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The Things I Want Most: The Extraordinary Story of a Boy's Journey to a Family of His Own

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The remarkable story of a couple who risked everything to open their home--and their hearts--to answer an abandoned child's wish.

It was a small note buried in the file of a deeply troubled eleven-year-old boy--a plea for a normal life Rich and Sue Miniter couldn't ignore:

The Things I Want MOST:
A family
A fishing pole
A familyThe Miniters heard in that simple note the voice o
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Bantam (first published 1998)
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Silk
Honest account of the risk undertaken when adopting a "difficult" child. Gives you lots to think about if you are considering adoption of an older child.
Thais
Nov 06, 2012 Thais rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Mike è un cosiddetto "bambino difficile", ha alle spalle una lunga storia di abbandoni, e quando Rich e Sue decidono di prenderlo in affido non sanno cosa li aspetta. Credevano che fosse un esserino debole e bisognoso d'amore, e che l'affetto di due persone che lo trattassero come un figlio avrebbe risolto tutti i suoi problemi. Ma Mike sa che quella a cui è stato affidato è solo una famiglia temporanea, e fa di tutto per non affezionarsi, esplodendo in scatti di rabbia quando si accorge di aver
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Christine
Jan 01, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
This book is different than most books I enjoy reading, although I do love memoirs. It is about a unique and inspiring family who takes on a difficult foster child named Mike. The setting is lovely - you can just imagine the beautiful mountains of upstate New York and their cozy country inn. On the other hand, you can picture every detail of their heart-wrenching interactions with Mike as he struggles to find himself and acclimate to their family. I was so fascinated with the story that I wanted ...more
Maria Michaloski
Jun 20, 2015 Maria Michaloski rated it it was amazing
Loved this. It was very well-written. I laughed with it and I cried with it. Very moving.
Torina
Oct 17, 2011 Torina rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I read it every few years because the boy in the story is so similar to our daughter. It is ironic because the first time I read it was before I met our daughter and I thought that nothing like that would EVER happen to us. Ta da! It did! And it is okay and entertaining and hard and wonderful. Just like this book.
Shannyboo
Feb 28, 2011 Shannyboo rated it really liked it
This is the story of a foster child, and the family who took him in. I don't think I could ever be a foster parent, it sounds so incredibly hard, but I think it is amazing that this family took this child and just kept trying and trying until they finally made some progress. It's very sad in parts, but definitely a good read.
Shannon
May 28, 2007 Shannon rated it liked it
Recommends it for: child welfare workers
This book was an easy, quick read. If you are interested in foster children, you would likely enjoy it. The writing is pedestrian, and the author uses a formula that gets predictable quickly (kid acts out, chaos ensues, parents have light bulb moment,changes made, kid makes miraculous improvements, rinse, repeat.)
Amanda
Mar 24, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I felt it was a good description of foster care of hard kids from the foster parents view. I really love that this family stuck with this kid and didn't give up!!!
Christine
Sep 27, 2011 Christine rated it it was amazing
This book really inspired me and I keep coming back to the story over and over again. Wonderful. Unexpected.

I even emailed the author and after many months he wrote me back. It was very sweet of him to take the time.
Jen
Jan 04, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it
Would recommend this book to anyone thinking of becoming a foster parent, or anyone with a "difficult" child. I don't have children, but it was an interesting read for me.
Karen
Dec 13, 2010 Karen rated it it was ok
A difficult story... sad and inspiring and frustrating all at once. I realized even more what mamzing angels foster and adoptive parents are.
Hannah
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SO good. about a foster child with lots of behavioral trouble, told by the father. very encouraging story.
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Jan 30, 2013 Nadine rated it it was amazing
A page turner. I had to stay up late a few nights cause I couldn't put it down.
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