Far From the Tree

Far From the Tree

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Three teenagers, biological siblings separated by adoption, explore the meaning of family in all its forms--how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.
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 and finds an older brother and younger sister. But she struggles to find the balance between her cautious joy at discovering two brand-new family members and the gaping loneliness that lingers in the space her daughter once held. Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, shes quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. When her adopted familys long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya cant help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs. Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After all, he is the only one of the three who was never adopted. And seventeen years in the foster care system have taught him his secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest where they cant hurt anyone but him.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, An imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062330628
Branch Call Number: Teen Ben
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 22 cm


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This YA novel is the story of three biological siblings reunited by the oldest, Grace, lafter giving up her own baby for adoption. Grace finds her sister living with a well-off, but in-crisis family and her brother in foster care. This book looks at family ties, both by genetics and experience.

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IndyPL_CarriG Jul 13, 2019

A sweet and emotional coming-of-age story about three very different teenagers trying to figure out where they fit in with their families and with each other. A great book for those who feel like the "other".

VaughanPLShelly Jul 08, 2019

Far From the Tree is a beautiful heart-wrenching story about three adopted teens who reunite. Each character handles the news of having biological siblings differently but they all agree to meet. Readers will be able to relate to all of the main characters and their unique personalities. I highly recommend this one!

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ArapahoeMarie Aug 20, 2018

A story about 3 teens who were separated in infancy who find each other at crucial points in their lives. The relationships between the characters are beautifully written and very real. I laughed and cried in equal measure. Easily one of my favorite books in recent years.

Jul 07, 2018

This is one of my favorite books I have ever read. Right from the first page the reader is drawn in and sympathizes with the characters!! I love this book and felt like I joined I on the adventures the characters took and loved how vivid the story was in my mind!!!!!

Jun 05, 2018

This is the type of book you are disappointed when finished because you want it to keep going. The characters were interesting, complex and well drawn. Not always likeable which keeps it real. I didn't want to say good bye to these teens. The interesting dynamics at play with adopted children is explored well here. However, I thought the end wrapped things up just a little too neatly. A minor complaint however, the book is worth the time spent reading it.

JCLHebahA May 12, 2018

I described this to a friend as a "feelsy contemporary YA novel." And by feelsy, I mean I sniffled my way through the entire last third of the book, hurting for these characters and cheering for them when good things happened. Family is both blood and presence in this story, and it is a wonderfully hopeful story.

May 07, 2018

This was a powerful, meaningful and emotional read, one that captured the essence and power of family. Grace is an only adopted child, until she discovers she has a younger sister and older brother. Maya is outspoken, unafraid to voice her opinions, while Joaquin takes every step carefully due to his rough past in the foster care system. All three meet and connect instantly, proving the bonds of family are strong and unbreakable. This book made me laugh, cry, feel. I think I’ll treasure this book forever. In Benway, I have found a new favourite author, and I’m hoping I won’t be disappointed with her other novel, “Emmy & Oliver - @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book. “Far From the Tree” is a beautifully written book about an unconventional family. It features Joaquin, Grace and Maya three siblings who were separated at birth. While Grace and Maya were adopted into loving families, Joaquin was never adopted and put into foster care. The siblings create a unique bond as they learn more about each other and their mother. I adored this novel and I simply could not stop reading. It was touching to see the three of them warm up to each other and accept their flaws. In particular, I appreciated the witty humor as it was intertwined with the more intense, heartfelt parts of the novel. Altogether, this book highlighted the importance, no matter how unusual it may be, of family. I highly recommend this book to all readers, especially those looking for a fun, uplifting read. Rating 5/5 Stars.
- @goldendog of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 28, 2018

This story about three siblings separated by adoption, there getting to know each other as teenagers and questioning if they should look for their birth mother.
Grace was the only child who was adopted at birth, After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family. Maya is her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about her new family . Joaquin is their older bio brother who has trust issues after seventeen years in the foster care system he’s learned that there are no heroes.I feel this book is interesting and heart warming I love watching the three siblings that were separated reunite once again.I would recommend this book for ages 13+ because of the language used in this book

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