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Red Butterfly

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Bates, Amy June
By (author): Sonnichsen, A.L.
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14
  JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Alternative Family
  JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Orphans & Foster Homes
  JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: February 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.62in x 5.12in
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From The Publisher*A young orphaned girl in modern-day China discovers the meaning of family in this "heartbreaking, heartwarming, and impressive debut" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) told in verse, in the tradition of Inside Out and Back Again and Sold.

Kara never met her birth mother. Abandoned as an infant, she was taken in by an American woman living in China. Now eleven, Kara spends most of her time in their apartment, wondering why she and Mama cannot leave the city of Tianjin and go live with Daddy in Montana. Mama tells Kara to be content with what she has…but what if Kara secretly wants more?

Told in lyrical, moving verse, Red Butterfly is the story of a girl learning to trust her own voice, discovering that love and family are limitless, and finding the wings she needs to reach new heights.
Review Quote*"With spare, fluid language, [Sonnichsen] creates the endearing, authentic, nuanced emotions of a girl stuck between two worlds and brings to light a foundling's hope and determination. An adoption story that's rich in family complexities and that readers won't abandon."
Review Quote*"Readers everywhere will empathize with and root for Kara as she discovers where she belongs and her true home."
Review Quote*"Sonnichsen creates a palpable sense of yearning for home and this heartbreaking, heartwarming, and impressive debut."
Review Quote*"Sonnichsen's sparse narrative in free verse moves Kara's life along with deliberate sentiment, effort, and loyalty. Sympathetic readers will appreciate that Kara learns to build trust with those who demonstrate their compassion in constructive attempts to right some of the wrongs of her difficult beginnings."
Review Quote*"Both an individually compelling tale and an acknowledgment of the complexity of adoption..."
Review Quote*"Red Butterfly is raw honesty interwoven with hope, as layered as life itself. This book deeply moved me."