Circle of Cranes by Annette LeBox
Penguin, 2012. 9780803734432.
Interest level: Grades 5 and up.
13 year old Suyin’s story begins with her nearly losing her life to save a young crane in the marshes of a poor Chinese village. The bond that she forms with cranes and their mystical world of He Shan is all that sustains her in her struggle to survive being smuggled across the ocean to work in a North American sweatshop and to discover her roots.