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Threads
by Ami Polonsky


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The day twelve-year-old Clara finds a desperate note in a purse in Bellman's department store, she is still reeling from the death of her adopted sister, Lola.
By that day, thirteen-year-old Yuming has lost hope that the note she stashed in the purse will ever be found.
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Overview
To Whom It May Concern: Please, we need help
The day twelve-year-old Clara finds a desperate note in a purse in Bellman's department store, she is still reeling from the death of her adopted sister, Lola.
By that day, thirteen-year-old Yuming has lost hope that the note she stashed in the purse will ever be found. She may be stuck sewing in the pale pink factory outside of Beijing forever.
Clara grows more and more convinced that she was meant to find Yuming's note. Lola would have wanted her to do something about it. But how can Clara talk her parents, who are also in mourning, into going on a trip to China?
Finally the time comes when Yuming weighs the options, measures the risk, and attempts a daring escape.
The lives of two girls--one American, and one Chinese--intersect like two soaring kites in this story about loss, hope, and recovery.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781484746905
  • ISBN-10: 1484746902
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publish Date: November 2016
  • Page Count: 256
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - Asia
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-09-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

China is a long way from Evanston, Ill., but perhaps not as far as Polonskys heroine, Clara, thinks. After all, Claras older sister, Lola, was born there, and the whole family visited Lolas birthplace just a few years ago. Now, Clara is 12, and its has been two months since Lola died from leukemia. The family is deep in grief when China reenters Claras life via a note she finds in a pursewritten by a 13-year-old girl kidnapped to work in the factory where it was produced. Desperate to save Yuming, Clara persuades her parents to travel to China once again; they agree, hoping the trip will help Clara find closure after Lolas death. Meanwhile, Yuming doesnt wait to be saved, and in increasingly tense chapters, she joins forces with others in the factory to escape. By letting Clara and Yuming tell their stories alternately and showing the risks both take, Polonsky (Gracefully Grayson) delivers an affecting story of connections that cross international lines: the objects we use, the geography we traverse, and the families we make. Ages 812. Agent: Wendy Schmalz, Wendy Schmalz Agency. (Nov.)

 
BookPage Reviews

Intersecting stories, shockingly different lives

Clara didn’t even want to go shopping in the first place. But when the 12-year-old finds a mysterious note in a department store handbag, she feels compelled to act. The note, written by Yuming, a desperate girl in a Chinese sweatshop, begs for someone to rescue her from her captivity inside the “pink factory.”

Clara is dealing with the recent death of her adopted Chinese sister, Lola, and Clara believes she was meant to find the note: She couldn’t save Lola from cancer, but maybe she can save Yuming. After all, isn’t that what Lola would want her to do? Clara tells her parents about the note, but is convinced she is Yuming’s only hope. So after convincing her parents to take a trip to China—under the ruse of honoring Lola’s heritage—Clara attempts to find Yuming, who has planned an escape of her own. 

Ami Polonsky’s Threads is a powerful story, told through Clara and Yuming’s alternating perspectives. Both girls have soul-wrenching missions, both are willing to risk everything to accomplish them, and both ultimately need each other more than they think they do. Their intersecting stories speak of loss, but also of hope and the realization that we are more alike than different. All we want is respect, connections and a chance to be heard—which both Clara and Yuming come to realize.

 

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