Red Butterfly


Product Details

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.1 X 1.2 X 7.6 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

A.L. Sonnichsen grew up in Hong Kong and then spent eight years as an adult in China. She now lives in Washington State with her husband and five children. Red Butterfly is her first novel. Learn more at

Amy June Bates has illustrated books including the Sam the Man series; Sweet Dreams and That's What I'd Do, both by singer-songwriter Jewel; and Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan. She is the author-illustrator of The Big Umbrella, which Booklist raved, "A boundlessly inclusive spirit...This open-ended picture book creates a natural springboard for discussion." She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three children.


"Red Butterfly is raw honesty interwoven with hope, as layered as life itself. This book deeply moved me."--Carolyn Starr Rose, author of MAY B.
"With spare, fluid language, [Sonnichsen] creates the endearing, authentic, nuanced emotions of a girl stuck between two worlds and brings to light a foundling's hope and determination. An adoption story that's rich in family complexities and that readers won't abandon."--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"Readers everywhere will empathize with and root for Kara as she discovers where she belongs and her true home."--School Library Journal
"Sonnichsen creates a palpable sense of yearning for home and this heartbreaking, heartwarming, and impressive debut."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"Sonnichsen's sparse narrative in free verse moves Kara's life along with deliberate sentiment, effort, and loyalty. Sympathetic readers will appreciate that Kara learns to build trust with those who demonstrate their compassion in constructive attempts to right some of the wrongs of her difficult beginnings."--Booklist
"Both an individually compelling tale and an acknowledgment of the complexity of adoption..."--The Children's Bulletin