(From the publisher):
Fourteen-year-old Jess is only just coming to terms with her father's death in a car accident. Until now she believed her mother put aside the family's plan to adopt a daughter from China. But a year has passed, Xiao Ting is ready to be picked up from her orphanage, and Jess is having second thoughts..
"No,” Emily said, laying a clenched fist on the table, "you can't. Maybe this trip to China will be the best thing for you. You'll face people and situations you've never experienced before.” Emily's voice broke off, and she smiled, really smiled. "You'll bring home a little sister, and maybe you'll start to believe that good things can come out of bad ones.”
Still walled up by grief, Jess doesn't want to hear what her best friend has to say, but within a matter of weeks she's traveling to China accompanied by her mother, seven other families, and one energetic adoption facilitator. Among her traveling companions is fifteen-year-old Winnie Moore, who was adopted from China thirteen years earlier. Like Jess, Winnie has lost a parent. Yet Jess quickly discovers that Winnie isn't quite like anyone she's ever met before…
China, too, holds many surprises. A country with a long, complex history and an uncertain future, this strange land is the birthplace of her new sister, Xiao Ting. Until she gets there, how can Jess possibly begin to imagine that she, too, will come to feel connected to a country thousands of miles from home? How can she predict what the trip and her new sister hold in store for her? How can she understand why the Chinese birth family could not keep their daughter? How can she believe that Emily's words just might come true?
Original title: Grace from China
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Family & Relationships
Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Multicultural