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Finding Miracles

by Julia Alvarez

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This is a YA novel by Julia Alvarez ... it's a quick read, and enjoyable, though not spectacular (In the Time of the Butterflies still remains my favorite Alvarez novel). ( )
  purplehena | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Started out kinda corny, but got interesting fast. Girl with a past trying to fit in, a person who shakes her up, a family crisis, and finally deciding to find herself. A journey to her native country, a beginning of romance, and a big happy ending with a family ceremony/celebration. I teared up, and to me that means it is a good, emotional, beleivable book.And corny as it is, I am a big fan of happy endings.

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A book for group discussion on topics of adoption, immigrants, blended families, South American conflicts, revolutionaries, genealogy.
  ramonamadalena | Aug 12, 2010 |
Finding miracles
Finding miracles is about a teenage girl that was adopted by a family and she meet a boy named Pablo and her life changed. This teenage girl is called molly Kaufman she is living in Vermont. She was failing English class so she decided to go into English class to make up those credits. She will always get these strange rashes because she couldn’t be herself. His exotic accent, strange fashion sense, and intense interest in Milly force her to confront her identity as an adopted child from Pablo's native country. As their relationship grows, Milly decides to undertake a courageous journey to her homeland and along the way discovers the story of her birth is intertwined with the story of a country recovering from a brutal history. There is this box that her “parents” will always tell her to look in which that box contained all the things about her old life which was when she was in that orphanage.
  JulianaTorres | Dec 17, 2009 |
Teen book about a Latina girl who is adopted as a baby by an American family and her journey to find herself as a teenager ( )
  shea_5 | Sep 12, 2008 |
I always forget that this word means Miracles. I just think of the movie the Milagros Bean Fields War (which I never actually saw). Quite a few (all right, two off the top of my head) of the books that I've read this past weekend deal with adolescents figuring out their place in their family mostly because they do not biologically belong to both parents.

This story, Finding Miracles, by Julia Alvarez is a lovely story about a family finding its place and the the main character figuring out her whole self, in terms of her, her family and the country of her birth. I cried.
Originally posted July 8, 2007
  kconcannon | Sep 26, 2007 |
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MILLY KAUFMAN IS an ordinary American teenager living in Vermont—until she meets Pablo, a new student at her high school. His exotic accent, strange fashion sense, and intense interest in Milly force her to confront her identity as an adopted child from Pablo’s native country. As their relationship grows, Milly decides to undertake a courageous journey to her homeland and along the way discovers the story of her birth is intertwined with the story of a country recovering from a brutal history.

Beautifully written by reknowned author Julia Alvarez, Finding Miracles examines the emotional complexity of familial relationships and the miracles of everyday life.


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Fifteen-year-old Milly Kaufman is an average American teenager until Pablo, a new student at her school, inspires her to search for her birth family in his native country.

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