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Half a World Away Hardcover – September 2, 2014
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*Booklist Starred Review* Kadohata has written a remarkable, insightful study of a troubled boy, of the challenging circumstances in which he finds himself, and of his painful journey to bonding and, perhaps, to love. Along the way, she has given readers a candid and often disturbing look at the adoption process in a remote country, while her memorable novel is further enriched by the depth of her characterizations; even minor characters come alive on the page. Thought-provoking and emotionally engaging, Half a World Away is wholly satisfying. -- Michael Cart for Booklist
*Publishers Weekly Starred Review* Without sugarcoating the complexities and mishaps that can accompany overseas adoption, Kadohata creates an inspiring story that celebrates hope and second chances.
“Kadohata’s stunningly intimate narrative reveals a complex boy, as self-protective as he is a danger to himself, but oh so clear about the true nature of things.” (The New York Times)
"[Q]uietly powerful." (The Washington Post)
"If literary genius is composed, at least in part, by an uncanny ability to enter other worlds, then 'Half a World Away' proves Cynthia Kadohata's genius - not that there was any doubt." (The Boston Globe)
"Kadohata creates an inspiring story that celebrates hope and second chances." (Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW)
"Thought provoking and emotionally engaging, this is wholly satisfying." (Booklist, STARRED REVIEW)
About the Author
Cynthia Kadohata is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning book Kira-Kira, the National Book Award winner The Thing About Luck, the Jane Addams Peace Award and Pen USA Award winner Weedflower, Cracker!, Outside Beauty, A Million Shades of Gray, Half a World Away, and several critically acclaimed adult novels, including The Floating World. She lives with her hockey-playing son and dog in West Covina, California.
Top customer reviews
Like the kid talks about his emotions and feelings but not in a mushy way. In the book he is supposed to be a "Troubled Child" but he mostly acts like any normal kid his age. A lot of times I agreed with the things the kid said and thought in the book.
His character seemed relateable and even humorous. If I knew the kid in real life I would like him. His adoptive parents obviously love him but I thought they actually handled things in the wrong way when it came to,Jaden. Which in honesty is real. Some parents just don't know how to handle any kid. Especially when they get old enough to have and voice their own opinions.
I actually haven't finished the book in completion yet but I love it so far. And whatever the ending,is just life I guess.
I would recommend this book for any kid 8+
Even a high school kid would read it.
It has such a common subject that any body can relate too. Getting a new brother or sister,son/daughter. But this subject can be broad and emotions can run high! The subject is so real. I learned new things about adoption as well. Which I was glad to learn. It's odd that as an adoptive family you can pick and choose a kid like some kind of store item. But you want to make sure that the kid fits in and you are the right family for them. Flights,money,time,bonding,language barriers,etc. things can get in the way of your goal. It's exhausting and time consuming but your ultimate goal is something we all need and desire...LOVE.