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Half a World Away

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Troubled adopted boy learns to open heart in moving tale.

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The simple, direct language makes this book to get absorbed in, and the descriptions of life in Kazakhstan, with its camels, hunting eagles, and barren but beautiful landscape, are fascinating. As in her National Book Award-winning The Thing About Luck, author Cynthia Kadohata's deep and complex characterizations make it easy to imagine a life likely vastly different from those of most readers. Jaden's candor about his past and his inability to adjust to life with his adoptive family makes him, if not exactly likable, an intriguing character whom readers will want to get to know better, and his emotional growth is believable and moving.

Book Details

  • Author: Cynthia Kadohata
  • Genre: Literary Fiction
  • Topics: Brothers and Sisters
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Atheneum
  • Publication date: September 2, 2014
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: December 5, 2019

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