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A Good Example of an Adopted Child's Inner Thoughts
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2018
It is difficult to write a review on this book because of the sensitive subject matter. Not that the book is about adoptions, but that this book, for this age level, actually showcases the seedy practices in many international adoptions. I, as an adoptee, never knew my biological parents. Jaden knew, and sort of remembers his biological mother. What he feels is what every adopted child feels at some point in their lives; "Why did my biological parent(s) not love me enough to keep me?" As he comes to terms with his own feelings, he then accompanies his parents as they embark on a trip to adopt another child, which all children who are older probably feel, "Am I not good enough? Is that why they need another one?" So his inner thoughts are real and very poignant. As long as the focus of this book is not on the fact that international adoptions can be horrendous (which the ones in this book, while not the worst I've encountered, are still shady), then I would recommend this book as one to read in an elementary school classroom as a way to showcase how a child (adopted or not) feels when a new family member is brought into the mix.