Andrea Maas Writes Bio of Grandchildren Victimized by Drugs & Murder

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In picture book format, it is a remarkable record of strength in adversity and the resilience of gifted children

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When tragedy strikes and violent death hits families, the children are the unseen victims. It never gets better, it gets different. Author Andrea Maas has written, along with her three grandchildren (two granddaughters and a grandson) a memorial for her dead son-in-law. It is through her efforts that her and her grandchildren’s wish to commemorate Eleazar “Shy” Urbieta’s life has come true. The title comes from granddaughter Angeleena’s question after her father’s burial, Why Did The Bad Guy Shoot My Dad?

Shy Urbieta was gunned down on Feb. 9, 1994 by a 15-year old gunman because of drugs. His wife, Andrea Maas’ daughter, was with him when the incident occurred. The author saw how painful it has been (and is painful still) for her abandoned grandchildren. She sees the adult emotion of “sadness beyond belief” on them when they remember their father and know that they often lack words to express the fear and awful emptiness that they feel. In this remarkable book’s story, essays and images can be seen the resilience of youth. The book starts with a day to day diary of the days before and after the death of Urbieta. It ends with a D.A.R.E. essay by J.R., her daughter’s son conceived after Shy’s death.

Andrea Maas’ grandchildren are gifted, and they have been acknowledged by former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush for their gifts. All of them are joined in one voice in denouncing drugs and remembering their father on anniversaries. All of them are joined in one voice in denouncing drugs and in memory of their father.

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Why Did The Bad Guy Shoot My Dad * by Andrea Maas
Publication Date: August 23, 2012
Picture Book; $21.99; 34 pages; 978-1-4771-5085-6
Picture Book Hardcover; $31.99; 34 pages; 978-1-4771-5086-3
eBook: $3.99; 978-1-4771-5087-0

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