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Far from the Tree



by
Robin Benway

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
HarperTeen
ISBN
9780062330628

Awards and Honors
Green Mountain Book Award 2018—2019 Nominee Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Awards 2019 Nominee YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Capitol Choices 2018, Fourteen and Up
Rainbow List Choice - 2018
National Book Award 2017 Longlist
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017, Young Adult
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Teen Books
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Teen Fiction
The New York TimesNotable Children’s Books of 2017, Young Adult
BuzzFeed 28 Best YA Books of 2017
Los Angeles Public Library Best of 2017: Teen Books
NPR’s Book Concierge, 2017 Great Reads
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Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Child Abuse
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In this National Book Award-winning novel about the meaning of family, adopted teen Grace seeks out her biological siblings after giving up her own baby.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Child Abuse

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

384

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.1: points 13

Lexile

HL780L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

21

JLG Release

Mar 2018

Book Genres


Topics

Siblings. Adoption. Teen pregnancy. Foster care. Family life. Divorce. Interpersonal relationships.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Only child Grace was adopted at birth; when she finds herself placing her own daughter up for adoption, she begins searching for the bio family she’s never known. She quickly discovers that she is a middle child, sandwiched between loudmouth younger sister Maya and older brother Joaquin, who has spent nearly his entire life in the foster care system. As Grace struggles to move forward from the loss of her daughter, she begins to bond with her siblings who have hardships of their own. Maya’s adoptive family is not as picture-perfect as they seem, and Joaquin is on the cusp of something wonderful but is afraid it could all end in disaster. The siblings find themselves turning to one another and learning that family comes in many forms. Benway has created three unique and endearing characters who have experienced adoption in very different ways. Grace’s story will pull at heartstrings, while Maya is relatable as a teen struggling with her relationships with her family and girlfriend Claire. Joaquin is scared and rough around the edges. With a well-imagined cast of secondary characters who add angst, humor, and depth, Benway adeptly leads readers through a tale of love, loss, and self-discovery. Expect to cry real tears at this one. VERDICT Well-written and accessible, this is a must-purchase for all YA collections.—Erica Deb, Matawan Aberdeen Public Library, NJ

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Only child Grace was adopted at birth; when she finds herself placing her own daughter up for adoption, she begins searching for the bio family she’s never known. She quickly discovers that she is a middle child, sandwiched between loudmouth younger sister Maya and older brother Joaquin, who has spent nearly his entire life in the foster care system. As Grace struggles to move forward from the loss of her daughter, she begins to bond with her siblings who have hardships of their own. Maya’s adoptive family is not as picture-perfect as they seem, and Joaquin is on the cusp of something wonderful but is afraid it could all end in disaster. The siblings find themselves turning to one another and learning that family comes in many forms. Benway has created three unique and endearing characters who have experienced adoption in very different ways. Grace’s story will pull at heartstrings, while Maya is relatable as a teen struggling with her relationships with her family and girlfriend Claire. Joaquin is scared and rough around the edges. With a well-imagined cast of secondary characters who add angst, humor, and depth, Benway adeptly leads readers through a tale of love, loss, and self-discovery. Expect to cry real tears at this one. VERDICT Well-written and accessible, this is a must-purchase for all YA collections.—Erica Deb, Matawan Aberdeen Public Library, NJ

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