Dan is a shy, quiet foster child who has been moved from home to home for as long as he can remember, so when the Knox family decides to adopt him, Dan doesn't dare believe that this new, almost perfect home is permanent. Mary Kate is the Knoxes' only daughter, a bright, outspoken girl who is determined to prove to her parents that they only need her, and the new baby that is on the way.
Like a vivid assortment of snapshots that tell a story, the short chapters of this highly engrossing novel shift back and forth between the perspectives of Dan and Mary Kate. Eventually both children adjust as they deal with the many complex reactions brought on by this adoption, and Dan finally becomes-in a very real and moving way-a member of the family.
Original title: The Handle and the Key
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Family & Relationships
Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Social Issues→ Adoption/foster Kids