A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Explores the feelings an adopted kid can have. A glossary explains terms in the text such as "open adoption," "birth mother," and "foster care."
It's OK to be different. "What's important is to follow your own path and become excellent at whatever you like."
Positive Role Models
Jazzy is honest about her feelings and strives to find her special talent. Her birth and adoptive families are loving and supportive. Her friend Alex, who uses a wheelchair, is confident and optimistic and encourages Jazzy.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jazzy's Quest: Adopted and Amazing! is an empowering story of Star Wars-obsessed fourth- grader Jasmine (nicknamed Jazzy), who's loved by both her birth and adoptive families. Still, she feels different and alone -- she doesn't know any other adopted kids -- and she's nervous about finding a special talent to show off at the upcoming community talent show. This short illustrated early chapter book explores feelings of insecurity and isolation and realistically portrays a tween girl struggling with identity issues. Its upbeat and encouraging message about different abilities and finding what's unique and amazing about you is relatable and delivered in an entertaining way.
Is It Any Good?
This upbeat story explores a tween adoptee's feelings of isolation and concerns about her identity. Any readers who've ever felt they didn't fit in will relate to appealing main character Jasmine's worries as the talent show approaches. JAZZY'S QUEST: ADOPTED AND AMAZING! is an entertaining read that effectively treats a serious issue with a light touch. And the cartoon-like black-and-white illustrations have kid appeal, especially for beginning readers.
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