughout the community about "forgiveness". This was her passion in life, and long before her lovely daughter was murdered. I was told the author suggested to tell something that wasn't true, because nobody would believe the facts! The family did not want to do that. However, reluctantly they gave in. They said in the story somewhere that "Preston" didn't like his new home. That was fabrication. Why on earth this book ended up in "Fiction" is beyond me! I still have tapes the Grandmother provided to her audience. She was truely a woman of love. I wish I could say more..but I am running out of room. Buy the book...you will never be sorry. (Oh yes, the father did get out of prison after the in-laws pleaded to the D.A. to be lenient on him. In time, he remarried and the son served as best man to his father and new bride. Be sure to have Kleenex ready...you will eventually come to the section of the story wherein you will know what caused the father to break.........Yes...there are people in this world capable of forgiveness. It is 'for giving'.......... 


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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.