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Half a World Away

Title

Half a World Away

Publisher

Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Publication Year

2014

ISBN

9781442412750

Pages

240 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

6-8

Lexile Measure

670L

Diversity Topics

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

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Kazakhstani / Romani / White

Family Formation

adoptive mother and father

Awards

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

Keywords

loneliness; troubled youth; hopelessness; love; memories; electricity; Romania; abandonment; Kazakhstan; connection

Diversity Impact

direct

Half a World Away


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