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Red Thread Sisters [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Red Thread Sisters

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Overview

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 . . .
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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."
http://www.massbook.org/massbooks2013.html
A Massachusetts Book Award Must-Read Book of 2013
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: 9781101591857
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/11/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 226,366
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 775 KB

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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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    I bought this book for my granddaughter for Christmas. She is 8

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2014

    Love it

    Best book i have ever read. My library had it at my middle school and i borrowed it. LOVE it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Best Book

    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.

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

    Author: Carol Antoinette Peacock Book: ¿Red Thread Sisters¿ In

    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.

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

    Sweet and poignant story that involves adoption - and so much mo

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Forever Beautiful

    This is an amazing book wouldent trade it for the world

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