Sweet Sixteener Gail Shepherd recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener A.L. Sonnichsen about her MG contemporary novel-in-verse debut, RED BUTTERFLY (February 3, 2015 from Simon & Schuster BFYR).
Raised in Hong Kong, A.L. Sonnichsen grew up attending British school and riding double decker buses. As an adult, she spent eight years in Mainland China where she learned that not all baozi is created equal. She also learned some Mandarin, which doesn’t do her much good in the small Eastern Washington town where she now lives with her rather large family.
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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.
RED BUTTERFLY is available for purchase at Amazon, Powell’s, Books A Million, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.