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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

Topic

Racial Diversity; Family Relationships; Adoption; Interracial; adopted child; interracial adoption; adoptive parents; adoptive brother; international adoption

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

Kazakhstanian / White

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Best Young Adult Book,2014
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People,2015
NPR's Book Concierge,2014
Booklist Editors Choice: Books for Youth,2014
Booklist Top 10 Multicultural Fiction for Youth,2015
Choices,2015
Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, 2015-2016 (Nominee)
Georgia Children's Book Award, 2016-2017 (Nominee)
Great Lakes Great Books Award, 2015 (Nominee)
Lamplighter Award, 2015-2016 (Nominee)
Maine Student Book Award, 2015-2016 (Nominee)

Keywords

pyromania; lonliness; troubled youth; hopelessness; love

Diversity Impact

direct

Half A World Away

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