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Red Thread Sisters
Contributor(s): Peacock, Carol Antoinette

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ISBN: 0670013862     ISBN-13: 9780670013869
Publisher: Viking Childrens Books
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2012

Annotation: After an American family adopts eleven-year-old Wen from a Chinese orphanage, she vows to find a family for her best friend, too.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Interracial adoption; Fiction.
Intercountry adoption; Fiction.
Adoption; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Orphans & Foster Homes
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Adoption
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2012019511
Lexile Measure: 700
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 1.00" (0.80 lbs) 236 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 155702
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 7.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q59343
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 12.0
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>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.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
When eleven-year-old Wen is adopted from a Chinese orphanage by an American family, she vows to find a family for her beloved friend Shu Ling, who is about to age out of the adoption system. This perceptive novel by a psychologist and adoptive mother vividly portrays Wen's evolving feelings about her new family and her desperate need to help her friend.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 October #2)

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.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 October)

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

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