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Uncle Daddy

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Does Rivers have room in his life for two very different fathers?

"The truth is Uncle Daddy isn't either my father or my uncle. He's actually Mom's uncle. I was three years old when he came to live with us."

Since Rivers's real father left him and his mom six years ago, Uncle Daddy has been taking care of Rivers in all the ways a dad cares for a son -- even teaching him how
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 15th 2001 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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K.D. Absolutely
Jul 18, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok
Rivers is a nine-year old boy living with his mother and her mother’s uncle who he calls as Uncle Daddy. His drug addict father abandoned him and his mother when Rivers was 3 years old. His father said that he would buy a pizza one afternoon and he just did not come back again.

So Rivers’ mother invited her uncle to live with them. Their lives are going well. Rivers lives a normal life: goes to school, learns sports, enjoys time with his friends, and he loves his mother and Uncle Daddy very much.
Barb Middleton
Feb 13, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it liked it
Shelves: realistic
River’s Dad, Nelson, split from the family when he was 3 years old. He went to get pizza and, poof, he was gone. No goodbyes. No explanation. Just gone. River’s mom’s uncle moves in with them and provides Rivers with the love of a surrogate father. Rivers is now 9 years old and finishing 4th grade. All is well until his father shows up unannounced at the front door at River’s birthday party. Everyone is angry and life gets turned upside down as they try to deal with the long lost father who ...more
Feb 08, 2016 Bonnie rated it liked it
Book: Fletcher, Ralph J. Uncle Daddy. New York: Henry Holt, 2001. Print.
Summary: Rivers is the 9 year old narrator whose father left the family when he was 3. He is a fairly well-adjusted little boy. Rivers is being brought up by his mother and her uncle. He calls his mom 19s uncle, Uncle Daddy. He is a loving father figure and teaches Rivers many things. Then one day Rivers 19 biological father shows up. Rivers is confused and has deal with many incongruent emotions. I recommend this book to an
Nov 07, 2008 Caitlyn rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! This book tells the story of a boy named Rivers. He lives with his mother and her uncle, whom he calls Uncle Daddy. His father left his mother and him six years ago, and returns to see Rivers on his Un-Birthday. His father works hard to become part of Rivers and his mothers life again. In the end, they are all working together and acting like a family. Uncle Daddy is a chapter book that would be good for an independent reading or a read aloud. The book would also be ...more
Nov 10, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
When his long-absent father suddenly reappears, nine-year-old Rivers struggles with conflicting feelings.

Middle Grades 4-8

Topic - Subtopic: Award Winners-Christopher Award; Award Winners-Society of School Libr. International Best/Honor; Diseases/Disorders-Drug Abuse/Addiction; Emotions-Fear; Emotions-Misc./Other; Emotions-Sadness; English in a Flash Recommended List, Library 3-Chapter 5, 90%; Family Life
Reina Santillanes
Apr 16, 2009 Reina Santillanes rated it really liked it
This book taught me that there are many different types of familys. I don't think people appriciate that until they realize what they have. This little boy meets his dad for the first time in a long time, and I think that taught me that change always happens, and theres nothing we can do about that. We can only accept it, deal with it, and hold on to it, because it will change again. There is never a time where we stop making memories.
Nov 29, 2008 Liane rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
Genre: Junior Fiction/Realistic

Reading Level: Late Transitional.

Topics & Themes: Anger and questioning of a Father who abandons his family and six years later returns. Consequences of drug addiction: reason his father stayed away so long.

Curricular Use: Independent reading.

Social: Non-traditional families: lives with mom and mother's uncle.

Literary Elements: Distinct voice and point of view of Rivers, the young boy whose father leaves.
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River's dad left when he was 3 years old, so his great-uncle steps in to act like River's dad; teaching him how to throw a baseball, shoot a basketball, and stuff like that. That is how he gets the name Uncle Daddy, then River's dad come back... Read this book to see what happens. MV
Amazingly Inspiring

After I read this book, I paused and then thought of what the story really was if this book. Reuniting with one another, moving on and coming back home. This book is a touching story of a 9 year old named Rivers, his mother and his Uncle Daddy. On the journey River's family is finally complete.
Jun 11, 2009 Marcia rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
Uncle Daddy imparts many themes: parental separation, surrogate fathers, single mothers, and eventually, forgiveness. The story also touches upon drug abuse and the affect it has on people’s lives.
Dec 10, 2011 Chelsea rated it really liked it
really good. this would be great for a kid whois feeling conflicted about a parent reentering their lives
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Ralph Fletcher is a friend of young writers and readers as well as writing teachers. He has written or co-authored many books for writing teachers includng Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide, Teaching the Qualities of Writing, Lessons for the Writer's Notebook, Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, and Pyrotechnics on the Page: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing. Ralph has worked with teachers ...more
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