Red Thread Sisters
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, go...more
Red Thread Sisters is a moving novel about a young girl, Zhang Wen, who, at 11 years old, is adopted from a Chinese Orphanage by an American couple. The culture is rich in this novel, and it’s not surprising that it was chosen as a Notable Books for a Global Society (NBGS). Adoption is always a difficult topic to breach, is it is selfless in the act but sometimes difficult to acclimate the adoptees. Especially for Wen, who had to learn a new language and culture while also building a relationshi...more
Wen is very happy to be leaving the Chinese orphanage where she has lived since her mother, who didn't have enough money for two children after Wen's brother was born, left her there. The one sadness she feels is leaving her good friend Shu Ling. She promises that she will find a home for Shu Ling and they will be together in the US. Wen likes her new family well enough, but has some trouble believing that her parents and sister Emily really love her and will not abandon her, especially when the...more
What a lovely middle grade book. Wen is a girl from China who is adopted from an orphanage at age 11. As much as she has always wanted a family, the book shows how much time and effort and trust it takes for the relationships to evolve. And even though life is much better in America than in the orphanage (depicted as poor but not bad), it is still different and it takes time to adjust. Wen's parents have their own challenges, but never waiver in their patience or love. The focus of the plot is...more
Eleven-year-old Wen has been adopted from a chinese orphanage, but had to leave her best friend Shu Ling behind. Wen loves America and promised her friend she would find a family for her, too, but Shu Ling, who has a crippled foot might not get adopted, and time is running out. Although the cover picture depicts teenagers, Wen is only 11. Good information about the Chinese orphanage system, but not much on how those adoptions really work. This was an enjoyable read, however, the book wasn't mem...more
Wen and Shu-Ling have grown up together in a Chinese orphanage. When Wen is adopted by a family in Boston she is both elated and saddened; happy to have a family, sad to leave her best friend behind. Wen discovers that life in America is not all that easy and she misses Shu-Ling dreadfully. She vows to do everything she can to get Shu-Ling adopted too.
Sweet story about inter-racial adoptions. I liked it fine but sometimes it seemed like things were resolved too simply. Good addition for...more
Wen is an eleven year old girl who has spent most of her life in a Chinese or...more
--Will probably read again.
However, as an adoptive parent, I'm not sure it paints a completely realistic picture of international adoption. Yet it does raise important issues about the adjustments children need to make, especially when adopted at an older age. And it should do a great job making middle school children aware of issues related to adoption, and hopefully make some of them more open to considerin...more
My first book, Hand Me Do...more