In foster care.
In juvenile prison.
Growing up with puppies.
Living in a box on the street.
Being kicked a lot.
Sleeping outside under stars.
He's been hungry at some time in his life.
He never gets enough to eat.
He thinks he won't get another meal.
He hates the food in his new home.
They don't know where they began.
They are the only adopted children.
They are the only children of a different race at school.
They feel they are the only unloved children around.
That had been her last name before "Baker".
It was the name of her favorite fantasy character.
Castillo was a favorite cartoon character.
One of her friends suggested the name.
Of a crazy kind of smile he makes.
He always looks at his shoes.
He pretends to be angry.
He won't meet anyone's eyes.
She gets a math answer quickly.
She kicks a goal in soccer.
She sings in the shower.
She reads aloud in front of the class.
She loves Ms. K. and doesn't like change.
She is afraid of the fifth-grade teacher.
She thinks fifth grade will be too hard for her.
She's afraid Emily and Jon will be disappointed.
An attempt to trace their history through the foster care system
A chance for Elena to have her dad to herself without Julian and Flora
An exercise in bonding with Julian and Flora before the new baby is born
To satisfy the court order for Elena to have her dad alone for two weeks