This was a sad, true story. Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty is a book about two children and their journey through the foster system and their experiences as adoptees. In the beginning, the book reminded me of A Child Called It, but soon, I was engrossed enough in the story that it stood alone for me.
While it was a difficult read, emotionally, I think it's a good book for parents of kids from hard places. The child's perspective on the events that took place was a window for me to see how Hannah and Katie might perceive things.
The author, Heather Young, is 5 years older than I am, and this book offers a disheartening glimpse into the foster system of our childhood era. While there are certainly a lot more "best interest of the child" slogans now, and kids have attorneys, guardian ad litum, and CASA support these days, I'm not naive enough to think these cases don't still occur today.
I don't want to give away too much of the book's actual content, as I hope you'll read it for yourself. I imagine that getting this written and having her story all lined out on paper must have been very validating for the author.
I'm pleased to be able to offer you the chance to win this book. I would love to get this into the hands of a fostering or adoptive family. I think the perspective of kids from difficult places will help families "reset" their thinking and dealing with their children.
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