Oppel tackles a timely topic: what defines a family? Is it humans, actions, language? Readers will identify with Ben's coming-of-age story and the unique ways he deals with situations all teens face. Ben is a wonderfully developed character, his witty imagination a product of a time when rec rooms, pinball, and BB guns were accessories in life.  Half Brother is highly recommended for all young adult collections. While it may not appeal to all teens, those who do read it will be rewarded with a funny and exceptional story they won't soon forget. 5Q 4P J S


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