Review: Adopted Ed by Darren Maddern

Meet Ed

Ed is just like you and me. He has two loving parents, friends, and loves to play. Unlike me (but maybe not you), Ed was adopted when he was just a baby. His parents didn’t keep this information from Ed and his friends called him Adopt-ed Ed. Life was good.

Then one day, some kids started teasing Ed because he was adopted. He told him mom about the teasing and she offered him comforting words and a new outlook. He returned to school with a renewed pride and stopped the bullies in their tracks.

As time went on, Ed became curious about his biological parents. Through it all he knew he was very lucky and very loved.

Adopted Ed is a charming story for parents to share with their children.

The illustrations by Erin Fusco are almost caricature-like and add dimension to this fun and informative read. At the end of the story you will find a list of famous people who were adopted, too.

About the Author

Darren Maddern is just one of the many millions of adopted people throughout the world today.

Born in England, Darren was adopted when he was only 10 days old by Don and Dolly Maddern, an American military couple who were stationed at an American Air Force base just outside of Oxford.

The Madderns made the decision to tell Darren he was adopted at an early age.

Like many adoptees, Darren became curious about his birth parents. Sympathetic to the feelings of his adoptive parents, when Darren turned 18, he secretly hired a private investigator to learn the address of his biological grandparents, who were still living in the Oxford area of England. He contacted them through a letter and enclosed a separate letter with the request that it be passed along to his biological mother. Shortly thereafter he received a phone call, and knew immediately who it was from the accent on the other end. This was the first contact with his birth mother.

To this day, Darren still enjoys a close relationship with his British family. He also had an extremely close relationship with his adoptive parents, who always encouraged his journey through life.

Throughout his life Maddern has been asked about being adopted. Through candidly sharing his story, he’s helped many adoptees, parents of adopted children and parents considering adoption.

ADOPTED ED is dedicated to both his adopted and biological parents with a special dedication to his mom, Dolly Maddern who passed away in 2000 and his pops, Don Maddern who joined her in 2009. It’s also dedicated to every adopted man, woman and child to remind them that they too are indeed – SPECIAL.

What a wonderful story by this first time author! In a world where being different has always brought about its amount of criticism, fear, and questioning Darren has found a way to bridge the gap and explain that our difference don’t have to be met with taunting, but can actually bring us closer together in understanding.


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