Red Thread Sisters
By Carol Antoinette Peacock
(Viking Juvenile, Hardcover, 9780670013869, 224pp.)
Publication Date: October 11, 2012
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 . . .
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.
"My heart felt bigger after reading this story, somehow truer."
-Kathi Appelt, National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor winner
"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 and POSITIVELY
"Wen’s journey is perfectly paced as she comes to accept her new life. . . . Heartwarming and joyous."
-School Library Journal
"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."
"Wen's selflessness and determination are poignant but not overly sentimental, and the story's harsh truths about children in need are sensitively expressed."
"Beautifully developed. . . . Heartfelt yet never sentimental."
"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."
-Winter 2012 Kids' Indie Next List
A 2012 Parents' Choice Book Award winner
-Parents' Choice Foundation
A Massachusetts Book Award Must-Read Book of 2013
A 2013 Notable Book for a Global Society
-Children's Literature & Reading Special Interest Croup of the International Read