Molly By Any Other Name

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Where did she come from?

Molly Jane Fletcher was adopted. She's known it for as long as she can remember. It's not something that usually bothers her, but lately, it's all she can think about.

Now Molly has a chance to find her birthmother--a chance to understand where she came from, and why she was given away. But the Fletchers aren't happy about her decision to unearth the past. They're afraid that everyone ...

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Overview

Where did she come from?

Molly Jane Fletcher was adopted. She's known it for as long as she can remember. It's not something that usually bothers her, but lately, it's all she can think about.

Now Molly has a chance to find her birthmother--a chance to understand where she came from, and why she was given away. But the Fletchers aren't happy about her decision to unearth the past. They're afraid that everyone involved may get hurt.

That's a chance that Molly may be willing to take.

"Skillfully and sensitively written can make you laugh and cry at a single sitting." -Voice of Youth Advocates

"Okimoto writes about the elemental search for roots, the fear as well as the great happiness it can bring." -Booklist

"A book that goes beyond the adoption topic to encompass family feelings and dynamics." -School Library Journal

A teenage Asian girl who has been adopted by non-Asian parents decides to find out who her biological parents are.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-- Molly, 17, is an Asian-American who was adopted as an infant by Caucasian parents. Having lived unquestioningly with her curiosity about her birth parents, she decides to try and locate them. At first her adoptive parents are hurt and angry, but they eventually decide to support her and to accompany her when she meets her birth mother and half-brother. Molly's best friend, Roland, also an Asian-American, boosts her morale through most of this process, but then seems to be interested in someone else. By the book's end, their relationship has grown from friendship to love. Arranged in three sections, the story relates Molly's search, her birth mother's reactions, and their eventual meeting. Much like Hadley Irwin's Kim/Kimi (McElderry, 1987), the main character finds she is of Japanese-Canadian descent. Okimoto's treatment of the subject, however, does a far better job of describing the feelings and emotions of the characters, particularly the adults. A book that goes beyond the adoption topic to encompass family feelings and dynamics. --Bonnie L. Raasch, C. B. Vernon Middle School, Marion, IA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982316788
  • Publisher: Endicott and Hugh Books
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2001

    This book is really interesting

    The book 'Molly by Any Other Name' is about a young adopted teenage girl who is trying o find out who her birth mother is. Her usually helpful adoptive parents are not very supportive of Molly's decision. She is also battling boyfriend problems. Once you start reading it you won't want to put it down! This book is not appropriate for young children because of some of the content and profanity.

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