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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

     "Torn Thread" by Anna Issacs is an historical fiction

     "Torn Thread" by Anna Issacs is an historical fiction novel that tells a story of the holocaust when Nazi's attack in the Polish town of Bedzin. Two sisters, Eva and Rachel are taken away from each other when German soldiers were rounding up Jews in the ghetto. After Rachel was captured, she was sent off to a camp in Czech. When Eva's father heard of this, he came to the conclusion that Eva would be safer than hiding out with him in the ghetto. He then arranged for her to be sent off to the same camp as her sister. Before Eva left he told her, “Do whatever it takes to keep you and your sister alive for one for hour.” With these words in mind, she is determined to do whatever it takes to survive with Rachel in the horrific conditions they’re kept in and the forced harsh labor they’re entitled to. Do Eva and Rachel survive? Does their father survive? When will the nightmare end? Every page leaves you urging to flip to the next.  I highly recommend this heart wrenching, courageous book to young readers out there who are especially intrigued by the talk of the holocaust. This book is an example as to what the Jews had to go through making you appreciate all the little things in life.
    -Linh T. 

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

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    This was a really great book!

    I really enjoyed this book because I am facinated by the Holocaust and what happened in that time period. I've read some other really good books like this one too. I recomend this book to middle school readers and to students looking for something to read that really happened in real life. I hope that others will enjoy this book as much as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2008

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    I have read this book twice in the past year. I am 12 and this book fascinated me! It's about 12 year old Eva and her sister Rachel. Rachel is taken in a raid and her father arranges for her sister to go to the camp Rachel is at to help take care of her. It's all about 'Keeping her and Rachel alive one more hour' as their father would say. A GREAT BOOK FOR ALL AGES!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

    Holocaust realities

    I really found myself interested in this book because it is so sad and yet so courageous. It really hurts me to know that this kind of thing actually was able to happen right here under our noses and yet some people still refused to believe. I would not read this to younger children, maybe fifth grade but it is still somewhat of a large scale horror for younger audiences. I would look for different ways to lead up to the introduction of the book and then when the children are fully ready, read this book to them. Excellently written!!!! Eva. Isaacs, Anne. Torn Thread. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 2000.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    Torn Thread

    This was a story about two sisters who lived with their father. One sister, Rachel, was very sick and Eva cared for her. When Rachel is finally able to go outside for the first time Eva sees a German soldier capture her. ¿Rachel! Run!¿ Eva screams to her feeble sister. Their father arranges for Eva to be sent to the same place where Rachel is. Eva wants to go and make sure her sister is okay. Is Rachel still alive? Will the sisters ever be reunited? This book is a great tale of the true strength of family and women specifically. This book would be appropriate for readers ages 10 years and older. I really liked this book it was well written. Anne Isaacs is the author and was born in New York. She now lives with her husband and three kids in California. This is a fictional tale of the life of Anne¿s mother-in-law, Eva. Isaacs, Anne. Torn Thread. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 2000.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2007

    Torn Thread

    This book is about a family going through terrible time during WWII and the Holocaust. Eva and her sister Rachel lived with their father. When they were made to move to the ghetto and then Rachel was caught by the Nazis and she was sent to a camp in Czech. After Rachel was caught her father decided to send Eva to the same camp, hoping that it would help Rachel and two can stick together. After the Russians won, the two sisters were barely alive. Read the book to find out how they stayed alive and if they had help from the inside. Issacs, Anne. Torn Thread. New York: Scholastic, 2000.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    Torn Thread

    I thought that this was an amazing book. Out of the books I have read this semester, Torn Thread is my favorite. The holocaust was a horrible experience for many people, but I have grown up not knowing the whole story. While reading this book and Hidden Child, I have learned a great wealth of knowledge about the situations for Jews during the Holocaust. Torn Thread is about all of the experiences that Eva, a little Jewish girl, went through during the Holocaust. When her sister Rachel was taken to a camp, not long after, their father decided it would be safer for Eva to go the a camp like Rachel rather than keep hiding. During this time, many families tried hiding from the police. They didn¿t want them to come arrest them, so they kept very quietly and didn¿t go out much at all. When Eva gets to this camp, her sister Rachel finds her. They are fed very small portions of food, walk to work, and work very hard all day long in factory-like atmospheres. The story is told from Eva¿s point-of-view, so by the end of the book I felt like I knew her. She describes their living environments and how Rachel is very sick. Because Rachel was malnourished, it took her a long time to get better. This is a great book and I strongly suggest this book. Torn Thread is a very educational book and Eva is used as a character that is easy to relate to. The author of this book was Anne Isaacs. She was born in Buffalo New York in 1949. She lived there until she went to college in 1967at the University of Michigan. There she acquired her degree in English Literature and a degree in Environmental Education. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay area. As a child she was shy and would get lost in a world of her own imagination. She began writing and trying to get a book published when she had children. Isaacs, Anne. Torn Thread. New York: Scholastic Press, 2000.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    Torn Thread

