Books about Adoption

  1. Orphan Train

    by Christina Baker Kline
    A story of two women's intertwined lives, spanning generations and crossing continents.

    The #1 New York Times Bestseller “A lovely novel about the search for family that also happens to illuminate a fascinating and forgotten chapter of America’s history. Beautiful.”—Ann Packer Moving ... (Barnes & Noble)

  2. Before We Were Yours

    by Lisa Wingate
    Family torn apart is reunited across generations, revealing a powerful tale of resilience and hope.

    Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the ... (Goodreads)

  3. Three Little Words

    by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
    Memoir of a girl's journey through foster care, adoption, and finding her voice. A story of resilience and hope.

    An inspiring true story of the tumultuous nine years Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent in the foster care system, and how she triumphed over painful memories and real-life horrors to ultimately find her ... (Barnes & Noble)

  4. Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love

    by Larry Levin
    A heartwarming story of a rescued dog who overcomes abuse and becomes a beloved member of his family.

    In the bestselling tradition of, Rescuing Sprite, comes the story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted. In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  5. Far from the Tree

    by Robin Benway
    A story of family, love and acceptance, exploring the power of chosen family.

    National Book Award Winner, PEN America Award Winner, and New York Times Bestseller! Perfect for fans of, This Is Us, Robin Benway’s beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers ... (Barnes & Noble)

  6. Secret Daughter

    by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
    An Indian woman's journey to find her daughter and redeem her past.

    Somer's life is everything she imagined it would be — she's newly married and has started her career as a physician in San Francisco — until she makes the devastating discovery she never will be able ... (Goodreads)

  7. Pigs in Heaven

    by Barbara Kingsolver
    A young girl and her adoptive mother fight for their family's rights and the power of love.

    Mother and adopted daughter, Taylor and Turtle Greer, are back in this spellbinding sequel about family, heartbreak and love. Six-year-old Turtle Greer witnesses a freak accident at the Hoover Dam ... (Goodreads)

  8. Sing You Home

    by Jodi Picoult
    A couple's story of a longing for a child, and the legal issues that arise when they attempt to conceive.

    Zoe Baxter, a music therapist , and her husband, Max Baxter, have tried for a decade to have children, but it is revealed that they cannot have children because of fertility issues . Zoe has ... (Wikipedia)

  9. A Long Way Home

    by Saroo Brierley
    Autobiography of a man's journey to find his family after becoming lost in India as a child.

    When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines. Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name ... (Goodreads)

  10. The Face on the Milk Carton

    by Caroline B. Cooney
    A teenage girl discovers her identity is linked to a missing child, uncovering a dark family secret.

    The face on the milk carton looks like an ordinary little girl: hair in tight pigtails, a dress with a narrow white collar, a three-year-old who was kidnapped more than twelve years ago from a ... (Goodreads)

  11. 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
    A powerful and emotional exploration of the experiences of women who gave up their children for adoption in the pre-Roe v. Wade era.

    A powerful and groundbreaking revelation of the secret history of the 1.5 million women who surrendered children for adoption in the several decades before Roe v. Wade In this deeply moving work, Ann ... (Goodreads)

  12. All the Broken Pieces

    by Ann E. Burg
    A young boy, a former Vietnamese refugee, struggles to find his place in America while dealing with the trauma of war and loss.

    An award-winning debut novel from a stellar new voice in middle grade fiction. Matt Pin would like to forget: war torn Vietnam, bombs that fell like dead crows, and the terrible secret he left ... (Barnes & Noble)

  13. Beautiful Child

    by Torey L. Hayden
    A special education teacher helps a mute and abused child communicate and heal, uncovering a shocking truth about her past.

    From the bestselling author of, One Child, comes this amazing, true story of a mute and withdrawn seven—year—old girl and the special education teacher determined never to abandon a child in need. , ... (Goodreads)

  14. A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray

    by Ann M. Martin
    A stray dog's journey through life, from puppyhood to old age, facing challenges and finding love and friendship along the way.

