Threads – written by Ami Polonsky

41xhufmcogl Threads – written by Ami Polonsky, Disney Hyperion, 9781484746905, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  realistic fiction

What did you like about the book?  Clara is a 12-year-old girl who has just lost her adopted sister to cancer.  Coincidentally, she finds a note in a purse at the mall that beckons for help. The note is from a young girl in China, named Yuming, working in a sweatshop with other children- and this is her chance to get help.  Clara and her parents do what they can and tell the Chinese consulate of this girl who needs help- but this isn’t enough for Clara.  So she comes up with a grand plan to go to China to say goodbye to her sister but what her parents don’t know is that she really wants to try to help Yuming.  What eventually happens changes both of their lives forever.  The story is very well written and really tugs at your heartstrings.

Anything you didn’t like about it? nothing

To whom would you recommend this book?  I would recommend this to who like realistic fiction.  A girl would probably like this story more than a boy, but it would be good for either.  Some read-a-likes are “Paper Wishes” by Lois Sepahban and Ami Polonsky’s book “Grayfully Grayson.”

Who should buy this book? schools and public libraries

Where would you shelve it?  juvenile fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:  Laureen Cutrona, Townsend Public Library, Townsend, MA

Date of review:  November 22, 2016

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