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Half a world away

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A kid who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in this novel from Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award. Eleven-year-old Jaden is adopted, and he knows he's an "epic fail.' That's why his family is traveling to Kazakhstan to adopt a new baby--to replace him, he's sure. And he gets it. He is incapable of stopping his stealing, hoarding, lighting fires, aggressive running, and obsession with electricity. He knows his parents love him, but he feels...nothing. But when they get to Kazakhstan, it turns out the infant they've travelled for has already been adopted, and literally within minutes are faced with having to choose from six other babies. While his parents agonize, Jaden is more interested in the toddlers. One, a little guy named Dimash, spies Jaden and barrels over to him every time he sees him. Jaden finds himself increasingly intrigued by and worried about Dimash. Already three years old and barely able to speak, Dimash will soon age out of the orphanage, and then his life will be as hopeless as Jaden feels now. For the first time in his life, Jaden actually feels something that isn't pure blinding fury, and there's no way to control it, or its power. From camels rooting through garbage like raccoons, to eagles being trained like hunting dogs, to streets that are more pothole than pavement, Half a World Away is Cynthia Kadohata's latest spark of a novel.
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Grouped Work ID 4831668b-8cb4-e06a-f74c-276f8418f8b1
Full title half a world away
Author kadohata cynthia
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subject_facet Abandoned children, Abandoned children -- Juvenile fiction, Adoption, Adoption -- Juvenile fiction, Emotional problems -- Fiction, Emotional problems of children, Emotional problems of children -- Juvenile fiction, Intercountry adoption, Intercountry adoption -- Juvenile fiction, Love stories, Juvenile, Romance fiction
title_display Half a world away
title_full Half a world away / Cynthia Kadohata
title_short Half a world away
topic_facet Abandoned children, Adoption, Emotional problems, Emotional problems of children, Intercountry adoption, Love stories, Juvenile