Children's roundup: 'Half a World Away,' more

February 11, 2015 1:06 PM

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Adopted from a Romanian foster home at age 8, Jaden has given his American parents a run for their money - stealing, hoarding food and setting fires. He injures himself so often that his mother carries bandages in her purse.

This may sound like the stuff of a Movie of the Week, but National Book Award winner Cynthia Kadohata bypasses the cliches about traumatized orphans who can't bond with anyone by making us feel what it's like to be Jaden at age 12: the cold click of logic divorced from emotion, the soothing hum of a...

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