All About Adoption: How to Deal with the Questions of Your Past

All About Adoption: How to Deal with the Questions of Your Past

by Anne Lanchon, Monike Czarnecki
     
 

Adopted or not, you're a teen like everyone else...

Being an adolescent is jam-packed with challenges-friendships, love, peer pressure, dating, and family issues-but when you're adopted, your family issues might seem a bit more complicated. Using personal testimonials and a hip, reassuring advice-style, All About Adoption helps kids understand the…  See more details below

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Adopted or not, you're a teen like everyone else...

Being an adolescent is jam-packed with challenges-friendships, love, peer pressure, dating, and family issues-but when you're adopted, your family issues might seem a bit more complicated. Using personal testimonials and a hip, reassuring advice-style, All About Adoption helps kids understand the questions and concerns they might have about their birth history. Also discussed are issues that may arise when an adopted child wants to learn more or unite with their birth family. All teens and pre-teens are dealing with the trials of acceptance, growing up, fitting in, and communicating with their parents, and All About Adoption reassures adopted kids that they are not alone.

When you can't ask anyone else, you can always turn to SUNSCREEN.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Written explicitly for teens who have been adopted either as infants or as older children, this book could be better left on the shelf. The artwork is cartoonish, the layout makes the text difficult to read, and the content is lacking in depth. While many topics are brought forward here (feelings of abandonment, looking different from your adoptive parents, dealing with overprotective parents), the treatment of these issues is superficial and the advice given is often trite: "A lot of these feelings you might be having are totally normal...They just mean that you're a teenager." The language is condescending and feelings are projected: "You might think..." is a phrase that is repeated throughout the book. There are some examples of how actual teens feel, given in extremely short vignettes peppered throughout. These are the most effective pieces, giving teens an opportunity to identify with a real person. Part of the "Sunscreen Series" of books on current issues, this title jumps from topic to topic, never getting into the depth of the serious issue of adoption. The teen who wants to know more about adoption and the issues surrounding it would be better off picking the adoption topic book published through either Thomson/Gale's "Social Issues Firsthand" or the Greenhaven Press' "Contemporary Issues" series. 2006, Sunscreen, Ages 12 to 16.
—Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This title's cartoons and casual, conversational tone might seem at odds with the seriousness of the topics, such as adoptees' feelings about abandonment and loss and having to endure insensitive, as well as racist, comments. However, the breezy tone and ample colorful graphics make the book appealing and accessible to its target audience. Lanchon offers reassurance, rightly asserting that most anxieties about looks and fitting in are shared by biological as well as adopted teens. For adoptees, and for parents seeking a way to initiate a discussion about difficult topics, such as the desire to search for birth parents, this is a welcome resource. Among its powerful messages is that being adopted is not the cause of life's every disappointment. The short text has translated very well from French, with the liveliness of the illustrations and humor of the cartoons intact. Many quality guides exist for parents and for those researching adoption, but this one is unique as it's modeled on popular teen guidebooks about sex, friendships, etc., making it an excellent choice for YA collections. The three Web sites and eight books recommended for further reading are high quality, but several are aimed primarily at adults involved in or contemplating adoption.-Deborah Vose, Highlands Elementary School, Braintree, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810992276
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Series:
Sunscreen Series
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
8.66(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 16 Years

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