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Posts Tagged «adoption»

Far From The Tree

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-10-09 at 2.51.52 PMby Robin Benway, 374 pages, Grades 8 and up

There are more and more stories of people finding siblings because of genetic testing. Grace is a junior in high school, she is adopted and wants to search for her birth parents. What she finds is 2 siblings instead. One sister, Maya, who was also adopted into a loving family, and Joaquin, their brother who has had to live in foster care his entire life. The three siblings struggle with comprehending their different lots in life as they get to know each other and try to find the mother they all have in common.

If you enjoy personal stories of different family situations you might also enjoy: Waiting for Normal, by Leslie Connor, Wild Things, by Clay Carmichael, or Guitar Boy, by Mary Jane Auch.

Found (and the sequel – Sent)

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

found-margaret-peterson-haddixBy Margaret Peterson Haddix, 314 pages  Grades 4-8

When a mysterious plane suddenly appears at the gate, the gate agent gets the surprise of her life as she finds only 36 babies onboard the plane.  Thirteen years later, the Skidmore’s adopted son Jonah (from the belly of the whale) and his friend Chip receive the same creepy letter, “YOU ARE ONE OF THE MISSING.”  With the help of Jonah’s sister Katherine, the two boys search to find out more about their true identities.

sent-book-coverThe sequel called Sent is a great window into the difficulties of living in medieval England.

 

 

 

 

Connections:  Other great stories of time travel include:  Nick of Time by Ted Bell, the Gideon Trilogy by Linda Buckley-Archer, Archer’s Quest by Linda Sue Park, the Baseball Card Adventure series by Dan Gutman, and The Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen.