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 believes 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 . . .
"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
Viking/Penguin, Hardcover, October 2012, ISBN: 978-0670013869