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The Family Nobody Wanted Paperback – October 18, 2001
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About the Author
Helen Doss has been a writer and an internationally known advocate for adoptive families for more than fifty years. She has published numerous articles in such national periodicals as American Girl and Reader's Digest, and is the author of thirteen books, including All the Children of the World and Really Real Family and the coauthor (with Carl Doss) of If You Adopt a Child. She lives with her husband Roger Reed in Yuba City, California. Mary Battenfeld is Associate Professor of Humanities at Wheelock College. She is the author of several articles on teaching and multicultural literature, and the mother of two children adopted from India. She lives in the Boston area.
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I bought a copy of the newer edition, eagerly awaiting the epilogue that tells a little more about the kids as they grew up. But sadly, the last few pages of my otherwise perfect copy is missing these pages.
In any event, this is a lovely story, written with humor and love, way ahead of its time in terms of interracial understanding. I first read it in junior high, and I'm a grandmother now, and I've loved it all these years, so that must say something for its power to captivate!
When I was in my 40s, the Family Nobody Wanted was republished. I was thrilled and ordered it from Amazon. What was wonderful about this book is they added pictures of the children and Helen Doss added a chapter telling how the family turned out.
I had planned on keeping this book as part of my permanent collection. However once again I loaned it out and didn't get it back. Lol.
Finally Amazon published it for Kindle so I promptly bought it. Helen and Carl Doss were ahead of the times proving that no race is superior over another race. They also shows that unconditional love and respect is what children need to succeed in life. This is my all time favorite book.
The only thing I am disappointed with the Kindle version is they didn't add the pictures that were in the book.
The story moved me so much I did a book report on it at the time.
I was elated to discover a new print and updated edition was available and promptly ordered a copy, along with one to share with a friend.