Adoption Books for Teens & Young Adults

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Teens and young adults can learn much about themselves, others who share their connection to adoption, and the dynamics of family life from stories about families like - and unlike - their own. Encourage your younger family members to read.

1) Bullets on the Bund: An Autumn Jade Mystery
by Steve Whan. In the first adventure of this series, Autumn (adopted from China) solves an exciting mystery, with the help of her best friend Adam (also adopted), and her dog Watson. Ages 10-14.

2) Edgar Allan
by John Neufeld. This is a wonderful novel about transracial adoption, the South, and a family’s emotional upheavals. Teens.

3) Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye
by Lois Lowry. In this novel, 17-year old Natalie decides to look for her birth parents. Young adults.

4) One Wonderful You
by Francie Portnoy. This book has wide appeal to young people of all ages, offering opportunities to color (for the younger ones) and opportunities to learn about birth families and the concept of extended families.

5) Where Are My Birth Parents?: A Guide for Teenage Adoptees
by Karen Gravelle, Susan Fischer. Addressing the quest for roots, heritage and identity, this book is directed to teens but valuable for all.

6) Who Am I? And Other Questions of Adopted Kids
by Charlene C. Giannetti. An excellent choice for preteen and teen adoptees in closed adoptions, this book addresses issues such as loyalty, family resemblance, and search with comments from young teens, parents, and professionals.

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