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Recommendations Round-up: Adoption & Fostering

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Each month, we publish a list of recommendations related to our current theme for further reading. These recommendations are sourced from the DBC community.

Thank you for these great suggestions for our January 2018 theme of Adoption & Fostering! Overall, we received 41 unique recommendations: 30 fiction and 11 nonfiction.

I've compiled the titles here by type, then by fiction and nonfiction. Asterisks mark our selections for the month! What will you add to your TBR? 


Nonfiction (9)

  • To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care, by Cris Beam
  • The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade, by Ann Fessler
  • No Biking in the House Without a Helmet, by Melissa Fay Greene
  • Another Place at the Table, by Kathy Harrison
  • The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption, by Kathryn Joyce
  • Everything You Ever Wanted: A Memoir, by Jillian Lauren
  • Weaving a Family: Untangling Race and Adoption, by Barbara Katz Rothman
  • The Kid: (What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant) an Adoption Story, by Dan Savage
  • Instant Mom, by Nia Vardalos

Fiction (11)

  • My Name is Leon, by Kit de Waal
  • The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • White Oleander, by Janet Fitch
  • Ellen Foster, by Kaye Gibbons
  • Secret Daughter, by Shilpi Somaya Gowda*
  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Leavers, by Lisa Ko
  • Girls in Trouble, by Caroline Leavitt
  • Lucky Boy, by Shanthi Sekaran
  • Orfan, by Corie Skolnick
  • Digging to America, by Anne Tyler

Young Adult

Nonfiction (2)

  • Three Little Words: A Memoir, by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
  • Three More Words, by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Fiction (2)

  • Far from the Tree, by Robin Benway
  • Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Middle Grade

Fiction (13)

  • Almost Home, by Joan Bauer
  • Kinda Like Brothers, by Coe Booth
  • Forever, or a Long, Long Time, by Caela Carter*
  • Ship of Souls, by Zetta Elliott
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods, by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • One for the Murphys, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Half a World Away, by Cynthia Kadohata
  • The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, by Dana Alison Levy
  • The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island, by Dana Alison Levy
  • Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
  • Surviving the Applewhites, by Stephanie S. Tolan
  • Beyond the Bright Sea, by  Lauren Wolk

Picture Books

Fiction (4)

  • A Mother for Choco, by Keiko Kasza*
  • Wish, by Matthew Cordell*
  • Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born, by Jamie Lee Curtis*
  • Elliot, by Julie Pearson*