Publication Date: October, 2017
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Ages 13 and up
National Book Award WINNER, 2017
A moving contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment, by acclaimed YA vet Robin Benway.
Being the middle child has its ups and downs.
But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—
Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.
And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.
Robin Benway’s beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms—how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.
Robin Benway creates a feelgood story within a poignant premise in her National Book Award winning Far From the Tree. The novel tells the story of three biological siblings who meet each other as teenagers and subsequently make efforts to find their biological mother (though some siblings are more hesitant to do so than others). Grace, Maya, and Joaquin struggle and come to terms with past hardships, present hardships, typical teenage concerns, and concerns related to their unconventional families. Benway’s brisk and moving prose makes for a refreshing and entertaining read. - Naya