    This book was riveting. The moment I began to read I was hooked. Once I started the book I did not put it down until I was finished. I am usually not a fan of historical fiction, but this book changed my mind. This is the story of two sisters who had nothing to cling to but each other. They were separated when German soldiers captured Rachel and took her away to a work camp. Eva was devastated. Later her father found out where Rachel was. He arranged for Eva to go to the same camp in fear that she would be killed at another camp if caught. The sisters reunite and push on together through the hardest times in their lives. The story of their courage and strength is amazing. The only thing that keeps them going is their concern for each other. This book shows the amazing bond between sisters and the astonishing power of love. Isaacs, Anne. Torn Thread. New York: Scholastic, 2000. Reading Level 6.3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2007

    Torn Thread

    ¿Torn Thread¿ by Anne Isaacs was published in 2000. Isaacs was born in 1949, in Buffalo, New York. She attended the University of Michigan, and received degrees in English Literature and Environmental Education. She, her husband, and their three children currently live in California. ¿Torn Thread¿ is a wonderful book. It is about a young girl Eva, her older sister, Rachel, and their father. They use to live in a Polish town, but they were forced to move into a tiny attic in a Jewish ghetto by the Germans. Eva looked out for her sister because she was very sickly. For the first time in a week, Rachel got out of bed and wanted to go to her aunts to wash her hair and get fresh air. Eva was worried about letting her go, but Rachel finally convinced her that she would be ok, so she thought. She left the apartment and shortly after, Nazi guards came through to round up several Jews. ¿Rachel! Run!¿ Eva screamed, although there was nowhere for Rachel to go. ¿Run!¿ Rachel was caught, was shoved into one of the army trucks, and was taken away. Ever since this tragedy, Eva prayed for Rachel to be safe and back home soon. One day, Eva¿s father found out that Rachel was ok and that she was put into a Nazi work camp. He tells Eva he has arranged her to join Rachel to not only keep herself safe, but so that she can take care of Rachel as well. Eva didn¿t want to leave her father, but she had no choice. The next day, Eva and her father walked to the train station. She got on the train and was soon off to the Nazi work camp. Will Eva be reunited with her sister? Just how bad is this Nazi camp going to be? This books genre is historical fiction. I was hooked from the second I started reading this book. Believe it or not, but Eva is Isaacs¿s mother-in-law. Eva told Isaac her hard, cruel experiences during the Holocaust and that¿s how this moving story developed. ¿Torn Thread¿ is a very useful book to teach a history lesson, and without a doubt, I would definitely recommend this book to not only teachers, but to everyone. This book definitely touched my heart. The age range for this book is 12 and up. Isaacs, Anne. Torn Thread. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2000.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2007

    Torn Thread

    Torn Thread is a novel about Nazi invasion on a Polish town of Bedzin. Anne Isaacs does a wonderful job illustrating the horrible conditions and treatment of the Jews on the camps. Facing terrible winters, poor shelter conditions, and short feeding supply ... will Eva and her sister survive and return home to their father? I recommend this to the 4th grade reading level or above. Isaacs, Anne. Torn Thread. USA: Scholastic Inc. 2000.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2007

    A Great Book

    I haven't even finished this book yet and I jusy love it! I would deftly recomend this book to anyone. It's one of my favorite books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2007

    a reviewer

    I did not like this book at all. I thought it was really boring. It was the worst book I ever read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Historical Review Torn Thread

