Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

RED BUTTERFLY, by A.L. Sonnichsen


The story: Kara feels invisible. Abandoned as a baby in China because of her deformed hand, she lives in secret with Mama, an American woman whose Chinese visa has long since expired, doing her best not to be noticed by the authorities. When her mother is exposed, Kara is sent to live in a Chinese orphanage. Will she and Mama ever be reunited?

Mrs. Friend’s opinion:  Ever wonder if your life would be better or worse somewhere else?  Kara wonders, and then finds out–and things turn out to be different than she ever expected.  She learns not only that it’s possible for her to live with change, but that she can refuse to be invisible if she’ll just speak out–important for both Chinese orphans, and for kids everywhere!


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