Jarrett lives with his troubled single mom. When she’s caught shoplifting and the two of them end up at the police station, his grandparents push for custody and raise Jarrett. His unreliable mom occasionally appears in his life unexpectedly, but she’s largely absent. Though Jarrett craves her love, his grandparents eventually reveal to him that she’s a heroin addict and often in jail. Despite his challenges, Jarrett actively develops his talent as an artist, and makes the most of the cards he’s been dealt.
Genre: Battle of the Books 2019