Posted in 2015-2016 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Red Butterfly, by A. L. Sonnichsen

Summary:  In China, a foundling girl with a deformed hand raised in secret by an American woman must navigate China’s strict adoption system when she is torn away from the only family she has ever known.

Simon & Schuster

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2 thoughts on “Red Butterfly, by A. L. Sonnichsen

  1. “Red Butterly” tells the story of a young girl whose parents abandoned her when she was young, and how she and her mother are struggling. I at first was a bit disappointed because it was written in verse, but as the story progressed, I found out it was very well-written. All of the criteria parts were filled out magnificently. I feel the story is definitely a Newbery winner, even if it is in verse. I would recommend it for ages 12+, and for grades 6 or 7, but anyone in any grade 6+ could read it and most likely enjoy it.

  2. Comment from Kayla:
    Red Butterfly was a beautiful story of a Chinese girl who deals with separation from her family and anxieties about her new family. I enjoyed reading about each character and their back stories. At first, one of the sisters seems like a brat and then you figure out why. Each character wasn’t what they seemed, except Toby, which led to one of the themes. I especially loved the writing style which was in-verse (yes!). The setting was very interesting since you had two completely different countries; China and America. I felt like I was adjusting to each country as I went along. This book could be a contender for Newbery yet I think this book is average compared to others I’ve read. I would recommend this to sixth and seventh grade.

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