Danny's Mom: A Novel

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"You think only students have to deal with bullying and backstabbing in high school? Think again." --Denver PostFriday Night Lights meets Ordinary People when Beth Maller returns to her job as a guidance counselor at Meadow Brook High School shortly after an unspeakable family tragedy. Railing against the everyday injustices she had overlooked until her world cracked apart, Beth stirs up the moral battles being waged in her school, where administrators cling to don't-rock-the-boat policies, homophobia snakes through the halls, and mean girls practice bullying as if it were a sport. As Beth struggles to find her "new normal," she must learn to speak out--risking the very life she's embraced.

Danny's Mom shows what really can happen behind the closed doors of our schools and our homes. This unforgettable novel, "a must-read for every parent," illustrates who's really responsible when our kids get hurt--and why it's so important to find the strength and courage to do the right thing, no matter what.A great choice for book clubs.

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Elaine Wolf, "the anti-bullying novelist," is an award-winning writer and the author of CAMP, a young adult novel. She is a former high school teacher and public school district English language arts chairperson. The world she writes of is one she is passionate about and knows well. Visit her at authorelainewolf.com.

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"Once you start [Danny's Mom], it's hard to put down." (Instinct Magazine) "You think only students have to deal with bullying and backstabbing in high school? Think again. Wolf's heroine, a high school guidance counselor, fights back." (The Denver Post)

"From the beginning pages of Danny's Mom, Elaine Wolf had me weeping into the pages, my heart feeling the exact pain that Beth Maller felt. Wolf has captured that pain with utmost precision." (Uniquely Moi Books) "Danny's Mom is an eye-opening novel about what really goes on in schools and with the people in charge. This is an excellent and essential read for mothers, adults who work in schools, and the LGBTQ community." (Advocate.com)

"Adult readers may recognize their past selves in the fragile students outside the high school's guidance office...hoping for at least a nod from a reassuring face." (Booklist) "Wow! ...a beautiful story of loss, justice, and redemption. Wolf, 'the anti-bullying novelist,' tackles some very tough topics in this 5-star novel that should be read by all. This novel will encourage people to speak up against bullying and other injustices....honest, moving, and important. Go out and get your copy today, read it, and then share it with others!!!" (Mrs. Mommy Booknerd Blog)

"'Anti-bullying novelist' Elaine Wolf follows her terrific YA debut novel, CAMP, with an even more powerful anti-bullying novel, this time for adults....With measured, honest, and unflinching emotional detail that recalls the 1980 Oscar-winning movie Ordinary People, Wolf shows how a supposedly strong marriage can die, leaving in its wake a grief as profound as any that would follow an actual physical death. CAMP and Danny's Mom signal the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary American fiction." (Elizabeth Ridley, author of Dear Mr. Carson and Rainey's Lament)

"I couldn't put Danny's Mom down....While reading this novel, I was Beth. I was back in high school dealing with teenagers and all their problems. How many times did I ignore issues so as not to sway the ship? How many students slipped through the cracks because I followed the rules? I'll be haunted by these thoughts and Danny's Mom for a long while." (Linda's Reading Blog)

“Wolf writes with insight and authority about an issue that society cannot afford to ignore as she points out that, even though many schools have implemented effective programs to deal with bullying and intolerance, recent cases serve as proof that institutions like Meadow Brook High do, indeed, exist and that more needs to be done.” (Kirkus Review)

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