This book is a great story of adoption that many families can relate to. It has personal meaning for me as it was the first book added to my niece's book collection when she was adopted from China. It takes me back to that first summer we were able to spend with her. I believe it was a character in Inkheart (Funke, 2003) that described books as memory keepers. The mind links books we read to time periods, places, or events in our lives. This couldn't be truer in regards to this book! Despite developmental delays when first joining our family, Ty is now in first grade and is a shining example of the effect loving parents have on a young child. Many studies have been conducted on Chinese adoptees to Americans and how parents must help these children maintain their Asian identity as they mature. Some universities, such as the University of Maryland, will begin offering coursework in the "adoptee experience." These courses will help students understand the cultural rules that force families to give up children or see America as a better alternative to life in the adoptee's native land. While coursework is a good attempt at helping students find answers, no coursework in the world will compete with an open, loving relationship with parents, biological or adoptive. Library Implications: The librarian will encounter adoptive students in the library, whether American-born or of diverse back grounds. This book is a great way to start a discussion of adoption with older children. The culture of China and other countries could be studied relating to adoption. Family dynamics could also be compared among countries, and the role extended families have in various cultures. ** The topic of adoption can be very personal for some students and the librarian should consider carefully the depth of the study and perhaps even notify parents before the topic is introduced.