In these middle-grade books about adoption, you’ll find orphaned kids, kids in the foster care system, kids being fostered by grandparents or other family members, and those adjusting to being newly adopted. Most of the books on this list are contemporary middle-grade books, but after majorly crowdsourcing titles on Twitter, I’ve also included a few repeatedly mentioned fantasy titles at the end of this post.
Cyrus Olson does not think he’s “brave like that.” He’s not brave like his adoptive firefighter father who was also a star football player in his day. Although he plays football for his school team, he does not enjoy it, and would much rather be doing something else, but he’s afraid to let his dad (and the town that knows him to be an Olson) down. But Cyrus gets some motivation to stand up for himself and his desires when a dog is abandoned at the fire station (just like Cyrus was).