Red thread sisters

by Peacock, Carol Antoinette.

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Fiction j PEACOCK Carol
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Call Number  j PEACOCK Carol
Northland Public Library Children's Fiction J FIC PEACOCK
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Call Number  J FIC PEACOCK
When a girl is adopted from a Chinese orphanage, everything she knew about family, best friends, and sisterhood must change.

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 . . .
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When 11-year-old Wen is adopted by a U.S. family, she promises to find an American family for her dear friend and red thread sister Shu Ling, too. As Wen adapts to her new family and community, she never forgets her pledge, but she finds it more difficult than anticipated, as Shu Ling has a clubfoot and is 13 years old; at 14, Chinese children age out of adoption. Wen's desperate attempt to find an adoptive family drives the plot, creating palpable tension, but her evolving relationships at home and school are also beautifully developed. Her generally positive experiences with adoption agency bureaucracy strain credibility, but the support of the Internet community rings true. Most children's books on this topic are picture books featuring infants or preschool adoptees. Heartfelt yet never sentimental, this middle-grade novel provides a rare look at the problems and experiences facing older adoptees.--Perkins, Linda Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Interracial adoption -- Fiction.
Intercountry adoption -- Fiction.
Adoption -- Fiction.
Chinese Americans -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Interracial adoption -- Juvenile fiction.
Intercountry adoption -- Juvenile fiction.
Adoption -- Juvenile fiction.
Chinese Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Publisher New York :Viking,2012
Language English
Description 236 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780670013869 (hardcover)
0670013862 (hardcover)
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