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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, go
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Viking Juvenile (first published October 11th 2012)
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Carol Peacock
Jun 22, 2012 marked it as books-by-carol-antoinette-peacock  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book! Red Thread Sisters will be published on October 11, 2012. Hope you love it!
Amytiger
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Such a lovely book! I fell in love with it the first day I started reading it. I think it demonstrates the true meaning of the Chinese legend of a red thread connecting two people no matter what.
It starts out at a Chinese orphanage and tells of the main character, Wen, and her life growing up with her "sister". But she doesn't have a real one. Only a brother that she never knew, but on the other hand, replaced her. Sad, man. Sad. Anyhow, Wen got over that and nestled her self in a new life at th
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Diana Renn
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written, emotionally stirring middle grade novel that readers of all ages can enjoy. Wen is adopted from a Chinese orphanage by an American family, and she's determined to keep her promise to Shu Ling, her best friend from the orphanage, and find Shu Ling a family too. Shu Ling's club foot and her age (13) make her an unlikely candidate, it seems, but Wen goes to great lengths to advocate for her friend. I learned so much about the complexities of international adoption (pa ...more
Abby
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it
WIIA: A Chinese orphan who becomes adopted, has to get used to American life and her new family, but mostly about her trying to find a home for her friend in China also a orphan.

Pros: Sweet book, inspiring. The author was mediocre, but I enjoyed reading.

Cons: I would gauge the reading level to more geared for 9-12, so some parts we somewhat boring. It was sad to here about how Wen, the orphan was left by her mother! I cried :(

Iffy: This is a clean book, divorce is mentioned, but unfortunately
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Ariana Burr
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Four words: I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! this book made my heart do little jumps of joy when I read it. At some parts I felt like I would never be able to put the book down!:)
Iris
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wen is getting a new family in America but she has to leave Shu Ling at the foster home, she makes a promise to get her a new family. Wen has problems being with her family, she doesn't understand and is scared that she will be sent back. She is waiting for the sign but once she gets it she wants to help her friend but her dad gets laid off and she doesn't consider her family her real one. Time is running, will Wen be able to keep her promise?
I love this book because it is interesting and I have
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K'monie Chaviesss
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.” Carol Antoinette Peacock’s book Red Thread Sisters, was wonderful because it gave off a longing, heartwarming feel and gives hope to the reader. This book if foot stomping awesome.
This book uses a different point of view than most books. This story is told through the point of view of the main character, a young Chinese girl na
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The Styling Librarian
Red Thread Sisters by Carol Antoinette Peacock – Realistic Fiction, 4th grade and up – I just loved, no hated, no loved reading the perspective of an impoverished child living in an orphanage in China, getting adopted by an American family, and committing to her best friend that she would find her a family as well. The angst and the anxiety this brilliant author put me through during the book was so powerful. I felt guilt over not knowing about some of the organizations for supporting children. ...more
Aamani
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Gabrielle
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I really liked this book. I guess I had never really thought about how truly terrifying it must be to be an adopted older child and have to start over in a country where nothing is familiar. Wen was a great character and I wanted to hug her and tell her everything was going to be okay.
Amber
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a cute story of adoption and acceptance! This will definitely be a book I recommend to all my students!
Annalise Bowman
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Red Thread Sisters is a book about Wen, an orphan in China. She is adopted by an american family with a young daughter after eight years in the stuffy and crumbling orphanage. Before she embarks she says goodbye to her only friend Sheng Lu. During that sentimental time Wen promises to find Sheng Lu an american home. When she gets to her new house in America discovers a new language that she will half to learn. One day Wen calls her old orphanage and talks to Sheng Lu and finds out that she will ...more
Adrianna Wesley
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age: 10+ years old
Summary: "Red Thread Sisters" is a book about a girl Chinese orphan Wen, who gets adopted by an American family. Her best friend the orphanage, Shu Ling has to stay back in the orphanage while Wen goes with her new family. The girls must deal with being apart and Wen tells Shu Ling that she will find her a family in America. Wen has to deal with all the cultural changes and overcome especially the language barrier with her and her family. The whole time
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Maliha K.
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Maliha Khan
October 2, 2015

