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The Snake-Stone

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James is a championship diver, with a shot for the Olympics. But where did his talent really come from? His adoptive parents cannot tell him -- so, after years of unanswered questions, he does the unthinkable. He breaks training, and runs off to the farmland of his birth, with nothing but a mysterious stone shaped like a snake. Can he use it to unlock his past?
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Puffin (first published May 25th 1995)
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Jul 25, 2011 Carlotta* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(review in Italian below - recensione in italiano a seguire)

I'm particularly attached to this book as it makes me think about a friend of mine.
Interesting coming-of-age story about James, a teenager fond of diving, who decides to go look for his birth mother after finding a couple of her belongings and a piece of paper with half an address on it.
A recommended reading about adoption, the relationship with adoptive parents and the desire of finding one's own roots and a sense of belonging.

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Sep 24, 2009 Isaiha Symes rated it it was amazing
i learned that it is hard wondering who your mother is
and i think (james) is strong for setting out and trying to find hus birth mother and while competing in swimming tournaments.james is a strong kid i think anyone is to read this book it is a priceless book.$
La grande passione di James sono i tuffi, infatti si sta allenando per una campionato nazionale. Ma dentro di sé, un segreto lo sta logorando: vuole conoscere la sua madre biologica, e sarà disposto a tutto per farlo...

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Berlie Doherty née Hollingsworth is an English novelist, poet, playwright and screenwriter. She is best known for children's books, for which she has twice won the Carnegie Medal.She has also written novels for adults, plays for theatre and radio, television series and libretti for children's opera.
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