Red Thread Sisters

Red Thread Sisters

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by Carol Antoinette Peacock
     
 

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A poignant and compelling story of friendship, family, and love

Wen has spent the first eleven years of her life at an orphanage in rural China, and the only person she would call family is her best friend, Shu Ling. When Wen is adopted by an American couple, she struggles to adjust to every part of her new life: having access to all the food and clothes she

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A poignant and compelling story of friendship, family, and love

Wen has spent the first eleven years of her life at an orphanage in rural China, and the only person she would call family is her best friend, Shu Ling. When Wen is adopted by an American couple, she struggles to adjust to every part of her new life: having access to all the food and clothes she could want, going to school, being someone's daughter. But the hardest part of all is knowing that Shu Ling remains back at the orphanage, alone. Wen knows that her best friend deserves a family and a future, too. But finding a home for Shu Ling isn't easy, and time is running out . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The joy 11-year-old Zhang Wen feels over getting a family of her own through international adoption is dampened by her knowledge that her best friend, Shu Ling, will be left behind in a Chinese orphanage. After arriving in Massachusetts, Wen can’t stop worrying about Shu Ling, who has been deemed “unadoptable” due to her age and misshapen leg. Wen vows to find a home for her friend, but also fears being sent back to China for not being a “good enough” daughter. This quiet, intimate novel focuses on Wen’s difficult emotional journey, as she builds trust with her American family and tries to find a way to save her friend. Writing from personal experience as the mother of two adopted daughters, Peacock (who explored similar territory for younger readers in the picture book Mommy Far, Mommy Near) offers insight into the struggles of Asian children both awaiting adoption and assimilating into a new culture. Wen’s selflessness and determination are poignant but not overly sentimental, and the story’s harsh truths about children in need are sensitively expressed. Ages 8–12. Agent: Regina Brooks, Serendipity Literary Agency. (Oct.)
Booklist
"Beautifully developed. . . . Heartfelt yet never sentimental."
Winter 2012 Kids' Indie Next List
"I have never read a book that displayed the true meaning of friendship in a better way than Red Thread Sisters, and I can't recommend it highly enough."
Parents' Choice Foundation
A 2012 Parents' Choice Book Award winner
Kathi Appelt
"My heart felt bigger after reading this story, somehow truer."
Elizabeth Partridge
"A tender, nuanced novel."
Courtney Sheinmel
"A heartwarming, un-put-down-able story about the kind of friendship that is more like family."
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A Massachusetts Book Award Must-Read Book of 2013
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"My heart felt bigger after reading this story, somehow truer."
Kathi Appelt, National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor winner

"A tender, nuanced novel."
Elizabeth Partridge, National Book Award Finalist and Printz Honor winner

"A heartwarming, un-put-down-able story about the kind of friendship that is more like family."
Courtney Sheinmel, author of SINCERELY and POSITIVELY

"Wen’s journey is perfectly paced as she comes to accept her new life. . . . Heartwarming and joyous." — School Library Journal

"A moving and engaging experience for readers. A fine addition to both the coming-of-age genre and books sensitively dealing with cross-cultural adoption." — Kirkus Reviews

"Wen's selflessness and determination are poignant but not overly sentimental, and the story's harsh truths about children in need are sensitively expressed." — Publishers Weekly

"Beautifully developed. . . . Heartfelt yet never sentimental." — Booklist

"I have never read a book that displayed the true meaning of friendship in a better way than Red Thread Sisters, and I can't recommend it highly enough." — Winter 2012 Kids' Indie Next List

A 2012 Parents' Choice Book Award winner — Parents' Choice Foundation

A Massachusetts Book Award Must-Read Book of 2013 — http://www.massbook.org/massbooks2013.html

A 2013 Notable Book for a Global Society — Children's Literature & Reading Special Interest Croup of the International Reading Association

School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—When Wen is adopted, she promises that after arriving in America, she'll find a family for her best friend, Shu Ling. Leaving China and everyone she knows is hard. In addition to having to learn English and adjust to a new school, she lives in fear of being sent back and wonders why she can't open up to her new family. Things get worse when her father loses his job and extras have to be cut. Is Wen an extra? With the clock counting down before Shu Ling ages out of eligibility, Wen tries to overcome her feelings of inadequacy to embrace her new life as she learns the true meaning of friendship, family, and unconditional love. Wen's journey is perfectly paced as she comes to accept her new life. She finds common ground with her new friends in surprising and moving places and learns that letting in new people doesn't mean forgetting the old ones. While the resolution to the plotline involving Shu Ling is a bit unrealistic, overall, Wen's story is heartwarming and joyous.—Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington County Public Libraries, VA
Kirkus Reviews
A Chinese legend says that a red thread connects those destined to meet and that the thread may stretch or become tangled but will never break. Growing up in a Chinese orphanage after being abandoned by her family, Wen feels a connection like that with her best friend, Shu Ling, another orphan. Eventually, Wen is adopted by an American family, but the prospect for Shu Ling is grim: She has a deformed foot. Before Wen leaves for America she promises she will find a family for Shu Ling--imagining that her adoptive family can take her, too. Although her new family is loving and kind, Wen can't forget her promise, and neither, after her earlier abandonment, can she fully trust the Americans, leaving her in believable emotional turmoil. She tries a variety of determined strategies to find a home for Shu Ling after it becomes clear her family can't afford another adoption. Raising the suspense, Wen learns that Shu Ling will soon age out, becoming legally unavailable for adoption. Wen's palpable growth--as she begins to understand American ways and the dynamics of her family, works on Shu Ling's cause and recognizes other red-thread connections in her life--provides a moving and engaging experience for readers. A fine addition to both the coming-of-age genre and books sensitively dealing with cross-cultural adoption. (Fiction. 9-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670013869
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/11/2012
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
318,872
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Elizabeth Partridge
"A tender, nuanced novel."
Kathi Appelt
"My heart felt bigger after reading this story, somehow truer."
Courtney Sheinmel
"A heartwarming, un-put-down-able story about the kind of friendship that is more like family."

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