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Red Butterfly
by A. L. Sonnichsen and Amy June Bates


Overview - A young orphaned girl in modern-day China discovers the meaning of family in this inspiring story 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.  Read more...


 
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More About Red Butterfly by A. L. Sonnichsen; Amy June Bates
 
 
 
Overview
A young orphaned girl in modern-day China discovers the meaning of family in this inspiring story 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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781481411097
  • ISBN-10: 1481411098
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: February 2015
  • Page Count: 400
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Alternative Family

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-12-01
  • Reviewer: Staff

Evocative first-person poems divided into three sections—“Crawl,” “Dissolve,” and “Fly”—combine with small, delicate b&w illustrations from Bates to provide a framework that helps organize the chaotic feelings 11-year-old Kara struggles to express. Mysteries pervade her life: although ethnically Chinese, she lives in China in near poverty with her Caucasian mother, hiding her misshapen right hand in long sleeves, speaking English at home, unable to attend school. Mama promises that someday they will live with Kara’s father in Montana, but for now: “Don’t ask me,/ Kara,/ don’t ask me.” Piecing together her story, Kara realizes Mama discovered her, an abandoned baby, and stayed in China illegally to raise her. After this transgression is discovered, Kara finds herself in an orphanage as her Montana parents vie with another family to adopt her. Sonnichsen creates a palpable sense of yearning for home and belonging (“I want to explain, but/ I can’t make my mouth form words./ How a place so beautiful/ can make me feel so sad”) in this heartbreaking, heartwarming, and impressive debut. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Kate Schafer Testerman, KT Literary. Illustrator’s agency: Shannon Associates. (Feb.)

 
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