School Library JournalGr 6 Up-These series titles, with identical introductions and overlapping paragraphs in the sections on feelings, seek to empower teens to get beyond the difficult present. In Blending, Wagner cautions that adoptees and foster children may have more trouble than birth children with separation as they reach their teens, and that interethnic, interracial, and international adoptions often complicate the question of identity. The author discusses the pros and cons of looking for birth parents and the possible consequences of a successful search. She presents a grim picture of the American foster-care system, where children often spend years being shuffled from home to home before being released for adoption. In the second book, statistics cited confirm the prevalence of divorce in American families. Wagner compares divorce to the stages of death, as formulated by Elisabeth Kobler-Ross, and advises teens to avoid being "caught in the middle" as a bridge, a referee, or a messenger. This volume is similar to Alys Swan-Jackson's When Your Parents Split Up (Price/Stern/Sloan, 1999; o.p.) and Nancy Holyoke's Help! A Girl's Guide to Divorce and Stepfamilies (Pleasant Co., 1999). In both titles, readers are urged to attempt to communicate with parents or other adults and to cultivate flexibility and pragmatism in relationships. They are written in bare-bones style, have color photos of children and adults, and are reader-friendly. Average fare, where needed.-Libby K. White, Jewish Vocational Services, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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