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The women’s suffrage movement is in full swing in 1912 Portland, Oregon—the last holdout state on the West Coast. Miriam desperately wants to work at her father’s printing shop, but when he refuses she decides to dedicate herself to the suffrage movement, demanding rights for women and a different life for herself. Amidst the uncertainty of her future, Miriam’s attention i
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Published February 1st 2012 by Ooligan Press
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Lisa Ard
Ruth Tenzer Feldman makes the jump from non-fiction to fiction with Blue Thread, the coming of age story of Miriam Josefsohn, a sixteen-year old Jewish girl living in Portland, Oregon in 1912. This is the height of the women's suffrage movement in Oregon and Miriam is swept into it, after meeting two women running a millinery shop.

Miriam finds herself stuck between two worlds. The first is a new daring arena where women make their own decisions, they work and they seek equal treatment under the
Tara Chevrestt
This is def an interesting read. Never read anything quite like it. That's a point in its favor. This is like Jewish fiction, and why not? Christians have their own fiction, clean, entertaining stories with subtle religious themes or stories.

This one follows a Jewish girl in 1912 Oregon. She has a horrid, domineering father and a submissive mother who "knows her place". Until a prayer shawl with a blue thread and a time-traveling companion from Biblical days appears, there's no way Miriam would
1912, Portland. Miriam is a young woman who desperately wants to work at her father’s printing shop and has been mustering up the courage to ask him for a chance to prove herself. For the past months, she has been reading about printing, practicing on her own and is full of innovative ideas. Unfortunately, her parents have other plans for Miriam and she finds herself having to enter the marriage market against her will. Meanwhile, the women’s suffrage movement is spreading and although her paren ...more
Anne Osterlund
Miriam Josefsohn is many things: a daughter, a jew, a suffragette. She hopes one day a printer. But the year is 1912 and that day may never come if Miriam’s parents have their way arranging her future.

The future, though, is a flowing concept for the women of the Josefsohn family. As is time itself.

When Miriam learns of her unique inheritance—a special shawl woven with a blue thread—a gateway to the past opens. And perhaps an even more powerful gateway to the future.

Like Miriam herself, The Blue
Sylvia McIvers
Miriam wants to be a printer, just like her daddy. She has a book of printing fonts in her bedroom, and imagines creating such lovely posters, menus, and bills that people line up at the door of her print shop door. Unfortunately for her, Daddy doesn’t believe that girls are able to do the work, and intends someday to leave the shop to Miriam’s younger cousin Albert. Mama doesn’t believe girls need an education. This fall, instead of going to school again as she wants, Miriam will leave Ohio to ...more
It's not every day that I come across a historical Jewish time-travel novel with a female protagonist, so I had to read this based on the premise alone, and I'm glad I did. It was an enjoyable read. Some people have already discussed the novel's plot, so I will focus instead on the little things I really enjoyed. I haven't read a lot of YA lately, but I'm familiar with the genre, so it was refreshing to see a protagonist whose parents actually existed in the foreground instead of drifting in and ...more
I loved this book. Blue Thread caught my attention because it’s a mix of young adult fantasy and Jewish historical fiction, with a plot centering around the women’s suffrage movement in Portland, Oregon. I’d never heard of a book with a mix of all those elements, so it was promptly added to my reading list.
And boy, am I glad I did. The book pulled me in from page one. Not only is Miriam an awesome, strong female protagonist, but she’s a very likeable and relatable character, even though she’s se
I had fun reading this book and think that if makes for a great beginning to a fun new series. Miriam is very likable and is a great role model for girls to look up to. She is smart, resourceful, and doesn't let the very male dominated world of the early 1900's stop her from doing what she wants to do. Despite her father's obvious negative feelings about the Women's Suffrage movement, Miriam gets involved in the fight while simultaneously teaching herself the printing business (and often using t ...more
Gayle Francis Moffet
"Blue Thread" is a historical YA novel with a smattering of science fiction. Miriam is a 16-year-old Jewish girl in Portland, OR on the eve of the 1912 state vote for women's suffrage. Her parents are old-fashioned in their ideas and their goals for their daughter, and their continued attempts to make her conform to their way of thinking is weakened not only by the suffragettes Miriam meets, but also by a time-traveler who comes and asks for her assistance. You see, Miriam comes from a long line ...more
Blue Thread is the story of Miriam Josefson. She lives in 1912 Portland, OR at the height of the women's suffrage movement. Her father owns a printing shop, which Miriam loves to visit and hopes one day to run. But her father is determined to have Miriam marry well and live life as a proper lady. It seems that no matter how hard Miriam tries, she will not sway her father. Then fate intervenes. One day a mysterious girl named Serakh appears to Miriam and tells her that her great-grandmother's pra ...more
Hylary Locsin
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Being a well-to-do girl in 1912 Portland, Oregon doesn’t give sixteen-year-old Miriam Josefsohn the freedom to choose what kind of life she leads. Her strict German-born father insists that Miriam be a proper young lady, which means that she will never be able to work a job, cannot get involved in politics like the women’s suffrage movement, and needs to focus on what’s important: getting married
Blue Thread is an inspirational YA adult novel to girls of all ages. I loved the main character Miriam; a strong female that made me wish I could have been a suffragette back in the early twentieth century. The book is an interweaving of two separate stories on different time lines; The 1912 women's struggle for the right to vote in Oregon, and women's struggle to acquire the rightful inheritance to their land in the time of Moses. Through the power of her grandmother's prayer shawl, she travels ...more
Loved this book! So privileged to be one of the proofreaders for the electronic version at Ooligan Press. Be sure to check out its new companion volume, The Ninth Day. I went to Ruth's reading recently and enjoyed the two parts of that book that she read. Ooligan claims it doesn't accept genre books, but this is the second time travel series they've published (the first was about Abraham Lincoln, and it didn't spark my interest enough for me to get past the first of the three). Shouldn't time tr ...more
This is a clever YA novel based in Oregon in 1912. Telling the story of sixteen year old Miriam Josefsohn who wants to grow up to work in her father's print shop in a time women were still struggling to get the vote.While suffragette narratives are not normally my thing, Blue Thread also contains a surprising twist tied up in time travel and a little known story in the Bible. Through this bizarre contact, Miriam finds herself the inspiration behind these ancient figures, and finds the strength w ...more
Deena Anreise
First and foremost, this is a YA novel about the strength, resilience, and courage of women and girls. There are Jewish undertones, but they seem to serve the historical fiction aspects of the novel more than any overall religious bent. What I enjoyed most was the tie-in to Oregon's suffrage movement in 1912 (which celebrates its centennial this year), and the headstrong protagonist's very contemporary desire to be more than what men and greater society think females should be. This is an extrem ...more
When this author decided there would be time travel in her book, she didn't just go a few decades into the past, she went biblical. It's kind of sci-fi YA with religious undertones which is not normally my kind of book, but I enjoyed learning more about Oregon's past and the history of women's rights. I was concerned that the religious aspect would interfere with my ability to enjoy the story, but it didn't. The book uses characters from the Bible to enhance the story, but it does not push any t ...more
Sep 08, 2013 Toni rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women, historical fiction, book groups
Recommended to Toni by: Grandma
This was another book given to me by my grandma that had been autographed by the author.

