Books with Characters Who Are Adopted

These books all feature adopted kids in key roles. Most are human, but there's also one very special bear, as well as a cyborg with two stepsisters, and a couple of superheroes. One story is about getting an adopted sibling. Others are about adopted kids looking for their birth parents or learning about their pasts. Some characters are involved in exciting mysteries and adventures, and being adopted is just one fact about them. All are great reads! For more of those, check out Books About Families and Coming-of-Age Books

Browse Books with Characters Who Are Adopted

We Belong Together: A Book about Adoption and Families Book Poster Image
Celebration of the love between parent and child.
By Todd Parr
(2007)
(2007)
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Home at Last Book Poster Image
Fears faced openly when loving dads adopt older boy.
By Vera B. Williams
(2016)
(2016)
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A Bear Called Paddington Book Poster Image
Delightful classic about a bear adopted by a London family.
By Michael Bond
(2008)
(1958)
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The Year of the Baby: Anna Wang, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Sweet tale of adopted sibling and her loving older sister.
By Andrea Cheng
(2013)
(2013)
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Earwig and the Witch Book Poster Image
Comical tale of a spunky girl adopted by a witch and devil.
By Diana Wynne Jones
(2012)
(2012)
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Jazzy's Quest: Adopted and Amazing! Book Poster Image
Adopted girl discovers how she's special in engaging tale.
By Carrie Goldman, Juliet Bond
(2015)
(2015)
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Minion Book Poster Image
Terrific page-turner has it all: action, humor, and heart.
By John David Anderson
(2014)
(2014)
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Rooftoppers Book Poster Image
Soaring, quirky adventure has unforgettable characters.
By Katherine Rundell
(2013)
(2013)
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When Heaven Fell Book Poster Image
Snapshot of Vietnamese culture past and present.
By Carolyn Marsden
(2007)
(2007)
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Anne of Green Gables Book Poster Image
Beloved classic features lovable, imaginative heroine.
By L.M. Montgomery
(2011)
(1908)
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Arcady's Goal Book Poster Image
Understated, affecting glimpse of child's life under Stalin.
By Eugene Yelchin
(2014)
(2014)
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Breadcrumbs Book Poster Image
Brilliant tale of girl's enchanted-woods search for friend.
By Anne Ursu
(2011)
(2011)
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Changeling: The Oddmire, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Delightfully scary, funny, magical series start.
By William Ritter
(2019)
(2019)
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For Black Girls Like Me Book Poster Image
Black girl in white family finds her voice in moving novel.
By Mariama J. Lockington
(2019)
(2019)
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Pennyroyal Academy Book Poster Image
Brave kids, scary monsters, lessons galore in series debut.
By M.A. Larson
(2014)
(2014)
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The Girl Who Drank the Moon Book Poster Image
Entrancing fantasy spun with magic stresses power of love.
By Kelly Barnhill
(2016)
(2016)
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Greenglass House Book Poster Image
Delightful, engaging mystery with a twist.
By Kate Milford
(2014)
(2014)
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Half a World Away Book Poster Image
Troubled adopted boy learns to open heart in moving tale.
By Cynthia Kadohata
(2014)
(2014)
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Three Times Lucky Book Poster Image
Funny mystery with spunky girl touches on serious themes.
By Sheila Turnage
(2012)
(2012)
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Greetings from Witness Protection! Book Poster Image
Kicky tween thriller deals with themes of abandonment.
By Jake Burt
(2017)
(2017)
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Cinder: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Cinderella as a futuristic cyborg. Pretty cool.
By Marissa Meyer
(2012)
(2012)
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Girl in Reverse Book Poster Image
Moving story of adopted girl's hunt for clues to her past.
By Barbara Stuber
(2014)
(2014)
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Sidekicks Book Poster Image
Fun superhero saga with coming-of-age themes.
By Jack D. Ferraiolo
(2011)
(2011)
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The Love That Split the World Book Poster Image
Absorbing romance stars time-traveling smart girl.
By Emily Henry
(2016)
(2016)
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The Alex Crow Book Poster Image
Orphan refugee finds new family in beautifully bizarre tale.
By Andrew Smith
(2015)
(2015)
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Far from the Tree Book Poster Image
Beautifully written story about finding your family.
By Robin Benway
(2017)
(2017)
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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life Book Poster Image
Teen contemplates family, grief in slow but wise novel.
By Benjamin Alire Sáenz
(2017)
(2017)
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The Last True Love Story Book Poster Image
Offbeat road trip tale shreds barriers of age, background.
By Brendan Kiely
(2016)
(2016)
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You Have a Match Book Poster Image
Fun, heartfelt summer camp tale shows love in many forms.
By Emma Lord
(2021)
(2021)
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