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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  1,067 ratings  ·  80 reviews
A searing Holocaust novel based on a true story.

Twelve-year-old Eva and her sister have been forced to leave their home in Poland and are imprisoned in a Nazi labor camp. There they must spin thread on treacherous machinery to make clothing and blankets for the German Army. As Eva struggles amid ever worsening dangers to save her life and that of her sick sister, readers w
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published April 1st 2000)
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Chelsea
This book is based on what happened to two Polish sisters during the Holocaust. Eva, 12, is the youngest of the sisters and joins her sickly sister Rachel at a camp after her father's request to. Rachel was captured during a raid by the Nazis while in a Jewish ghetto and taken to the Nazi labor camp. Eva's father has some influence with the Nazis and finds out Rachel is safe and decides Eva will be safer there than in the ghetto. The sisters work in a textile mill with dangerous machines, mostly ...more
Jocelyn L.
“Torn Thread” By Anne Isaacs tells the story of Eva, a young Jewish girl from Bedzin, Poland. In the beginning, 12-year-old Eva is living in a Jewish ghetto with her father and her older sister Rachel. When Rachel is taken by Nazi soldiers, her father uses the connections from his job to find out that she has been sent to a labor camp in Parschnitz, Czechoslovakia. He asks for Eva to be sent there as well, because then he’ll know that she’s safe with her sister, and she’ll be less likely to be ...more
Columba703
This book is so amazing and sad. I really liked it. It's horrible what hittler sent out to do :( I hope that this would nenver happen, ever!
People say that when your young life your life to the fullist,play have fun and enjoy your self because when your older you can't because you have to work and have many responsibilities to take on. But in this book it wasnt like that. 12 year old Eva and her sister Rachel had to work in a nazi labor camp. It's horrible what they had to do there. They weren'
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Anthony
The book was about a girl named Eva and her older sister named Rachel. At the begining of the book, Eva and her sister live with their father in a Jewish ghetto in Poland during World War II where they struggle to survive , living in a small attic with small rations. Rachel has weak lungs and a weak immune system which affects her for the worst through the entire book. One day, as Rachel is walking to their Aunt and Uncle's house, she is taken by the Nazi's in a raid and sent to a labor camp. A ...more
Katrina
Torn Thread by Anna Isaacs, is a book that takes place in a work camp located in Czechoslovakia. The two main characters, Eva and her little sister Rachel, must find a way to stay alive for "one more hour" as her father told Eva to do. All the characters in the book are believable because they are based off of real people that really existed. The setting and plot may not be authentic, but the author makes the reader believe that it is. This first person narration has a wonderful design and style ...more
Lei Koopmans
Torn Thread by Anne Isaacs

Torn Thread, written by Anne Isaacs, is a tragic story about Eva and her sister Rachel. Near the beginning of the book, the Nazis raid Rachel, but Eva is soon to follow as she was sent by their father to take care of the both of them in the Jewish concentration camp. At the camp, they must work in a factory from morning to dark only spinning threads and taking care of bobbins that need taking care of. The get very little to eat everyday, and get sick easily due to the
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Isaac Prime
Feb 23, 2014 Isaac Prime added it
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My understanding of the story is that the author was trying to tell the reader what it was like during the holocaust. The author tried to point out how devastating it was and how people went through hard times. By telling a story about a family who actually experienced what it was truly like for them being Jewish and going to a concentration camp, the author was able to express the thoughts of the victims and what it was like for them to witness or be part of the awful mistreatment the Nazis sub ...more
Terricragunmac.com
This book tells of two young Polish sisters who are sent to a Nazi work camp - the oldest is twelve years old - and are forced to make clothing for German soldiers. It is a true story that shows how the human spirit can overcome extraordinary odds and survive by sharing the goodness that is in all of us.
Kati Patterson
The book, Torn Thread took place in 1943, while a big war is going on. Rachel and Eva (sisters) were always right next to their dad, scared they would be taken by the Nazi's. When a raid started, Eva bolted inside, but Rachel stayed right where she was and was taken by the Nazi's. Their dad arranged something where Eva could go work for the Nazi's so they could take care of eachother. when she got there, she traded things sge knitted for extra food. Things were going well, until Rachel got very ...more
Daniel L.
Not All Is Quiet on the Western Front

Bedzin, a small town in southwestern Poland, once had a thriving Jewish community. During the Holocaust, the Nazis ensured that this town would be "judenrein," ethnically cleansed of Jews. This beautifully written, very sad novel, tells of one girl, Eva, who was forced to work in a labor camp and the utter humiliations she had to endure. However, as with most Jews during the Holocaust, her will to survive was ever strong - hope is always present even in areas
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Jess
Mar 19, 2014 Jess added it
Anne Isaacs did a wonderful job with writing this story!
The two sisters in the story, Rachel and Eva, were wonderful characters. Rachel is the eldest of the two girls, but is very prone to illness, leading to Eva to taking over the eldest spot. Throughout the whole book, Eva is constantly worrying about Rachel's health.
Before the sisters left to this camp, their father gave them life-saving advice. "Try to live another hour." This advice is the motivation for the two sisters to keep going and
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Linda C
In June of 1943, 12 year old Eva is living in an attic room with her sister, Rachel and her father, in the Jewish ghetto of Bedzin, Poland. Sickly 14 year old Rachel is out getting their bread ration, her first day out after an illness, when she is gathered up in a raid by the Nazis. Eva's father finds out through his sympathetic employer that she was sent to a labor camp in Czechoslovakia. When additional raids take more people and to unknown locations, he arranges to have Eva sent to the same ...more
Alicia Davidson
I read this book first when I was about 10. I loved it when I was 10 and I still love it now that I am 22! I will never forget this book, being one of my first books introducing me to the love of historical books. It was sad, but so very interesting and I learnt a lot. This should be a book children should have to read in school!
Ashley
Thorn Thread by Anne Isaacs is a fiction book about the Holocaust. It is about a twelve year old girl, Eva, and her father and sister had been forced to leave their home in the Polish town of Bedzin to a tiny attic room in the Jewish ghetto. Eva’s life takes a terrifying turn when she and her sister are torn from their father and imprisoned in a Nazi work camp in Czechoslovakia. In the camp, Eva was forced to spin thread on treacherous machinery to make blankets and uniforms for the German army. ...more
Natalie R.
It was a very good and detailed book about the holocaust. I would reccomend this book to anyone who read the boy in the stripped pajamas and liked it. It was probably one of the best books I've ever read and I would read it again
Julie
Creative Non-fiction