    Squirrel is a mixed-breed dog who lives in a shed behind the summer home of a wealthy family, the Merrions. She lives with her mother, Stream, and brother, Bone. Squirrel and Bone were the only two ... (Wikipedia)

  15. Beyond the Bright Sea

    by Lauren Wolk
    A young girl's search for her true identity and her discovery of the dark secrets of her past.

    Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift on a small boat when she was just hours ... (Goodreads)

  16. Jesus Land: A Memoir

    by Julia Scheeres
    A coming-of-age story of two adopted siblings navigating life in a strict religious home.

    For Julia Scheeres and her adopted brother David, "Jesus Land" stretched from their parents' fundamentalist home, past the hostilities of high school, and deep into a Christian reform school in the ... (Goodreads)

  17. Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child

    by Cathy Glass
    An inspirational true story of a foster carer's fight to save a neglected child.

    Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass.From the Sunday Times and New York Times ... (Barnes & Noble)

  18. Ginny Moon

    by Benjamin Ludwig
    A young autistic girl's quest to be reunited with her birth mother.

    Meet Ginny. She’s fourteen, autistic, and has a heart-breaking secret… Ginny Moon is trying to make sense of a world that just doesn’t seem to add up…. After years in foster care, Ginny is in her ... (Goodreads)

  19. Perfect

    by Ellen Hopkins
    Four teenagers struggle with the pressure to be perfect in a society obsessed with appearance and success.

    From the bookjacket Critical reception to Perfect has been positive, with the LA Times saying "Hopkins is painfully adept at channeling perfectionist psychology... It's an ambitious idea, powerfully ... (Wikipedia)

  20. The Great Gilly Hopkins

    by Katherine Paterson
    A foster child, Gilly, struggles to find her place in the world and learns the true meaning of family.

    Galadriel "Gilly" Hopkins is a mean, brat 11-year-old girl who is headed for yet another foster home . She hates living with different people all the time and just wants to settle in with her birth ... (Wikipedia)

  21. Like Dandelion Dust

    by Karen Kingsbury
    A couple's adoption of their son is threatened when his birth parents, who are criminals, seek custody. A heart-wrenching story of love and sacrifice.

    Two police officers knock on the door of a home and a drunk man answers. Rip Porter lives at the house with his wife Wendy. The police say they are checking on an emergency call and find Rip drunk ... (Wikipedia)

  22. Homecoming

    by Cynthia Voigt
    A young girl's journey to reunite with her siblings, triumphantly overcoming adversities.

    It's still true... That's the first thing James Tillerman says to his sister Dicey every morning. It's still true that their mother has abandoned the four Tillerman children somewhere in the middle ... (Goodreads)

  23. The Throwaway Children

    by Diney Costeloe
    Two sisters are separated and sent to different foster homes in Australia, where they face abuse and hardship.

    Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully called Jimmy Randall and has a baby boy by him. Under pressure from her new husband, she is ... (Barnes & Noble)

  24. Orphan Number Eight

    by Kim van Alkemade
    A historical fiction about a Jewish orphan seeking revenge on the doctor who experimented on her at a Jewish orphanage during WWII.

    New York Times and USA Today Bestseller In this stunning new historical novel inspired by true events, Kim van Alkemade tells the fascinating story of a woman who must choose between revenge and ... (Barnes & Noble)

  25. The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and a 50 Year Search

    by Martin Sixsmith
    A true story of a mother's search for her son, who was taken away from her by nuns and sold for adoption in America.

    When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a “fallen woman.” Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like ... (Goodreads)

  26. Saving Max

    by Antoinette van Heugten
    A mother fights for her son with Asperger's syndrome, who is accused of murder. A gripping legal thriller with a heartwarming family story.

    Max Parkman—autistic and whip-smart, emotionally fragile and aggressive—is perfect in his mother's eyes. Until he's accused of murder. Attorney Danielle Parkman knows her teenage son Max's behavior ... (Goodreads)

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