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Indiebound Kids' Next, Winter 2012 Selection
Parents' Choice Recommendation
NEW! Massachusetts Center for the Book Must Read Book of 2013
NEW! Notable Book for a Global Society Choice of 2013
NEW! Subsidiary Rights to Scholastic for Scholastic Paperback School Book Club, School Book Fairs and School Market, across the U.S., Dependencies, Philippines, and Canada, September 2013-2018
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|Now available from Viking/Penguin!|
A stirring story of friendship and promises...
Eleven-year-old Wen has spent most of her life in a Chinese orphanage, where the only person she would call "family" is her best friend, Shu Ling. All Wen has ever wanted is to be adopted. But when Wen's lucky day finally comes, and she is whisked off to a suburb of Boston, she realizes she had no idea what she was getting into. Learning English is hard, and using that English to make friends with the girls at school, or to tell her new parents that she loves them, seems almost impossible. But the worst part is knowing that Shu Ling remains back at the orphanage, alone. Before she left, Wen made a promise to find Shu Ling a family of her own. But promises aren't always so easy to keep, and time is running out. . .
"This...intimate novel focuses on Wen's difficult emotional journey...Wen's selflessness and determination are poignant but not overly sentimental and the story's truths about children in need are sensitively expressed....."
"...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)"
—Kirkus Reviews (read the full review)
"....perfectly paced...heartwarming and joyous."
—Library School Journal
"Beautifully developed. . . . Heartfelt yet never sentimental."
"My heart felt bigger after reading this story, somehow truer."
—Kathi Appelt, author of National Book Award finalist and Newbery Honor Book The Underneath
"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
"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."
—Amanda Snow, Hooray for Books! Indiebound Reviewer
"With empathetic insight into the thoughts and emotions of the burdened Wen, the author has written a mostly internal, yet tense and exciting page-turner."
—Kemie Nix, Chairman Children's Literature for Children, Senior Book Editor, Parents' Choice