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Book Review: Pieces of Me: Who Do I Want to Be? Print
When a child psychologist, one whom you highly respect, recommends a book, you take note. When she specializes in adoption and attachment and the book is for adopted teens, you pay even closer attention.

Upon this professional recommendation, I asked for a review copy of Pieces of Me: Who Do I Want to Be?, a new book from adoption publisher EMK Press, edited by Robert L. Ballard. I havenít been disappointed.

The book contains articles, poems and artwork, primarily by adopted teens, along with a few pieces by older adoptees and adoptive parents. The wide variety of perspectives ensures that teen readers will find stories from others with whom they personally identify. The contents are heartfelt, and contributors share the sorrows and joys inherit with being adopted. Several worthwhile assignments encourage readers to consider their feelings through writing and artwork.

The book contains mature content and parents of young teens may wish to preview and then discuss some of the more adult topics with their children. As a parent, I look forward to sharing the book with my kids. I only wish that the book contained more articles written by boys as most are penned by girls; perhaps that can be considered in a follow-up.

Pieces of Me: Who Do I Want to Be? fills a unique gap in the book industryÖa book by and for adopted teens. Iím glad to have this resource available for my children.

Book Giveaway! (Now closed to new entries...thanks for participating!)
EMK Press has generously offered to provide one copy of this book for a giveaway.

Ways to Enter:
1. Comment on why you would like to own the book.
2. Link this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook or a forum and leave a comment here about what you did. You may do this as many times as you like!
3. Visit the EMK Press site and leave a comment here about which other book you'd most like to own.
4. Leave a comment about what you would most like to see added to the A4everFamily site.
5. Blog about this giveaway and link back to this page. Post a link to your blog entry.

On your comment, leave an email contact such as JaneDoe at gmail dot com so we can reach the winner. Entries will be chosen at random and announced on May 3rd. (Note: when you comment, you are required to enter the numbers in the code box. This will hopefully save us from spammers.)

mom to three girls
Written by Sara Austin on 2010-04-17 20:41:40
I would LOVE to win this book. Our third daughter was born in Kenya, and we lived there as Kenyan residents for a year in order to complete the adoption and bring her home. Because of the long residency requirement, very few Kenyan children are adopted by Americans. This book may help her understand that there are many, many, many others who have the same thoughts and feelings as she will someday have. What a great idea to publish a book such as this.
mom to three girls
Written by Sara Austin on 2010-04-17 20:43:13
Oops, forgot the email address.  
Adopting a 16 year old
Written by Susan on 2010-04-22 15:19:06
I would very much like to win this book. My 16 year old son is about to be finalized from the foster care system. He has spent most of his life in foster care and I'm hoping this book will help him connect his feelings with the feelings of others who have experienced adoption. He is starting to write about his life and I'm hoping this book will inspire him to continue writing. Thanks for the great site and thanks to EMK for offering this book. 
With much appreciation, 
Contest Now Closed
Written by Host on 2010-05-04 12:47:54
Winner is being contacted; thanks for entering!

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