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Half a World Away


A top selected or recommended title by the Kansas State Reading Circle Commission.
Author: Cynthia  KADOHATA
Publisher: Atheneum
Subject/Category:  5-8
Year Reviewed:: 2015
ISBN: 9.78144e+012
Review: Jaden was adopted from an orphanage in Eastern Europe when he was eight years old. When he arrived at his new home, he had many issues: setting fires, not feeling love for his new parents, and anger that his mother gave him up to the orphanage when he was four. Now that he is twelve years old, his family is traveling to Kazakhstan to adopt another child - a baby boy. When they get there, the baby they came for has already been adopted, and they are confronted with an agonizing decision between six other babies. Meanwhile, one of the toddlers at the orphanage has seemingly "chosen" Jaden, and now Jaden finds he is concerned with someone outside himself - a total deviation from the blinding fury that has long consumed him.

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