What are the best novels about adoption?

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    #1Matilda

    Matilda
    First published in 1988, Matilda is a children's book by acclaimed author, Roald Dahl. It tells the story of Matilda, an intelligent little girl with superpowers, as she faces off with the school principal, the cruel Mrs. Trunchbull.
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    Patricia Ford
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This novel is a wonderful read, Roald Dahl is a brilliant author who employs many plots twists in his books and Matilda is no exception. I loved the very clever way the story of the adoption of a child was told and I love the small supernatural element. However, parts of the book are a tad dark so I would suggest it for 10 and up. Overall, I love this story."
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    #2A Little Princess

    A Little Princess

    A Little Princess is a classic young adult novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett which centers on little girl Sara who's father spends too much to fulfill her wishes but something horrible happens leaving her to deal with horrible circumstances. 

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    Terry Jacobs
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book is not a good result for the search query. The product page does not have a description of the book and a search of the page shows nothing about adoption. The above solution description (in this HIT) mentions her father, but does not indicate if he's her biological or adoptive father."
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    #3Les Misérables

    Les Misérables
    Les Misérables is a French historical tale by Victor Hugo, which was published first in 1862. This novel follows the lives of several characters, especially that of Jean Valjean during the June Rebellion in Paris. 
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    George Aguilar
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This novel is one of the all time classics, and can be pretty confusing. I heard it was made into a movie a few years back, but something of this scope can't really be translated to the big screen."
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    #4Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë that tells the story of Jane Eyre who is left under the care of cruel guardians as a young girl, and then goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess, under a harsh employer.

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    Matthew Alvarez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I bought this book because somehow we don't have a copy of this great classic, and I thought,"Why should I go to the library, when I can just buy it and have it whenever I have the time for it?" I was expecting the full book, with nice formatting, and a cool picture. This book is actually abridged, which I did not see advertised. I thought that the fuzzy picture on the front was just the computer, but on the real book, it is actually very obviously fuzzy. Also, you can tell that the book isn't right because the English on the back, as you can see in the picture, is not good. I regret that I didn't look too closely at the back, because now I have to return it. However, not only is it abridged, it has a lot of typos, and incorrect formatting. For example, I was reading through it, and was confused because they don't start a new line for a new person talking, and it looked as if the same person continued to talk. Which made the whole next paragraph confusing. This is just a small sample."
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    #5Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations is a coming-of-age story about an orphan boy named Pip and a colorful cast of characters. This greatly-acclaimed work is Dicken's 13th novel.

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    Victoria Vázquez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is a classic book by Charles Dickens. Everyone should read this book if only to say they've read it. "
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    #6The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.
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    Nathan Owens
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I recently bought the classic of the American literature "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", and I really enjoyed reading it again after many years. The book it's full of humor, but it also teaches important life lessons. A must read for people of every age!"
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    #7Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë tells the story of Catherine and Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a boy from a better background he develops a lust for revenge that takes over his life. This tale of hauntings, passion, and greed remains unsurpassed in its depiction of the dark side of love.

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    #8David Copperfield

    David Copperfield

    David Copperfield (Modern Library Classics) is a book written by Charles Dickens with an introduction from David Gates. David Copperfield was published by Modern Library.

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    Richard Griffin
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "A very important novel, David Copperfield draws much from the author's own life. It follows an orphaned protagonist as he grows up among a set of eccentric and memorable characters. This is a very difficult book and this edition's explanatory notes are very helpful. "
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    #9The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden is a novel about Mary Lennox, a spoiled and alone child who is sent to his grieving uncle after her parent's death. She found out about that there is a forgotten garden there and she visited it to know its mysteries.

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    James Payne
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Mary Lennox does a good job in weaving a tale about isolation, loneliness, and escape. I read The Secret Garden some time back after following the recommendations from a coworker. This is definitely an instant classic in my eyes. One could say it's the book that paves the way for other children's literature books. It's a classic story no doubt and one I know I'll be passing along to my children as soon as they get more into reading."
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    #10Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables (Modern Library Classics) is a novel written by L.M. Montgomery. The book Anne of Green Gables was published on June 10, 2008 by Modern Library.

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    Zachary Richardson
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I read Anne of Green Gables to my children several times each year when they were young. Now they both say the book is their favorite and I gotta admit there's a place for it in my heart as well."
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    #11The Boxcar Children

    The Boxcar Children

    The Boxcar Children, ideal for grade 2-6 readers, is about the four orphans who start to make a home in a boxcar just to stay together. In their adventure, they meet their grandfather.

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    #12Orphan Train

    Orphan Train

    Orphan Train tells the story of two people who are different and yet the same: Vivian is a 91-year old Irish immigrant and Molly is an 18-year-old Penobscot Indian. Both orphaned at a young age, the two of them set out on to discover the truth about who they really are.

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    #13Bleak House

    Bleak House
    This book by Charles Dickens was published as a serial between 1852 and 1853. It narrates, via Esther Summerson and an omniscient narrator, the lives of many characters, who are inspired in real-life people, something characteristic of Dickens' style, and that are used to satirize the English judicial system. 
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    Moisés Peña
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I don't think this is going to help me with the subject of adoption. Dickens lived over 150 years ago, the adoption system back then was not only in a different country, but completely different than it is today. As a historical retrospective it may work, but for current needs I have to pass."
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    #14The Cider House Rules

    The Cider House Rules

    The Cider House Rules by John Irving is a fiction novel about Homer Wells as he became the apprentice of a physician named Dr. Wilbur Larch. There, Homer becomes well-trained and learn and learns about abortion.

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    George Arnold
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "When I first read this I was an impressionable young man, I immediately fell in love with the characters. I felt that I could related, growing up in a less than loving family. This is a great story to teach to kids for years. "
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    #15Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born

    Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born

    Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born is a children's book written by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell. Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born was published on August 29, 2000 by HarperCollins.

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    Raymond Mendoza
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "So I was adopted and I wanted to find a book I could relate to, for that I ended up buying Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born. So far I really enjoy the book I can't say much else about it but I can relate to it so far. "
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    #16Pictures of Hollis Woods

    Pictures of Hollis Woods

    Pictures of Hollis Woods is a fictional young adult novel written by Patricia Reilly Giff. This fictional young adult novel was published on May 1, 2004 by Scholastic.

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    Doris Peng
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I worked in an Alzheimer's unit nursing home, so I totally understood the young girl's struggles. This was a beautiful story of a girl who has been abandoned and placed in foster care, the woman is developing dementia. I had a lot of emotions during this book, it was a very engaging book "
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    #17A Handbook for Beautiful People

    A Handbook for Beautiful People

    A Handbook for Beautiful People is a literary fiction book by Jennifer Spruit in 2017. This contemporary novel won an Independent Publisher Book Award for Popular Fiction. 

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Summary

Best What are the best novels about adoption
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1MatildaBooks 55 Paid
2A Little PrincessBooks 51 Paid
3Les MisérablesBooks 49 Paid
4Jane EyreBooks 47 Paid
5Great ExpectationsBooks 44 Paid
6The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 42 Free
7Wuthering Heights Books 39 Paid
8David CopperfieldBooks 37 Paid
9The Secret GardenBooks 35 Paid
10Anne of Green GablesBooks 34 Paid
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