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Names in a Jar

by Jennifer Gold, read by Elana Dunkelman
edition: Audiobook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: holocaust, adoption, siblings

 

When you change your name, do you change who you are?

Twelve-year-old Anna Krawitz is imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto with her older sister, Lina, and their father. Happy days spent reading about anatomy and science in Papa’s bookshop are long gone, and the knowledge they have is used to help their neighbors through the illnesses caused by starva …

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Throwaway Daughter

by Ting-Xing Ye, with William Bell
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: asia, adoption, coming of age

A Canadian teenager travels to China to explore her ancestry and search for her birth mother in a dramatic and moving YA novel.

Throwaway Daughter tells the story of Grace Dong-mei Parker, whose biggest concern is how to distill her adoption from China into the neat blanks of her personal history assignment. Aside from the unwelcome reminders of di …

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Dancing in the Rain

by Shelley Hrdlitschka
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: adoption, death & dying

While struggling with the death of her beloved adoptive mother, sixteen-year-old Brenna reconnects with members of her biological family, hoping to discover why her biological mother broke off contact many years earlier. At the same time, she is falling in love with Ryan, who provides support while she grieves but has to leave her when she needs h …

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The Finding Place

by Julie Hartley
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: adoption

Found as a baby outside a school in China, Kelly Stroud is adopted and raised by North American parents. One day, her dad leaves the house to buy milk, and doesn't come back. Struggling anew with what it means to be loved and then left behind, Kelly embarks with her mother on a journey back to China in search of her cultural roots.

The Finding Plac …

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Andreo's Race

by Pam Withers
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: extreme sports, adoption

Just as sixteen-year-old Andreo, skilled in death-defying ironman events in wilderness regions, is about to compete in rugged Bolivia, he and his friend Raul (another Bolivian adoptee) begin to suspect that their adoptive parents have unwittingly acquired them illegally. Plotting to use the upcoming race to pursue the truth, they veer on an epic jo …

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Where I Belong

by Tara White
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: adoption, aboriginal & indigenous, coming of age

This moving novel of self-discovery and awareness takes place during the Oka crisis in the summer of 1990. Adopted as an infant, Carrie has always felt out of place somehow. Recurring dreams haunt her, warning that someone close to her will be badly hurt. When she finds out that her birth father is Mohawk, living in Kahnawake, Quebec, she makes the …

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Best Friends through Eternity

by Sylvia McNicoll
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: adoption, death & dying, paranormal, occult & supernatural

Inspired by the true story of a teen who was killed at a railway crossing, the author weaves the tale of fourteen-year-old Paige, who, taking a shortcut alongside the tracks to avoid the school bullies, is tragically hit by a train and transported to a surreal world where she encounters Kim, who died seven years before. Convinced she is only dreami …

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