Frank, E. R.
New York : Atheneum Books
for Young Readers, 2002.
doesn't get a very good start in life. Born to a crack addicted mother,
he was put up for adoption. A nice, white couple took him in and
loved him until his skin gave away his mixed heritage. But then,
their nanny, Mrs. Harper took him in and loved him for who he was.
America was loved and America was safe. Mrs. Harper played hide and
seek with him and she always found him. Just before he was to start
Kindergarten, Mrs. Harper decided to adopt him for real and make sure he
would never leave her. That's when things started going wrong.
America's mother decided she wanted to visit with him before the adoption
could be legalized. What was supposed to be a weekend visit turns
into a life changing experience as America gets lost in the system.
Left on his own with two brothers he never knew, America does what he has
to in order to survive. America begins to believe that he is a boy
who gets lost easily and is not worth the trouble of finding. Will
America ever find his way back to Mrs. Harper? Will he ever be found?
What will life offer him?
Emotional problems -- Fiction.
Racially mixed people -- Fiction.
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