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The Resource Half a World Away

Half a World Away

Label
Half a World Away
Title
Half a World Away
Statement of responsibility
Cynthia Kadohata
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A kid who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in this novel from Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the Newbery Medal (Kira-Kira) and the National Book Award (The Thing About Luck).Eleven-year-old Jaden is adopted, and he knows he's an "epic fail." That's why his family is traveling to Kazakhstan to adopt a new baby—to replace him, he's sure. And he gets it. He is incapable of stopping his stealing, hoarding, lighting fires, aggressive running, and obsession with electricity. He knows his parents love him, but he feels...nothing. When they get to Kazakhstan, it turns out the infant they've traveled for has already been adopted, and literally within minutes are faced with having to choose from six other babies. While his parents agonize, Jaden is more interested in the toddlers. One, a little guy named Dimash, spies Jaden and barrels over to him every time he sees him. Jaden finds himself increasingly intrigued by and worried about Dimash. Already three years old and barely able to speak, Dimash will soon age out of the orphanage, and then his life will be as hopeless as Jaden feels now. For the first time in his life, Jaden actually feels something that isn't pure blinding fury, and there's no way to control it, or its power. From camels rooting through garbage like raccoons, to eagles being trained like hunting dogs, to streets that are more pothole than pavement, the vivid depictions in Half a World Away create "an inspiring story that celebrates hope and second chances" (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
Summary
Twelve-year-old Jaden, an emotionally damaged adopted boy fascinated by electricity, feels a connection to a small, weak toddler with special needs in Kazakhstan, where Jaden's family is trying to adopt a "normal" baby
Storyline
Tone
Character
Award
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2014
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10351726
Cataloging source
DLC
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Kadohata, Cynthia
Index
no index present
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670
Literary form
fiction
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  • 5
  • 8
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Juvenile Fiction
  • Juvenile Literature
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Half a World Away
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:3b50e7d7-f054-49b7-aea0-1561d6993d40
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781442412774
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Half a World Away
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:3b50e7d7-f054-49b7-aea0-1561d6993d40
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781442412774
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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