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Adoption, foster homes & Stepparents

I'm always searching for fiction on the theme of adoption/foster homes/stepparents, especially from the child's point of view and I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations? It can be any kind of book (fantasy, contemporary, historical, whatever) for any age (it doesn't have to be for adults or even young adults, books for younger people are fine as well). It doesn't even have to be the main plot, a subplot works as well. It's simply books dealing with those themes.

Examples (not necessarily from books): Norah McClintock's Chloe and Levesque books, the beginning of the O.C., Anne of Green Gables.


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Sep. 28th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Dear Lola is good. Don't remember the author.
Also Pinballs.
Sep. 28th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
All YA: The Great Gilly Hopkins, Pinballs, Pictures of Hollis Woods, Quaking, Ruby Holler, Home & Other Big Fat Lies, Returnable Girl. Maniac Magee and Bud Not Buddy deal with it more tangentially, but they're both fun reads for kids. Also, maybe Thief by Brian James.

White Oleander is really good, for adults and teenagers.

For true stories, The Privilege of Youth by Dave Pelzer is written about his teenage years and his relationship with his foster parents (it takes place after his other memoirs about a childhood wrought with horrific abuse, A Child Called It and The Lost Boy, which are both much harder reading.)

Sep. 28th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
A good true story about foster care is Orphans of the Living: Stories of America's Children in Foster Care by Jennifer Toth and Karolina Harris
Sep. 28th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
I second that. All the statistics at the start of the book were so horrifyingly sad.
Sep. 28th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
If you'd like a non fiction book, I suggest "Three Little Words" by Ashley Rhodes-Courter. From Amazon: "Sunshine, you're my baby and I'm your only mother. You must mind the one taking care of you, but she's not your mama." Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes, living by those words. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system.

I LOVED this book. It was sad in parts, but to see what this girl has become despite the hand she was dealt was very inspiring.

You could also read "Hope's Boy" by Andrew Bridge. I didn't love it as much as "Three LIttle words" but it's still a great book to read on the topic of foster children.

If you look up either of these on Amazon, it'll give you lots of good recs.
Sep. 28th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Pictures of Hollis Woods, Behind the Attic Wall, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac.
Sep. 29th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
Are you wanting positive or negative examples? I was just looking at the banned books list and noticed that Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach and The Witches are on there, both of which are brilliant books. James's parents are eaten by zoo animals and he is sent to live with his evil aunts, whereas the little boy in The Witches lives with his kind and worldly-wise grandmother.

I also enjoyed the Emily of New Moon series by L.M.Montgomery, about a orphaned young girl growing up with her aunts.
Sep. 29th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
Yay, L. M. Montgomery....

::sniff:: ::sniff:: MATTHEW!!! WAAAAAUGH!!!

I'm better now.
Sep. 29th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
The Snake Stone, Berlie Doherty
Sep. 29th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Another recommendation for Dear Lola (Judie Angell) and Pinballs (Betsy Byars). Many of Noel Streatfield's books deal with this issue. And of course the classics, Little Princess and Secret Garden.
Sep. 30th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
"My Best Friend's Girl" by Dorothy Koomson. I haven't read it personally but the synopsis on the back looked good and a friend of mine (whose judgment I trust unendingly when it comes to books) is currently reading it and said that it was really good.
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