A.L. Sonnichsen was raised in Hong Kong and spent eight years of her adult life in Tianjin, China. She now resides in Washington State with her dashingly handsome sidekick, five cute children, three luxury cats, and a neurotic rescue dog. Besides writing fiction, she enjoys exercise, music, watching gymnastics, preparing and eating delicious food, traveling (when she gets the chance), and singing on her church worship team. 

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A.L. Sonnichsen


Red Butterfly cover
Cover art for YA novel, THE FLIP SIDE.


Children's Author


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. 

Readers everywhere will empathize with and root for Kara as she discovers where she belongs and her true home.

Evocative first-person poems divided into three sections—“Crawl,” “Dissolve,” and “Fly”—combine with small, delicate b&w illustrations from Bates to provide a framework that helps organize the chaotic feelings 11-year-old Kara struggles to express. 

Jennifer Rothschild,

School Library Journal 

Publisher's Weekly,

Starred Review


Starred Review

Kara from RED BUTTERFLY by Amy June Bates
  • ALA Notable Children's Book

  • Arnold Adoff Poetry Award

  • Kansas State Reading Circle List Starred Intermediate Title

  • Keystone to Reading Secondary Reading List (PA)

  • NCTE Notable Verse Novel List

  • Washington State Book Award Winner

  • Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List


Kara from RED BUTTERFLY illustrated by Amy June Bates