This biographical account of Eva and her sister's survival experience during the Nazi occupation of Poland, and their eventual immigration to the United States is written in a way that will appeal to young adult readers. Eva and her sister are deported to a Nazi work camp in Poland (Bergen-Belsen) where they work in a textile factory. Facing starvation and terrible work experiences, they survive to see themselves liberated at the end of the war and share the experience. Those
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Alicia
A fresh and interesting look into the Holocaust from two young girls' perspectives. Written by the daughter-in-law of one of the survivor's, Rachel and Eva must band together to overcome the hardships at camp Parschnitz. The girls must travel miles to work and back to camp, but survive against the threading machines, food shortages, and sickness.

"Even now, there is sometimes a choice, a chance to act. Each choice may not mean much. It may only grant you another hour. But that is one hour closer
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Sharon
This is a slightly different look at the holocaust. These girls were sent to a work camp by their mother to keep them 'safe' from the concentration camps. They had a slightly better experience in terms of having shelter, blankets, hot water (sometimes) and a bit more food (at least in the beginning) than people in the death camps. But they had to work and work was in a textile mill several km. from the camp and they had to walk, even in the bitter cold of winter.
This is a true story and at the
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Caitlyn
This is a story, one of many that tell the horrors of the Holocaust, from a prisoner's point of view.
Kim
A book that demonstrates the depths of human courage and the will to survive, teens would enjoy this story of two sisters struggling to survive in a work camp during the final few years of World War II. The descriptions of the terrible conditons that the sisters (Eva and Rachel) endure along with the other women of hte camp adds to the authenticity of the story.

I'd promote this book to teens as part of a display theme based on World War II and the horrors it engendered. Really, I'd recommend thi
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Jadyn
Can you believe that the Holocaust actually happened? If you didn't know this book is about these 2 sisters who were taken to a Jewish Labor camp in Parschnitz, Czechoslovakia. All I really need to say is this captured the real horrors and awfulness of the Holocaust. Also, probably best book I've ever read, check it out!
Eva
This is a young readers book but is a well written story for readers of all ages to enjoy. This is a true story describe the life that two jewish girls had to leave while surviving life in a prison camp under Hilter's rule. This is just another story that tells us we must never forget the holucust and the horrific ordeals that the Jewish and others had to leave through while that crazy Hitler was in control. As long as these stories are being told and people rememember there will never be anothe ...more
Josh
Feb 01, 2012 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens
Shelves: teens
This is the true story of two Jewish sisters who were taken from their home in Poland and put into a German slave labor camp from June 1943 to May 1945. It was written by one of the sisters' daughters-in-law. It is not a happy story, but it is a worthwhile read. It only took about 3 hours to read it. I find the history of Nazi Germany to be endlessly fascinating. It seems impossible to me that people can be so cruel to fellow human beings. I cannot fathom it.
Saskia
Torn thread is about 2 sisters living through world war 2. When Rachel gets ripped away from the ghetto she lived in with her dad and her little sister and gets put in a concentration camp, her little sister ______ follows her. _______ has to work and fix torn thread and make it whole again. Will Rachel and _______survive or will the situation get even worse. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Your eyes will get glued to the pages.
Catherine
Although this book is considered fiction, it is based on the experiences of the author's mother-in-law and other prisoners of the camp at Parschnitz. The story is well told and echos the words of Victor Frankl and his experience that there are only two races of people - those who are good and those who are bad. I recommend this book to anyone who feels that the events of WWII should never be repeated.
Sophie
This book was kind of scary, and sad. It's about 2 little, Jewish girls being sent off to a labor camp in the Holocaust. People are dying everywhere, or if you take one wrong step, you get sent to Auchwist Concentration Camp, or get starved, etc. It was very heartfelt and a cliff hanger on the end of some chapters, but I would only give this book 4 stars.
Tina
Wonderful yet very touching story of 2 sisters forced endure the Holocaust in Germany. Relying on their father's advise "Try to live one more hour" held them together and allowed them to survive. I've been wanting to read this book for a long time - a unit on Tolerance at school gave me the excuse to grab it and read it.
Amanda
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This book is really great so far can't wait to finish it:)

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Great book! I love reading books about the Holocaust; I find them so very interesting. They are sad as can be but it is so interesting how people could be that cruel. I also have a love for history so I love this book.
Colleen
I read this book when I was 11, but it is something I still hold with me to this day. This is the book that truly got me started with reading for fun and interested in history. I checked it out from the library almost every month to re-read it and see if there was something I missed in the story of the sisters.
Janet
This book is based on the life of Eva who is 12 when she goes to a Nazi work camp after staying in an attic in the Jewish ghetto. She and her sister Rachel do whatever they need to do to make it through 'one more hour' as their father instructed them.
Heartbreaking and inspiring, this is a great book!
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