DIVerse Families
 
Far from the Tree

Title

Far from the Tree

Authors

Robin Benway

Publisher

Harper Teen

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9780062330628

Pages

374 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Grace, adopted at birth, is raised as an only child. At sixteen she's just put her own baby up for adoption, and now is looking for her biological family. She discovers Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister who was also adopted; and Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother after seventeen years in the foster care system. Grace struggles between cautious joy at having found them, and the true meaning of family in all its forms.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Topic

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Adoption; Foster care; Separation; Biethnic; Biracial; Homosexuality; adoptive family; adoptive parents; adoptive mother; birth parents; adopted teenager; adopted child; foster parents; foster child; separated parents; biethnic teenager; biracial teenager; homosexual; lesbian; lesbian teenager; same sex relationship

Main Character

boy and girls

Race/Ethnicities

Mexican American / White

Family Formation

mother and father; separated mother and father; foster mother and father

LGBTQ+

female/female

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction
Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 2018 - 2019
Grades 9-12
National Book Award, 2017, Winner, Young People's Literature
Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award, 2018 - 2019
Young Adult
Sequoyah Book Award, 2019 - 2020
High School

Keywords

pregnant teenager; family; siblings; romance; biological family

Diversity Impact

direct

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