Threads (Hardcover)

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Clara and her parents are mired in grief for her older sister, adopted from China, whom they lost to cancer. At the mall one day, Clara aimlessly reaches into a handbag on display – only to find a note pleading for help from Yuming, a child imprisoned in a factory in China where the bag was made. Clara knows immediately that she was meant to rescue Yuming and the other children in the factory. The story, told back and forth from each child’s perspective, is riveting and deeply moving.  What a wonderful opportunity for American kids to get an eye-opening look at the bitter reality of some of the world’s children. The absence of a contrived happy ending (but a thoroughly satisfying conclusion nonetheless) sealed the deal for me.

- Banna

— From Banna's Recs

Clara and her parents are mired in grief for her older sister, adopted from China, whom they lost to cancer. At the mall one day, Clara aimlessly reaches into a handbag on display – only to find a note pleading for help from Yuming, a child imprisoned in a factory in China where the bag was made. Clara knows immediately that she was meant to rescue Yuming and the other children in the factory. The story, told back and forth from each child’s perspective, is riveting and deeply moving.  What a wonderful opportunity for American kids to get an eye-opening look at the bitter reality of some of the world’s children. The absence of a contrived happy ending (but a thoroughly satisfying conclusion nonetheless) sealed the deal for me.

- Banna

— From Books for Middle Grade Readers

Description


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.






About the Author


Ami Polonsky (www.amipolonsky.com) is a reading and writing tutor, mother to two young children, and author, among other things. A former Language Arts teacher and literacy coach, she remains passionate about guiding children toward a love of books and helping create lifetime readers. Ami lives outside of Chicago with her family.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781484746905
ISBN-10: 1484746902
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: November 2016
Pages: 256
Language: English