    Have you ever wondered what it was like for the Jews during the time of WW II. This heart wrenching book will make you feel like you was there. It is all about a girl named Eva, who lived in Bedzin, Poland. She, her sister Rachael, and their papa all lived in a very small apartment in the Jewish slum after Papa was forced to give up is candy business and their house by the Nazi soldiers. One night, Rachael, the older sister, went out and got snatched up by some soldiers in a raid. No one knew where they went until one of the people Papa knew was able to find out that she was at the labor camp in Parschnitz, Czechoslovakia. Papa arranges it so that Eva can go be there with her sister, and so that she will be a little safer than she is in Bedzin. When she gets there she finds her sister and together they make it through many different struggles together and with their friends. In the end when the girls are finally liberated from the German forces the girls have been worked so hard and neglected so bad that, then fourteen-year-old Eva is thought to be a granny when a Russian soldier says, ¿You should be smiling grandmother!¿ This is a great read for kids from the age of 12 and up. I myself absolutely loved the story and highly recommend it. The books author, Anne Isaacs, was born in 1949 in Buffalo, New York. She stayed there till she went to college at the University of Michigan. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Isaacs, Anne. Torn Thread. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 2000.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2006

    A Great Story

    The Holocaust was worse that anyone could every have imagined, but this book brings a small portion of its horrors to life. In this book by Anne Isaacs it details the life of two young sisters that were ripped from their homes and forced to live in work camps and make blankets and uniforms for the very soldiers that were treating them so badly. In this horrible true story of their lives they were forced to live practically on top of one another, live off far from adequate rations, and walk 5 to 10 miles to the factory they worked at, no matter what the weather was. Throughout this painful tale girls continuously were getting too weak and sick to work and was either dying or being shipped off to a place called Auschwitz to be killed, because they were no longer useful. All of this brought the horrors of the holocaust to life. This story was wonderfully told and is a great heart wrenching tale. The author of this book, Anne Isaacs, was actually the daughter-in-law of the character Eva Buchbinder in the story. She wrote this story because she thought the tale of bravery in such a horrible situation was too good to not pass on to later generations. She said that she at first worried about her children reading her story about their grandmother and other family members, and wondered about the way that it might affect them. However, as she continued to write this story she said that she came to realize that this was the way that her children were meant to meet their unknown and remarkably brave family members.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    Torn Thread

    Imagine, you're rather young, and you've just been taken away from your family, home, and friends to go work in a factory, where you don't get the sleep, or food you need to stay healthy. That's what Anne and her sister Rachel had to go through during World War II, just because of their religion and beliefs. Anne Isaacs does a wonderful job of recounting the events she went through in the years they were in the prisoner camp. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys History, or those of you who teach History in middle or high school!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    The most important book I've read in a long time!

    This is a heart-breaking story about two sisters during the Holocaust. Eva and Rachel get separated when Rachel is caught by German soldiers and taken to a work camp. Their father finds out where Rachel is being held and sends Eva to be with her. This book brought so many insights to me about the Holocaust. It helped me understand the horrors that these individuals had to live through. I felt like I really knew the characters. You will cry right along with them. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Torn Thread

    Torn Thread by Anne Isaacs is an enlightening historical book about a young girls life before, during, and after WWII. Anne sits and remembers life before Germany invaded her town, making candy in her fathers shop while playing a game of chess. She had drawn the board on the floor and carved the figures out of pieces of wood. Now she is crammed into a small apartment room with her father and sister, because of orders from the Germans. She knew that while her life was bad, it could get worse at any moment. Fear was ruling her life, along with the rest of Jews. One day, her sister Rachel, decided to visit their uncle. Anne didn't want her to go, she had been sick, and she didn't want anything to happen to her sister. Letting her sister go she realizes that her sister forgot her coat, running after her, she soon finds her selfs hiding from the Germans and watching her sister being taken away. Soon after her sister is captured, her father makes a deal with the police, and Anne is soon reunited with her sister at a labor camp. At the camp, many things happen, but she never looses hope. Her sister becomes ill, she watches friends pass away from disease and hunger, she even finds herself in the hospital after a horrible accident at the factory. The only hope that any of the girls have, it rumors that help is on the way. After several months of waiting for help, hope begins to fade, along with the what little life the girls have. Soon life in the camp begins to get worse, and the two sisters are fighting even harder to stay alive wondering what was going to happen next. Anne Isaacs was born in 1949, in Buffalo, New York. She attended the University of Michigan, where she received degrees in English Literature and Environmental Education. She began writing after she had children of her own and began reading children's book. As a child she had read adult books, such as Little Women. She married one of the main character's son, which was her inspiration for Torn Thread. I really enjoyed reading this book, the hope that women, men, and children held onto is unbelievable. There aren't many books available, were so much emotion is involved. It is truly inspiring to see the strength of the people involved. Your heart just opens up to each and every character as if you were there. This book is wonderful for children and adults and offers more information about what really happened than any school history book. You don't need pictures to show what happened, the authors details are enough. Grade:6th and up Isaacs, Anne. Torn Thread. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2000.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Historical Fiction

