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Ben and the Sudden Too-Big Family

by Colby Rodowsky (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; ages 9-12)



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Fourth-grader Ben and his dad, Mitch, do just fine on their own. When Mitch meets and marries Casey, Ben's happy to welcome in his cool new stepmom--but when the family adopts a baby girl from China, home starts to feel a bit crowded.

"I thought well, yeah, she really is leaving a ton of stuff behind, like this whole big country and the dragon pictures and the squiggly way of writing. Even though it was sad, it was happy, too. Because now Casey and Mitch and I had this kid. Maudie."

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