May 13, 2013
A bully primed for attack. A homophobic community. A school about to explode. “You think only students have to deal with bullying and backstabbing in high school? Think again. Wolf’s heroine, a guidance counselor, fights back.” (The Denver Post) Friday Night Lights meets Ordinary People when Beth Maller returns to her job in Meadow Brook High School shortly after an unspeakable tragedy. Railing against the everyday injustices she had overlooked until her world cracked open, Beth stirs up the moral battles being waged in the school, where administrators cling to don’t-rock-the-boat policies and mean girls practice bullying as if it were a sport. As Beth struggles to find her “new normal,” she learns to speak out, risking her career and her marriage, the very life she’s embraced. Reviewers say, “Wolf writes with insight and authority about an issue that society cannot afford to ignore” and call Danny’s Mom a “must-read” for everyone who cares about education. It is especially compelling for the “People of the Book” and those who are committed to social justice.