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 Books for Adopted Teenagers

Rodzina, by Karen Cushman (Newberry Medal Winner), Clarion Books. Fiction
Rodzina is a parentless Polish American girl forced to travel from Chicago to California on an "orphan train" in 1881. Rodzina isn't sure she wants a new family, yet this 12-year-old refuses to show fear to her seemingly callous chaperones and the ragtag pack of waifs who share her plight.


Pictures of Hollis Woods,
by Patricia Reilly Giff, Wendy Lamb Books (Random House Publishers), 2002. Fiction
Hollis, a twelve-year-old orphan, has been sent from foster home to foster home due to her behavior.  When she finally finds a family she loves and who loves her, she makes a big mistake.

Heaven,
by Angela Johnson, Simon & Schuster, 1998. Coretta Scott King Award.  Fiction
Marley is fourteen and loves her family and her neighbors in the town of Heaven. Ever since she can remember, she has had the responsibility to take money to the store and wire it to her Uncle Jack. Then one day, a letter from someone unfamiliar to her arrives for her mother and father. The letter is a prompt to tell Marley the truth about Uncle Jack. Suddenly Marley’s life is changed forever.


I See the Moon
, by C.B. Christiansen, Simon & Schuster—Aladdin Paperbacks, 1994. Fiction
12-year-old Bitte’s older sister is pregnant and has chosen a couple to parent her baby after it is born. Bitte has a difficult time understanding this; she wants the family to keep “Isabella,” as she has privately named the baby.  When the baby is born, her birth mom and family, and her new parents are at the hospital to receive her and surround her with love.


When Nothing Matters Anymore
, A survival Guide for Depressed Teens by Bev Cobain
Bev Cobain, a psychiatric nurse, is cousin to Nirvana's lead singer Kurt Cobain, who killed himself in 1994 after years of struggling with depression and addiction. She has devoted her life to teaching teens about depression, suicide and depression-related substance abuse. In this book,  This is an excellent book for teens to learn about their depression diagnosis.


So your Adopted, Fred Powledge, 1982, (13).  
Answers to questions teenagers have about adoption by an adult adoptee.