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Half a World Away - Cynthia Kadohata
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... show more
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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781442412750 (1442412755)
ASIN: 1442412755
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
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Blogging Between the Lines
Blogging Between the Lines rated it
5.0 Half a World Away
THIS BOOK WAS INCREDIBLE. I am severely disappointed in myself for not reading it 2 months ago when it came out. But I finally read it and it was simply amazing and I will be raving about it for weeks!
Rashika, The Book Owl
Rashika, The Book Owl rated it
4.5 Beautiful
***This review has also been posted on The Social PotatoActual Rating 4.5I haven’t read a Middle Grade in a while, but after hitting a bump, I decided to go for this one because I knew Kadohata wouldn’t let me down. One of the books I can remember making a huge difference in my life as a kid was Kir...
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