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When 12-year-old Andy meets Laurie and Jeff at an adoption party, he has already been in eight foster homes. Andy’s alcoholic mother has given him up to the state as “too hard to handle,” and his father is in jail. Andy longs for a loving home and parents he can trust, but his attention deficit disorder, combined with the legacy of his dysfunctional parents, causes him to constantly challenge authority. He steals, destroys property, gets in trouble at school, tries to make a gunpowder bomb, and accuses Jeff, his ...
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Overview

When 12-year-old Andy meets Laurie and Jeff at an adoption party, he has already been in eight foster homes. Andy’s alcoholic mother has given him up to the state as “too hard to handle,” and his father is in jail. Andy longs for a loving home and parents he can trust, but his attention deficit disorder, combined with the legacy of his dysfunctional parents, causes him to constantly challenge authority. He steals, destroys property, gets in trouble at school, tries to make a gunpowder bomb, and accuses Jeff, his soon-to-be father, of touching him inappropriately. To make matters worse, Andy’s real father shows up asking for money. But Andy’s new parents refuse to give up on him, and Andy must fight to save his soon-to-be-father’s reputation and his own chance at having a real family.

Twelve-year-old Andrew, who has ADD, is adopted by new parents after years of other foster homes and desperately hopes that he will not mess up the situation.

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Kirkus Review
So you know I'm obnoxious right? And everything always goes wrong when I'm around," Andy Fleck, a 12-year-old-boy with ADD and problems with impulse control, asks his new foster father. The genius of this tale, which sandwiches wonderfully observed comic moments between scenes that are both heart-wrenching and suspenseful, is that the reader sees exactly how obnoxious and exasperating Andy is, yet root for him with his or her entire being.
Andy, a boy who's full of bravado but can't go to sleep at night without his stuffed bear. is a child who desperately needs a family. His drunken mother and jailed thief of a father surrendered him to the state of Massachusetts. Ever since, Andy, though intelligent and resourceful, can't sit still, obey orders, or cooperate with authorities, and has been placed in numerous foster homes, "passed around like a puppy that nobody wants cause it keeps messing on the floor."
But now he has a real possibility for security. Two good people are willing to take him into their home with an eye to adoption. Can this over-wound boy whose ethical landscape is as twisted as a corkscrew keep his behavior under control? In a first-person voice that's all-too-real, the drama intensifies as Andy tests his new foster parents' patience and fortitude, finally culminating when Andy tells a devastating lie about his foster father. A killer read.
Publishers Weekly
Harrar (First Tiger) creates a balance of tenderness, humor and dramatic tension in this convincing portrayal of an ADD foster child adjusting to a new family. After being rejected by his birth parents, then several foster families, 12-year-old Andy is anxious to be adopted by a "normal" couple and the Sizeracys appear to fit the bill. However, his good intentions are often overshadowed by disruptive behavior. Confusing the conflicting values of his birth parents and his new guardians, Andy frequently gets himself into trouble. His antics escalating from vandalizing mailboxes to stealing to making false accusations of child molestation nearly threaten his chance for a permanent placement with the Sizeracys. A couple of subplots (Andy's brief encounter with his biological father, a crotchety neighbor's abrupt change of heart towards Andy) get short shrift, but overall this novel offers a persuasive portrait of the inner workings of Andy's mind. The author captures the hero's emotional turmoil and desperate need for acceptance. Readers will sympathize with both Andy and his adoptive parents as they seek and eventually find mutual trust and love. Ages 9-12. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Twelve-year-old Andy can't seem to escape his biological parents. His father always said it was no big deal to steal, just don't get caught. But, Andy wants to succeed at his new home. He wants to be adopted by Laurie and Jeff and be a part of a real family, but trouble just follows him around like it's his middle name. He still plays mailbox baseball, takes money from a teacher's wallet, refuses to help at chores, and generally is obnoxious. His real dad shows up and wants Andy to steal for him. How can he say no? Then he accuses his adoptive father of abuse. He hopes his adoptive father will get bawled out and have to apologize to him for wrestling with him to get up. He tells the social worker he was touched in the wrong place and he is immediately pulled from the house and sent back to the home for boys. He's really scared he won't be adopted now, and has to plead with the authorities and convince them he was lying. The story is humorous but poignant and Andy gets out of one scrape just to get into another. 2001, Milkweed, $17.95. Ages 11 to 14. Reviewer:Janet L. Rose
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Andy Fleck's father is in jail and his alcoholic mother has turned her son over to the state because, as an ADD child, she considers him too difficult to handle. At an adoption party, he meets Jeff and Laurie Sizeracy, who agree to become his foster parents and who are interested in adopting him. Having lived in several foster homes, the 12-year-old knows that he'll need to learn a new set of rules. He has always been dishonest and uses lies to get his way. When he does not want to help Jeff with weekend chores, he falsely accuses him of improper touching. When he is taken away from the Sizeracys while the Department of Social Services investigates the accusation, he admits that he lied and needs to convince everyone that he is telling the truth. Eventually the couple officially adopts him. Readers are exposed to Andy's inner thoughts and turmoil. However, information about foster families and the adoption process is sketchy and the time line is inconsistent. Andy moves in with the couple after six outings, having never visited their house. He has very little respect for Laurie, but his attitude slowly changes by the end of the novel. Realizing the power of false accusations of molestation, Andy threatens Jeff with accusations a few times in the book. While a real concern, this inclusion lessens the powerful implications of sexual abuse. Most libraries will be better served by Jack Gantos's Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Farrar, 1998).-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571316332
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 731,050
  • Age range: 8 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2007

    perfect book

    This was a really good book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    My son's favorite !

    My son is 11 years old and is in the 6th grade. He told me this is his favorite book he has read. My son won awards for reading and is a honor student. His school requires 90 mins of daily reading. With that being said it tells you he has read several books and highly recommends this book. He said he likes it so much, that when he is done reading it (just few more pages and he will be done) He is going to read it again ! Hearing my son talk highly about Parents Wanted makes me want to pick it up and read it next.

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

    Great Book - especially for Foster Adoption families

    What a great book to read with our child while we are inthe process of doing foster care adoption! It helped all of us to see the child's perspective of all the emotions they go through, the fears, the excitement. A very realistic book - true to many children/families!

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