Book Review on Red Thread Sisters by Carol Antoinette Peacock

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Red Thread Sisters by Carol Antoinette Peacock is a realistic-fiction book about A eleven year old girl, named Wen who gets adopted and makes a promise to her best friend Shu-Ling that she would get her adopted by the time she turned twelve years old, but time is running out for Wen. Shu-Ling is turning fourteen and at that age you can’t get adopted anymore. Wen tries to find a new home for Shu-Lin
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Leah Jackman
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Red Thread Sisters is about two girls in an orphanage in China who have grown up together and become best friends, Wen and Shu Ling. They have never been anywhere but the orphanage and are approaching the age where no one wants to adopt them because they are too old. But one day Wen gets adopted and moves to Boston in America. Wen promises Shu Ling that she will come back for her and find her a family for her to love soon too. When Wen gets to the states she is faced with the struggles of missin ...more
Molly
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is about two girls who are both orphans and live in a old rundown, dumpy, orphanage. They find each other, become great friends and almost become like sisters, but when only one gets adopted and go's to the United States to a good family and the other one gets kicked out of the orphanage and has to live out on the streets the other one try's the hardest to find her and give her a good family here! Can she do it, ok will she fail and let down her best friend! Read this book to find out ...more
Kim Tyo-Dickerson
Compelling portrayal of international older child adoption. Wen, newly adopted from China, is 11 years old and struggles to connect to her new family, her mom, dad and younger sister, who was also adopted from China but as a baby. While trying to be brave and a good daughter so that her parents won't send her back, which is her greatest fear because that happened to another child at the orphanage while she was there, Wen also desperately wants to be reunited with her beloved friend in the orphan ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
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Brenna
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wen is an 11 year old who has just been adopted by an American family. She is over filled with excitement but has a hard time being excited because she had to leave her friend Shu Ling behind. Before she left Wen promised Shu Ling that she would find her a family. Wen experiences all different types of things that are part of our American culture. She desperately wants to keep her promise to her friend; she even searches for a family at the local McDonald’s. Time is running out because Shu Ling ...more
Kenya Jackson
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wen, an 11-year-old Chinese girl, has spent her years in an orphanage located in China. Her and her best friend/ mei-mei (sister), Shu Ling, are running out of time before being able to be adopted. Wen receives the opportunity to have a family in the U.S., and promises Shu Ling to find her a family. Wen goes through many adventure type ways in order to find Shu Ling a proper family.
I can relate to Wen's younger sister in her new family, because of her excitement towards Wen. She always wants to
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Jacquelyn Hoogendyk
Wen is an 11 year old who has just been adopted by an American family. She is over filled with excitement but has a hard time being excited because she had to leave her friend Shu Ling behind. Before she left Wen promised Shu Ling that she would find her a family. Wen experiences all different types of things that are part of our American culture. She desperately wants to keep her promise to her friend; she even searches for a family at the local McDonald’s. Time is running out because Shu Ling ...more
Meg S
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Red Thread Sisters" By Carol Antoinette Peacock is really good. It is about a girl named Wen. Wen is eleven years old. She lives in an orphanage with her best friend Shu Ling. When Wen's big day to get adopted comes, she has to leave Shu Ling. Wen promises her that once she gets to America she will find a family for Shu Ling. Right before Wen is about to leave Auntie Lan Lan (a worker at the orphanage) says to Wen on page 15 that "Its a very old story that goes like this: There is an invisible ...more
Katie Levin
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Red Thread sisters by Carol Peacock is a heartwarming story about Wen, a young 11 year old girl who has lived her whole life in an small orphanage in a rural part of China. Here, she grow up with her best friend, Shu Ling in which they have made a promise to each other that whoever gets adopted first, will find the other one a home too. Soon after, Wen is adopted by a family and she is moved from China to her new home in America with a new mom, dad and little sister Emily. This story focuses of ...more
Tazendra
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread-book
I first came across this in my (sort of) old school library, and it was one of the books to read in a book competition that I entered, and this one looked interesting, so I decided to try it.

It was wonderful!! Really gripped my heart and mind!!

Spoilers Ahead

Positive: I loved the WHOLE thing, but what made it special the most was the characters, and the story. I really like Wen, and her experiences with being in a new family especially, and her being determined to get Shu Ling a family before ti
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Taylor Shanda
Red thread sisters follows a young girl from china who is adopted by an American family. She leaves behind her best friend who is close to aging out of the foster care system. As she leaves for America, she vows to find a home for her friend so that they can be together once again. Upon arriving to America, she has no understanding of English and has trouble communicating with her family. She wants to get to school as quickly as she can however. As she struggles to adapt, she tries to connect to ...more
Kendall R
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Shanthi D
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Red Thread Sisters by Carol Antoinette Peacock is a really touching book. This book is about Wen, a girl who was abandoned outside a childrens orphanage in China by her mother when she was a toddler. Wen gets adopted by a family who lives in America, and she remembers her promise to her best friend Shu Ling from the orphanage, which was that whoever got adopted first would find a family for the other. I think that this is a very sweet thing for these friends to do. Wen starts a quest to find an ...more
Steve
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Genre: Young Adult Novel / Realistic Fiction

This is the compelling story about a little orphan girl. She has been alone for her whole life except for her lifelong friend that has been with her every step of the way. But now, Wen has been adopted by a family in America and things are about to drastically change. This book would be categorized as realistic fiction because it uses real places but made up characters. It is amazing how the book incorporates the organizations around the world that ar
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Salina King
Dec 09, 2014 added it
Shelves: t-l-307
Red Thread Sisters is about two girls who live in an Orphanage in China. When an American family adopts one of the girls she is forced to leave behind the only world she has known and her best friend. She promises to find her friend an American family to adopt her and that they will be together again. When the girl travels to America she is forced to not only adapt to life in a new country but also to life with a new family. This story is a great one to use to bring another culture into the clas ...more
Melissa Morton
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: tl307-spring2014
After spending most of her life as an orphan, Wen gets adopted by an American family. She is ecstatic to finally have a family of her own, but she had to leave her best friend Shu Ling behind. After living the American life Wen feels that she must find Shu Ling a family, too. She must act fast, though, because Shu Ling is running out of time to be adopted.

I feel that introducing this book to children who have been adopted could help them see new perspectives on the issue. Reading about another c
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I grew up in Maryland, in a suburb outside of Washington D.C. I am the oldest of three children in a family who loved books. I wanted to be a writer since I was eleven. Decades later, I am now a practicing psychologist and author of six books. I earned a BA at Cornell University, a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Psychology at Boston College.

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