Best Fiction about Adoption

Fictional stories with a positive depiction of adoption, whether or not it is central to the book's plot.
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275 books · 197 voters · list created August 13th, 2008 by Angela (votes) .
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message 2: by Mrs.soule (new)

Mrs.soule Wait, Madeline is adopted?!? What about when she's in the hospital and the girls see "the doll house from Papa"? I thought she was in a boarding school!


message 3: by Annie (new)

Annie A lot of these books are not about adoption. They are about orphans or children who went to boarding school. In A Little Princess her father was still alive, she was in a boarding school. Jane Eyre, boarding school, not adopted. Madeline -boarding school. In White Oleander she was in foster care, very different from adoption. Some one should fix this list.


message 4: by Angela (last edited Jan 17, 2012 03:45PM) (new)

Angela Annie, the way these lists work is that they are a summation of several people's votes, so no one person can go through and "clean up" the list by getting rid of things other people have voted for; You can only edit your own submissions.

Because the list includes any positive portrayal of adoption, whoever voted for "Jane Eyre" may have been referring to Mr. Rochester's taking Adele on as his ward and/or to Jane's warm relationship with her charge.

*SPOILER* In "A Little Princess," Sarah's father is alive at the beginning of the book, but - despite several movie portrayals to the contrary - he does actually die. She finds another guardian and home with "Uncle Tom" at the end of the book.

I don't know enough about the others you mentioned to guess why they were added, but if they do not in fact belong on this list, the best thing to do is to add your own submissions and votes to get the most accurate books to the top of the list. Hope that helps! :)


message 5: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Only a positive depiction of adoption? That's too bad.


message 6: by Sheila (new)

Sheila Welch Hi!

I've started another list that might be of interest:

"Best Realistic Fiction about Adoption and Foster Care for Middle-Grade/Middle-School Readers"

Please vote and/or make additions. And I don't care if the depiction is positive or negative . . . looking for realistic. Thanks!


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message 9: by Booklovinglady (last edited Feb 11, 2019 03:32AM) (new)

Booklovinglady The adoption in Jane Eyre (#4) can hardly be called 'positive'.....


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