What would you do to help a friend?
Friendship and family are the themes of Red Thread Sisters by Carol Antionette Peacock. Wen, an eleven year old girl who has spent the majority of her life in a Chinese orphanage, is suddenly adopted by her forever family and moves to Boston, Massachusetts. Wen is bewildered by her conflicting feelings of joy over being adopted, and sadness that she must leave her best friend, Shu Ling. Wen and Shu Ling have been the only family either of them have ever known, and it’s heart wrenching to leave her behind. Wen promises to find Shu Ling her own forever family so she too can move to America. Of course, that’s not an easy task.
Carol Peacock bases some of the background of the story on her own experiences adopting her two girls from China. If you would like to learn more, please read this interview with Carol Peacock. I thoroughly enjoyed this realistic fiction book, especially this ancient Chinese legend, included in the beginning of the book, and woven throughout the story.
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.
The legend really made me stop and think about the people who have become important parts of my life. They are my red threads. Who is your red thread? Leave a comment and let me know. In the meantime, please send enjoy the book trailer. Red Thread Sisters is one of the 2015 Battle of the Books selections.