Red Thread Sistersby Carol Antoinette Peacock
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
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 . . .
— 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
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Meet the Author
Carol Antoinette Peacock is the author of a number of picture books, including Mommy Far, Mommy Near and Pilgrim Cat. An adoptive mother of two daughters from China, she drew upon her own experiences to write Red Thread Sisters. Carol lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, where, besides being a writer, she's also a practicing psychologist.
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I bought this book for my granddaughter for Christmas. She is 8 years old and in the 3rd grade. I read all books before giving them to see how appropriate they are for my grandchildren. This book is well-written and very engaging for this age group and above. It's an absolutely beautiful story which even made me cry (sadness and gladness). The story also has some very good values. It shows thankfulness for the things most of us take for granted. I am so glad that I found this book and I'm sure you will be too!
Best book i have ever read. My library had it at my middle school and i borrowed it. LOVE it
This book is the best book ever.I loved the story, and jow it was told. It would be cool if they came out with a sequel.
Author: Carol Antoinette Peacock Book: “Red Thread Sisters” In the book “Red Thread Sisters”, there are two girls named Shu Ling and Wen. Shu Ling and Wen are two girls, that are best friends and they live in the same orphanage. When they were little they promised each other that whichever girl got adopted first would find the other a home. Wen got adopted first by the McGuire family. Wen told Shu Ling that she would find her a family by her 12th birthday. When Wen got to her new home, she worried about Shu Ling not getting adopted. Shu Ling was 12 years old and she had a bad leg which disabled her to walk well. Those things about Shu Ling were major turn offs when it came to her getting adopted. Wen was worried she wouldn’t be able to find Shu Ling a family in time before she was taken off the list of kids you could adopt. Will Wen be able to find Shu Ling a family before her 12th birthday? But most of all, will she be able to keep her promise to her best friend? If not, will Shu Ling have to work as a nanny for the orphanage by herself? This book has many strengths and weaknesses throughout the book. One of the strengths in the book is how Wen keeps her determination all throughout the book to keep her promise to Shu Ling. The book shows that by saying, “…Wen would say, I have a friend who needs a home. Can you adopt her, too?” Wen has a great determination to find her best friend Shu Ling a family like she promised she would. A weakness of this book is how long it takes for the ending to come. Yes, a book needs lots of details to help it come together and make since, but I thought some didn’t need to be there. The book shows this by adding the detail about Wen going to the park and just going about her everyday life. I would recommend this book for children and teens alike. This book is a great realistic fiction book that would help kids learn the importance of friendship and being loyal to your friends, even when it’s hard and you’re in a tough situation in life. It also shows how if you love your family, you can get through anything. Friendship is one of the most important things someone can have in their life. Also, you need to have love for your family and friends and you can get through anything.
Sweet and poignant story that involves adoption - and so much more. I would highly recommend this as a "family" read. It has so much to tell and teach us all. But the story of Wen is one you won't forget.
This is an amazing book wouldent trade it for the world
It was so good i never put it down