    The Holocaust during World War II was one of the worst recorded events of the history of this world. Millions and millions of people were killed just because of their religions and their ways of life. In this book, Anne Isaacs follows the lives of two sisters, Eva and Rachel, who, along with their father, were forced from their home in Bedzin, Poland and forced to move into a tiny attic in a Jewish Ghetto. Then one day the situation became a lot worse when Rachel was captured and taken to a work camp for girls. The father wanted to make sure that the two sisters could help each other to survive the war, so he made arrangements and had Eva sent to the work camp so that she could be there for her sister (for Rachel was a very sickly girl). At the camp, the girls were forced to make clothing and blankets for the German soldiers under the supervision of the Nazi soldiers. While at the camp, they lived practically on top of each other in barracks and all they had to eat were rations of not near enough `very low quality food¿. They worked six days a week, Monday through Saturday, and every day, they had to walk half way to the factory and half way from the factory no matter what the weather was like (and it was a long walk). Eva tried to do everything she could to help her and Rachel stay alive, and she even continued to tell herself, ¿God wouldn't have helped us for so long only to abandon us in the end.¿ But even so, both girls ended up facing their own health battles, and they didn¿t even know if they were fighting for a life they would get back. When would the war end, they wondered, and would they survive it? Torn Tread is a truly inspirational work of historical fiction which depicts many of the horrors that the Jews had to go throughout the Holocaust. Rachel, and her sister Eva had pretty much lost everything, but they were able to stay alive for they had each other for support. They could have just given up, but they didn¿t because they had the will to live, even in the worst circumstances. By the time I finished the book, I was in tears. I couldn¿t even imagine having to go through what the Jews had to endure. This book gives the reader a great lesson about what the Holocaust was really like through the eyes of two young girls who had to live through it. Anne Isaacs was born (in 1949) and raised in Buffalo, New York. As a child, Anne was very shy and she was usually lost in her own little world of imagination. From the fourth grade on, she basically buried herself into reading books (she read Little Women very often). In 1967 she left New York and went to Michigan where she attended the University of Michigan and received her degrees in English Literature and Environmental Education. It was not until Anne had children of her own that she started to write books. Anne Isaacs lives with her husband, Samuel (who happens to be the son of Eva Buchbinder ¿one of the two sisters in Torn Thread) in the San Francisco Bay area. Isaacs, Anne. Torn Thread. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2000. RL: Ages 12 and up, Grades 6 and up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2006

    My Review

    Eva seems accustomed to and has reluctantly accepted her family¿s new life in the Polish ghetto. However, her world is suddenly turned upside-down when her ill sister, Rachel, is seized by Nazis and taken to a labor camp in Czechoslovakia. Eva and her father¿s thoughts are instantly consumed with finding Rachel and devising a plan to bring her back home safely. Torn Thread is the emotional story of a young Jewish girl and her family during Hitler¿s reign. Anne Isaacs¿ words transport readers deep into the ghettos and labor camps of Nazi-controlled Europe making them able to experience the hopes and fears of imprisoned Jews through the characters in her book. Read Torn Thread for a historical, first-hand account of two sisters who were determined to survive despite the odds against them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    torn thread

    Torn Thread is a wonderful book. Eva and her sister live with their father. Eva¿s sister Rachel is very sickly. The first day she had been able to go outside she was captured by German Soldiers. ¿Rachel! Run!¿ Eva screamed, although there was nowhere for Rachel to go. ¿Run!¿ Eva prayed that she would be back home soon. Eva¿s father had been assigned a job as an accountant. He told Eva that he was going to arrange to have her sent to the same place as her sister so that she could take care of Rachel. Eva boarded the train and was off to the camp. Will she be reunited with her sister? Torn Thread is historical book. This book tells exactly what happened to the women during the Holocaust. I enjoyed this book. Once I started it I didn¿t want to lay it down. I think this book would be for higher grade levels such as 6-9. The author Anne Isaacs was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She now lives in California with her husband and three children. The book Torn Thread is a fictional tale of the life of Anne¿s mother in law Eva. Isaacs, Anne. Torn Thread. New York: Scholastic INC.,2000.

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