Half a World Away
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Twelve-year-old Jaden, an emotionally damaged adopted boy fascinated by electricity, feels a connection to a small, weak toddler with special needs in Kazakhstan, where Jaden's family is trying to adopt a "normal" baby.
Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Disability and Health; Adoption; Interracial; Multiracial; Physical disability; Mental illness; adopted child; adoptive parents; adoptive brother; interracial adoption; international adoption; interracial family; multiracial family; mute; mute child; impulse-control disorder; pyromania; therapy
Kazakhstani / Romani / White
adoptive mother and father
Lamplighter Award, 2015-2016, Honor Book
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2014
Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2014 Fiction Middle Grade
Booklist Top 10 Multicultural Fiction for Youth, 2015 Fiction
Choices, 2015 Children's Fiction
NPR's Book Concierge, 2014 Young Adult
loneliness; troubled youth; hopelessness; love; memories; electricity; Romania; abandonment; Kazakhstan; connection
Kadohata, Cynthia, "Half a World Away" (2014). Diverse Families. 498.