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Kidsday: Our growing family

Aug. 30, 2012 was anything but relaxed for my Aunt Tina. With her bags packed, she was on her way to China. I tried to show as little emotion as possible that day so my cousin Maya would not be upset to see her mother go.

Ever since 2007, my mom, my brothers, Maya, Aunt Tina and I have all been living in our house in Oakdale. Now, our family was going to grow.

My aunt loves kids, but she also loves making a difference. That is why in 2007 she adopted Maya from China.

In 2011, my aunt was determined to adopt a needier child, but everything changed when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since she had to pay for treatment for her disease, she was unsure if she would be able to afford another chance to get a child. After 10 months of fundraisers and garage sales, she was finally able to go to China to adopt my new cousin, Jake.

I tried keeping Maya occupied as best I could and helped her not worry about her mother as much. As I said before, my aunt wanted to help a needier child from China. So my aunt applied to adopt a child with disabilities. When we got the results back, we saw that Jake, an adorable, but deaf, 3-year- old, would be the new addition to the family.

Sept. 9, 2012, was one of the most exciting days of my life. I remember sitting on the front stoop of my house and watching for my aunt and Jake to come around the bend in our street. They pulled into my driveway, and Maya ran to the car to greet her mother. Jake was asleep in the car. When he woke up, we had a big welcome-home dinner.

Having seven people living in one house was hard to adjust to. It has also been hard trying to communicate with Jake because I have to use sign language. So far, I have learned the signs for food, drink, bathroom, cooking and other gestures like pointing in a certain direction.

Regardless of how noisy my house is, I am so happy that my aunt and Jake are home.

'The Time-Traveling Fashionista'

"The Time-Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette" by Bianca Turetsky (Poppy) is a historical fiction book that would be good for girls with a great interest in fashion who like to read a bit of history.

I think girls ages 10 to 14 would enjoy it a lot. In the book, Louise tries on an exquisite robin's egg blue gown during a visit to the mysterious Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale and is transported to the court of Marie Antoinette.

This book was well written and easy to understand without knowing a lot about the French Revolution.

--Kidsday Reporter Taylor Grandfield

CLASS OF THE WEEK: Marie Amella-Pesko's eighth-grade English class, SAYVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL

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