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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  606 ratings  ·  111 reviews
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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
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Munro's Kids
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh my word. People: you need to get acquainted with Ami Polonsky's books. And I mean now. I fell in love with Gracefully Grayson and greatly admire Polonsky's skill at reining in huge contemporary topics for a middle school audience. She continues this in her newest novel, Threads. Hot dang, this book is good. I read it in under 24 hours (although it isn't a huge book) and was very pleased with it.

It's a great premise: A girl finds a desperate note in a purse written by a Chinese girl who has be
Joyce Heyman
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an emotionally resonant adventure story, a page-turning delight, with a social importance. The premise compelled me from the get-go. It is a superbly-paced story with interesting tensions within and between characters, and there is an emotional and physical urgency that compels the action throughout. Polonsky's visceral language allowed me to feel the characters' experiences deeply and guided me fluidly through landscapes both external and interior. As a former teacher, I see this book a ...more
Alan 김 승 주
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This book is so cool and since there is so much going on it kept me sucked in.
I liked all the main characters (e.g. Clara, Yuming, Kai, Jing, Li, ghost Lola), and they were very awesome.
I also liked the plot of the story, in which Clara finds a note from Yuming, who is in the pink factory China where the children are forced to work all day with no or very little rest. I also liked the fact that in the end Yuming, Jing, Kai, and Li, decide to get away themselves, and their adventu
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads, jfic
I was excited to receive an ARC of this and ordered a copy for my library 30 pages in! Reeling from the recent death of her sister Lola, 12 year old Clara is stunned to find a handwritten plea in a department store purse. 13 year old Yuming is mourning the loss of her family and terrified with the prospect of spending the rest of her life enslaved in the pink factory. How can Clara save Yuming and the other kids like her? Will Yuming escape before her note is discovered?

Although parts of the plo
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
While killing time at the mall, Clare finds a note tucked inside a purse on the sale rack. It's from Yuming, a girl who is being forced to work illegally at a factory north of Beijing. A family photo accompanies the note. Clare and her parents immediately report the note to the Chinese consulate, but Clare feels driven to do more -- perhaps because the girl in the photo reminds her of her adopted sister, who recently died. Meanwhile, at the factory, Yuming and a couple other children plan their ...more
Abigail Ng
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although the book felt slightly unfinished, the real ending was really well pulled together. The main character, Clara, is a bit of a frustrating protagonist, as it is hard to understand her real motives and her ideas. I also did not get the satisfaction of seeing the two protagonists, Yuming (the girl Clara is looking for) and Clara, meet up in the end. However, Clara and Yuming are both complex, and that is why this gets a 4/5.
Kimberly B
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this for my Teachers as Readers book club. Although there were a few parts I found unrealistic, it was a great story of finding closure and healing.
Michelle Glatt
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Engaging middle grade read. I liked hiwcthe two girls' stories were woven together--and that the author chose not to take the story in the way that readers might expect it is going. ...more
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Threads by Ami Polonsky caught my attention based on the jacket cover summary. Read my full review here Link goes live 7/21/2017 ...more
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book Threads is told in alternating chapters by two girls about the same age but in very different environments. Right away we know that Yuming has written a short note seeking help, telling how she is being held against her will at a purse sweatshop factory close to Beijing, China. She describes the conditions and provides enough clues for someone to find the factory. She then folds the note and the one photograph of her family and inserts them in the pocket of a finished purse in a bin hea ...more
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Helen Marquis
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
'Threads' focuses on the lives of two girls, who couldn't be more polar opposites - 12 year old Clara who lives in suburban America, and Yuming, a 13 year old Chinese girl forced to work in a Beijing sweatshop against her will. The initial thread that starts to weave their disparate lives together is a note that Yuming leaves in one of the purses she sews, which Clara finds in a department store in the USA.
Grieving the death of her adopted sister, Lola, a Chinese orphan, Clara becomes determined
I enjoyed the journey of how Ami Polonsky was able to thread these two girls' story lines together into a compelling story of dealing with loss, families, hardship and friendship. Both main characters were well developed and I was rooting for them both. What a great premise for alternating POV story--an American girl finds a picture and a note inside a handbag from a Chinese girl being forced to work in the factory that made the bag. I thought she tied up the threads nicely too without being too ...more
Martha Meyer
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ami Polonsky, the author of Gracefully Grayson, has written another lovely book, this time telling the story of two very different girls developing the strength and fortitude they need, while also gently exposing readers to the horrors of human trafficking (in this case, imprisoned child labor in a Beijing purse factory.). Inspiring, with a well-earned happier ending for both Yuming and for Clara.

Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ami has done it again, creating characters I want to know (and feel I do through the pages). The last chapters left me especially enchanted by this story.
Mar 29, 2016 marked it as wishlist

I loved Ami's book Gracefully Grayson so I'm very excited to read this one. :)
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's not a white savior story!!
And, it's quite good, to boot.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
When young Clara entered the mall on that swelteringly hot day, yearning for the coolness of the air conditioning and something to take her mind off of the loss of her older sister, she didn't expect to leave feeling changed. After dodging her friend in an attempt to garner some peace and quiet, Clara found herself idly browsing the handbag section of the department store. After plunging her hand into an expensive purse on a whim, she finds a note crumbled in an inside pocket next to a well-worn ...more
Janie G
Threads is a lovely book that explores separation and grieving, and unexpected connections. It focuses on Clara and Yuming as their lives become unexpectedly intertwined.

Both Clara and Yuming are dealing with substantial life changes after the deaths of family members. Their narratives explore how their loved ones are permanently interwoven into their lives despite death, separated but inseparable. Clara's story focuses on her grieving process, while Yuming's story is even more complicated. Yumi
Jan Blazanin
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
When twelve-year-old Clara finds a desperate note in department store purse, she is mourning the death of her adopted sister, Lola. Then she realizes the note comes from a factory in China and is struck by the coincidence of losing her Chinese sister and having an opportunity to help a girl in China her own age.

By the time Clara finds the message, thirteen-year-old Yuming has lost hope the note she stashed in the purse she sewed will ever be found, and she will be stuck in the pink factory outsi
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-teen-ms, classroom, own
Yuming lives in China, and after her grandparents pass away she heads out to find her brother to let him know when she gets kidnapped and taken to a purse making factory where she is forced to work and live. She takes a risk and writes a letter about her situation and tucks it in one of the purses. Clara lives in the American Midwest and finds the note while she's looking at purses at a local store. Since her sister is adopted from China, Clara immediately feels attached to Yuming and wants to h ...more
Ash Summers
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-in-2021
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Debra Dahlgren Rowand
This book plot intrigued me and although I liked it, I felt let down by the ending. It was neat to see the instances of the two main characters crossing paths but, I wanted them to actually meet up! The last scene in the park would have been the perfect chance to create an incredibly moving scene of the two girls meeting. However, I am glad that both girls got their own happy endings. Clara seemed to have found the closure she needed for the tragic loss of her beloved sister. And Yuming was able ...more
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful story about two girls and how they "connected" during times of challenge in their lives. I love that the book discusses a Chinese American adoption, and even though Lola isn't in the book physically, we certainly get to know her through Clara. The story about the child factory workers in China is especially heart wrenching to know that it still goes on today. Yuming has amazing courage and spirit that we grow to love as we know her. The ending of the book did not turn out as ...more
Carol Albert
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Clara doesn't want to go to the mall with Dahlia, but since her sister died, she hasn't felt like doing anything. She goes anyway and randomly finds a note in a purse, made in China. "Please, we need help!...22 children in here...Trapped. Working day and night on purses...We have been kidnapped..." When Clara turns the note over to her mother, they go to the Chinese Embassy, but Clara isn't convinced they will take action and she can't let it go. The point-of-view in this novel goes between Clar ...more
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Threads ultimately has two themes: overcoming childhood grief and how everyone is interconnected in some way.
Obviously I am not the age-range intended for this book, but I really did enjoy it! I thought each character also had a very fitting ending that matched what they both needed rather than what they thought they needed. Grief is hard. It is like the black abyss that Clara describes, so it was nice seeing her grow in the span of this book in order that she deals with the grief of losing her
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved Clara's concern for Yuming, and how she was able to get to China. I suppose the book was trying to (view spoiler) but a good fictional exploration of grief and dealing with loss. Yuming and Clara are both amazing young girls, brave and creative. The book shows that lives separated by culture, lifestyle, and space can still connect and inter ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because it is a 2 different perspectives story about 2 girls who live on opposite sides of the world. Yuming is a girl who is stuck in China as a slave for a clothing factory, no where to go, no way to get out. So, one day, Yuming decides to send the most precious item she carries off to America, hoping someone will come to rescue her. That someone, as in Clara, the person who gets a hold of Yuming's item. The only thing to wonder is, will Clara will follow through on Yu ...more
Margaret Harman
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yuming, stuck in a factory in China, forced to make purse after purse every day, need help and so she does something. She puts a small little note, pleading for help, in a purse, which is sent to America. Clara, living on the other side of the world, finds the note and knows she has to do something. She alerts many people, but it is not enough, and so she flys to China with her family. The one brave act that someone made changed to lives in an amazing way. I really enjoyed this book and recommen ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was a great book and I thought that it was sad as well but mostly it had a lot of sentimental feelings to it and had an interesting story and ending. I really enjoyed reading this book and was glad that I had read it. I recommend this book to anyone who likes Realistic Fiction and who likes slightly sad but mostly happy stories. I do enjoy stories that are sad for some reason but I think it's because they have a message behind it that they are trying to explain. I hope you enjoy reading Threa ...more
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