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Parents Wanted

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  11 reviews
When 12-year-old Andy meets Laurie and Jeff at an adoption party, he has already been in eight foster homes. Andy’s alcoholic mother has given him up to the state as “too hard to handle,” and his father is in jail. Andy longs for a loving home and parents he can trust, but his attention deficit disorder, combined with the legacy of his dysfunctional parents, causes him to ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 28th 2001 by Milkweed Editions
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Kat Elle
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Andy Fleck doesn’t’ have much of a family. His dad has been in jail since Andy was ten and his mother gave him up to the state as “too hard to handle”.
A kid with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Andy has learned one set of rules from his birth dad (how not to get caught) and another from the kids at the state-run home (how to manipulate adults). Placed with adoptive parents Jess and Laurie, he has a chance to escape his past. But he can’t keep himself from challenging every limit that is set.
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Harrar does a great job of writing from inside the head of a child with ADHD. As a teacher, this helped me imagine the thought processes of some of my students and see that perhaps they really aren't doing things to intentionally tick me off... (on the other hand...) ...more
Naomi Kenorak
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adoption, childrens
“Like I said, Mom and Dad didn’t take very good care of me. I should really have surrendered them, but that’s not how it works. Parents can walk into this place called DSS – that’s the Department of Social Services – and sign some papers and get rid of a kid they don’t want. But if the kid doesn’t like all the drinking and shouting at home, he’s stuck with the parents. That isn’t fair.”

This is a really good book. Adults considering foster adopt or adopting a child who was previously in foster ca
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Andy's dad is in jail. Both his parents have "surrendered their rights" which is a legal way of saying that they don't want him anymore. He has finally been put with new foster parents. They think he is a good, well behaved child, but they were wrong. Andy easily gets in to trouble.

Reasons why I like this book-

Reason 1- I felt as if I was there.

Reason 2- It explains the life of a foster child.

Reason 3- I couldn't stop reading.
Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book is very sad. What i learned from this book is that no matter what you have when you are a orphan a family will still want you.
Apr 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
i ,ove this book because it also talks about real life.this book it sabout this kid who is homeless and live in a shelter people come and take him nut keep on passing him on and on
Mar 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
A great book for anyone who works with kids, it gives a real insight to what they think and feel, especially when their lives are far from perftct.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, ya, sad
I like how Andy narrates like he's actually thinking. I mean it like in a way when hes narrating but thinking at the same time. He's lovable i guess.... but didn't really get as attached to the characters as I thought I would. ...more
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Teilweise war es zwar etwas langweilig. Es gibt halt nicht wirklich Spannung und somit auf keinen Spannungsbogen. Interessant wurde es durch die wirklich überraschenden Gedanken und Erklärungen des 12jährigen Kinds das an einem Aufmerksamkeitsdefizit leidet. Gerade durch meine Arbeit mit solchen Kindern fand ich es sehr interessant seine Erklärungen zu seinen Problemen zu lesen. Auch seine Gründe zu den vielen Grenzüberschreitungen obwohl er weiß, dass er damit riskiert seine Pflegefamilie zu ve ...more
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
i got to know how hard it is to live without parents by reading this awesome book...

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