Join author Carol Antoinette Peacock as she celebrates the launch of her new middle grade novel, "The Red Thread Sisters" (Penguin/Viking 2012), at Newtonville Books in Newton Centre. The book, for ages 8 and up, is a story of friendship, family, and love. In the story, the main character, Wen, has spent the first eleven years of her life at an orphanage in rural China, and the only person she would call family is her best friend, Shu Ling. When Wen is adopted by an American couple, she struggles to adjust to every part of her new life: having access to all the food and clothes she could want, going to school, being someone's daughter. But the hardest part of all is knowing that Shu Ling remains back at the orphanage, alone. Wen knows that her best friend deserves a family and a future, too. But finding a home for Shu Ling isn't easy, and time is running out. During the event, the author, who is the adoptive mother of two Chinese daughters and a psychologist, will read from her novel and answer questions. There will also be a raffle for prizes. Sun., Oct 14, 2 p.m. Ages 8 and up. Free. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Rd., Newton Centre. www.newtonvillebooks.com
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