When I first picked this book up to read, I figured it would focus around women’s suffrage during the early 1900s, but I could not figure out the blue thread part. I was surprised to find a couple of components in this book: (1) the story takes place in Portland, Oregon, (2) the main character and her family are Jewish, which explains the blue thread part of the story, and (3) the story line has a bit of mys
Time travel, women's suffrage and letterpress printing techniques come together in this intriguing new book.

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Set in Portland in 1912, the year that Oregon women got the vote, Blue Thread is about Miriam, a teen girl who wants to become a typographer and who becomes a suffragist despite her patriarchal father's disapproval. Miriam travels back in time, makes friends with other young women, and comes to stand up for her beliefs.
I had some issues with the narrative structure..felt like the time-travel story line and the suffrage movement in Oregon storyline belonged in two different books. Definitely lots of feminist content here guessing our discussion will focus on quality.
Karen Zacharias
I have a friend who is 97. Hard to conceive the world into which she was born, the one in which women had no voice, no vote. Ruth Tenzer Feldman does a terrific job of recreating that not-so-long-ago story.
Feb 10, 2014 Deb marked it as to-read
"The women’s suffrage movement is in full swing in 1912 Portland, Oregon—the last holdout state on the West Coast" 2013 Oregon Book Award Winner
I liked it, once I got into it. You'll have to wait for my official review in a future issue of School Library Journal.
Ruth's debut book from Ooligan Press at PSU.
Women's suffrage and a time travel element to ancient Israel.
Sarah Sullivan
Not what I expected, but engaging. The historical parts are better than the fantasy parts
Fine and interesting concept, but a little meandering and overly long.
Jun 02, 2013 CLM marked it as to-read
Interesting that this is on the summer reading list for Sasha Obama!
Nov 10, 2013 Laurie added it
Recommended to Laurie by: SLJ
Set in Portland, Oregon in 1912. !!!
Toni Cooper
Apr 25, 2013 Toni Cooper marked it as to-read
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Ruth is an award-winning author of books and articles, mainly for children and young adults. She has been an attorney, editor, research analyst, ticket seller, and keypunch operator. Her 10 nonfiction books focus on history and biography, while her articles range from leeches to Einstein’s refrigerator. Blue Thread, her forthcoming historical fiction/fantasy for young adults, entwines the struggle ...more
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