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To start the new year I thought we would focus on some Young Adult Fiction books. These stories all have an adoption theme but aren’t in your face fact based adoption books.
Dillon Dillon by Kate Banks – a solidly written coming-of-age story about a boy who doesn’t discover until he turns ten that he was adopted (domestically) by his dead birthmother’s brother and wife. Amazon.com price $6.99
Found (The Missing, Book 1), Sent (Missing), Sabotaged (Missing) by Margaret Peterson Haddix – Haddix weaves the mysterious underpinnings of an adoption into science fiction thrillers. All three books in this series are fabulous. amazon.com price for all three books is $24.17
Finding Miracles (Readers Circle) -Milly Kaufman has never wanted to talk about her adoption. However, during ninth grade, Pablo Bolívar, a refugee from an unnamed Central American country, joins her class and immediately identifies her as someone who might have come from his family’s hometown. Then, her grandmother attempts to make a will that differentiates between her and her siblings. While her mother and father’s angry reaction makes the woman back down, their increasingly close relationship with Pablo’s family makes it impossible for Milly to stop thinking about the parents who gave her up and the war-torn nation she came from. The strength of this book lies in its description of adoption issues–Milly’s feelings of abandonment and difference and her sister’s fear that Milly’s increased identification as Latina will destroy their close relationship. amazon.com price $6.99