Monday, November 2, 2015

5 Contemporary Novels About Adoption & Foster Care

Since it is National Adoption Month, here are five contemporary novels that deal with either adoption or foster care:


Digging to America by Anne Tyler is about two families in Baltimore, Maryland and their different experiences with adopting from Korea.  This is a story about belonging in not only a new family, but a new country as well.  


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak deals with a nine-year-old girl, Liesel Meminger, as she adjusts to living with her foster family, Hans and Rosa Hubermann during World War II Nazi Germany.


Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline deals with the real orphan trains that ran between East Coast cities and the farmlands of the Midwest between 1854 and 1929.  It focuses on the fictional Vivian Daly and her resilience against the harshness and loneliness of her life as the novel weaves between past and present.


Run by Ann Patchett tells the story of Bernard Doyle, a former Boston mayor, and his three sons (one biological and two adopted African American brothers, Tip and Teddy). After an unknown woman saves Teddy from being hit by an oncoming car, the family is then forced to deal not only with her identity, but also their own and the complexities of interracial adoption.


Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff is a Newberry Honor Award winner. It deals with 12-year old Hollis Woods, an orphan girl, who constantly runs away from foster homes. The artistically talented girl bonds with Josie, her new guardian, who is an eccentric, retired art teacher. The novel portrays with honesty and sensitivity a foster child's fears, regrets, and longings, as well as her desire to find a home where she belongs. 

And you can order any of these books from great independent booksellers like:
Powell's 

Parnassus Books

Malaprop's Bookstore:

If you have any you would like to suggest, please message or e-mail me.

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