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Great Books About "Adoption"

Fiction Books

The Wanderer
by Sharon Creech
Sophie is 13 years old when she embarks on a fantastic adventure: crossing the ocean from America to England on a 45- foot sailing boat with her uncles, her cousins and her all-important journal. Sophie journey across the Atlantic becomes a journey of self-discovery as she gets to know her cousin Cody, faces hardships and danger, and learns a lot about her own courage and bravery.

Main Street: Special Delivery
by Ann M. Martin
Flora and Ruby became "orphans" when their parents were killed in a car crash, and now live with their Grandmother Min in a small Massachusetts town. When their Aunt Allie comes to visit and tells them that she's adopting a baby, the girls get excited and know that their lives are about to change forever. How will this special news affect their Thanksgiving holiday, and all the various dramas at their school?

The Great Gilly Hopkins
by Katherine Paterson
Eleven-year-old Gilly has been stuck in more foster families than she can remember, and she's disliked them all intensely. So when she's sent to live with the Trotters -- by far the strangest family yet -- Gilly comes up with an elaborate scheme to get her real mother to come "rescue" her.

Anne of Green Gables
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Cuthberts want to adopt a young orphan boy to help them on their farm, Green Gables, but end up with an 11-year old girl named Anne Shirley instead. Smart, imaginative and full of life, redheaded Anne has many adventures in her new town of Avonlea, making friends (and enemies), and learning all the lessons of growing up. A timeless literary classic and a very fun read.

Nonfiction Books

How It Feels To Be Adopted
by Jill Krementz
19 boys and girls, from age 8 - 16 and from every social background, confide their feelings about being adopted.

W.I.S.E. Up! Powerbook
by Marilyn Schoettle
This book teaches children (and their parents, too) how to manage intrusive questions about adoption and a child's background.

Second Chance: How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism & His Shelter Dog
by Sandra J. Gerencher
The timeless tale of a boy (with autism) and his (shelter) dog. Over the past 10 years, author Sandra Gerencher has been on a mission to save dogs from high-kill animal shelters. Her first rescue was P.J., the black and white Pomeranian in the story. She also adopted the orange Pomeranians Shelby and Lil Rascal, and of course, Chance, the big black Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix. All characters in the story are based on Sandra's real life family. The book is filled with softly blended watercolor photos of her loved ones. Her most significant adoption was her son, Terry. He was considered a special needs child because he was born with a genetic disorder known as Fragile X Syndrome. The disorder can cause many cognitive disorders, such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mental retardation and depression.

Dear Sam and Dani: An Adoption Journal
By Cindy Roberts
"Dear Sam and Dani" is a personal adoption journal the author kept while traveling in Vietnam with her four sons. Enjoy many adventures with the boys as they chase chickens in the Mekong Delta, crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels, visit many orphanages, and rediscover their own past. This playful book is written for children eight to twelve years old.

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