Although this book is fiction, I could tell that the author had spent time interviewing families that are created by overseas adoption. The situations and emotions the main character experiences were similar to children I know who have been adopted.
Wen is adopted from a Chinese orphanage into an American family. She was old enough to remember her birth mother leaving her at the gate. In the orphanage she meets Shu Ling and the two girls promise each other that whoever gets adopted first will help the other find a family.
This is where Peacock's research came through. She presented an accurate picture of the problems of finding a family for an older child and current adoption process.
I have to say that I probably wouldn't read this book aloud, because it is such an emotional issue for me. I can see having difficulty reading through some scenes. I definitely would recommend having my upper elementary students read it.
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