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Mean Margaret

by Tor Seidler & Jon Agee

Unconditional kindness is the key in this National Book Award Finalist from the author of The Wainscott Weasel about nontraditional families, adoption, love—and a little peace and quiet.

Margaret is a mean,...

Lies I Told

by Michelle Zink

Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family. But it's all a lie.

Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything...

Anne of Green Gables

by L. M. Montgomery & Katherine Paterson

When Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables farm on Prince Edward Island, she surprises everyone: first of all, she is a girl. Marilla Cuthbert and her brother, Matthew, had specifically asked for an orphan boy....

Girl in Reverse

by Barbara Stuber

Being adopted isn’t easy—especially when you’re seen as a national enemy. A teen seeks the roots of her identity in this stirring novel from the acclaimed author of Crossing the Tracks.

When Lily was three,...

When the Black Girl Sings

by Bil Wright

Lahni Schuler is the only black student at her private prep school. She's also the adopted child of two loving, but white, parents who are on the road to divorce. Struggling to comfort her mother and angry with...

The Little Leftover Witch

by Florence Laughlin

A little lost witch undergoes a magical transformation when she’s loved by a human family in this heartwarming story.

When Felina, a little witch, breaks her broom on Halloween and can’t fly home, she is...

The Callender Papers

by Cynthia Voigt

Think carefully. That’s the advice Jean Wainwright always gets from her beloved Aunt Constance, Jean’s guardian and headmistress at the boarding school where she lives. It’s advice that proves valuable...

Where I'd Like To Be

by Frances O'Roark Dowell

A ghost saved twelve-year-old Maddie’s life when she was an infant, her Granny Lane claims, so Maddie must always remember that she is special. But it’s hard to feel special when you’ve spent your life...

Dog Whisperer: The Ghost

by Nicholas Edwards

From the day Emily rescued her dog Zack, they have always shared a special connection. But it's more than special—they can read each other's minds. And since Zack can sense when someone is in danger, they've...

Mother Number Zero

by Marjolijn Hof, Johanna H. Prins & Johanna W. Prins

A Society of School Librarians International (SSLI) Honor Book

Fay was adopted when he was a baby. He knows only that his birth mother escaped the war in Bosnia and that he arrived in his new home with nothing...


by M.P. Follin


One sixth-grade kid. One video game. One seriously weird event. When a mysterious opponent challenges Skyler Beam to a dual inside the game, the stakes go up. Skyler’s favorite...

Misha the Brave

by Tabbatha Bella

Awards and Honors:

Reader’s Favorite Five Stars©


In Tabbatha Bella’s first children's novel, Misha the Brave, travel with MISHA (mee-sha) through the adventure of a lifetime as she escapes an abusive home...

Same but different Too

by Naomi Y Kissiedu-Green & Chris Laxton

Same but different Too

Kobi is back with another great story to tell. However this time it's not about his family, it’s about his friend’s family.  Lee is Kobi’s friend and he is multi-heritage just like...

Love Bug’S Tale

by Mary Osgood

Mary Osgood has done it again! Love Bug is an incredibly sweet story that perfectly describes the trauma that many children face as they navigate life in the foster care and adoption systems. In fact, as I read...

Jelly Bean's Tale

by Mary Osgood

Jelly Bean's Tale is the endearing story of a child's journey from insecure beginnings in an orphanage to an overturned adoption to the hopes of finding a forever-for-real family. So few books help children...

The Adventures of a Pug Named Noodles

by Tracey Hering

This book is about a little dog getting adopted and how the dog feels about being with a new family and what to expect when you get adopted.

A Birthday Miracle

by Angela Camon & Misty Cooper

This is a story of a foster child named Marcella who is longing to have her own family. During her birthday, she got what she always wished for.

Adoptions Are Made in Heaven

by Kathie Belongers

Kathie Belonger was born in Wisconsin, but has been living in New Jersey for most of her married life. She and her husband, Dave, have been married for 37 years, and are the parents of two adult children. Kathie...

Blessing Baby and the Heart as Big as the Sky

by Jennifer Czarnota

Not very far away and not very long ago, Blessing Baby is born into Gods wonderful world. God loves Blessing Baby so much that He gives him a special auntie known for her big ideas and even bigger heart.


The Best for Me Because Both Mommies Love Me

by Dr. Ondrea Kay Leal-Georgetti & Avery Liell-Kok

This is a comforting story about love. This book is about an adoptive mother, a birth mother, and a child. The story is about the excitement of open adoption through the eyes of a child. The book emphasizes...