Torn Thread

Torn Thread

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by Anne Isaacs
     
 

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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

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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 witness how two teenagers strive to create home and family amidst inhumanity and chaos. Written in exquisite prose, this story of heartbreak and hope that is rich in detail and symbolism will deeply move readers of all ages.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
HIn a noteworthy departure, Isaacs (Swamp Angel; Treehouse Tales) turns her considerable literary gifts to a painful subject--her mother-in-law's experiences as a teenage prisoner of a Nazi camp--and transforms it into a powerful work of fiction. Like most stories of survival, this one is marked by unlikely turns and conjunctions, which, taken together, preserve the protagonist's life. Eva Buchbinder, 12 years old in 1943, has recently been forced into the Jewish ghetto in Bedzin, Poland, along with her father and sickly older sister, Rachel. After Rachel is seized in a roundup, Eva's father (who has, like other Jews, been forced to work for the Germans without pay) asks the commandant at his worksite to find out exactly where Rachel has been sent--and to have Eva sent there as well. Soon Eva is transported to a slave labor camp in Czechoslovakia, where she indeed finds Rachel. The conditions are terrible: starvation rations, dangerous conditions at the textile factory where they work, rampant disease and, always, the threat of deportation to Auschwitz. Eva struggles internally as well, trying her best to protect the frail Rachel, keeping from Rachel the news that the Bedzin ghetto has been liquidated and weighing the invitation of a fellow-prisoner to join up with partisan fighters. Isaacs takes the measure of acts of casual cruelty or kindness and lets readers see the repercussions. Given its precise detail and sensitivity to unimaginable suffering, this gripping novel reads like the strongest of Holocaust memoirs. Ages 10-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature
Eva is twelve years old when her father makes arrangements for her to join her sister, Rachel, in a work camp in Czechoslovakia, rather than wait for a Nazi raid in Poland. Before he says goodbye, he tells Eva that any choice that will grant even one more hour of life for herself and Rachel is the one she must make. This is Eva's guiding principle during two excruciating years as a slave laborer in a Nazi textile mill. Rachel is susceptible to colds and is often sick. Eva knits in the evenings and on Sundays in exchange for extra food. She volunteers to dig trenches at the promise of hot stew. Whatever she gets, she shares with Rachel. Rachel's frail health keeps the reader on edge throughout the novel. Her miraculous recovery from typhus just after liberation is transcendent. This tale of sisterly love and astounding determination is based on the experiences of the author's motherinlaw. Isaacs has beautifully transcribed her family's history. This novel will not become a wallflower among a host of other Holocaust novels. In these pages, readers will find an inspirational strength of character, sibling loyalty, and faith. 2000, Scholastic, Ages 10 up, $15.95. Reviewer: Jackie Hechtkopf
Childrens Book Watch
Eva has become used to life under Nazi rule in the Polish ghetto, and must face a new world when she and her sister are taken from their father and imprisoned in a Nazi work camp in Czechoslovakia. Forced to endure harsh conditions there, Eva's world revolves around keeping her frail sister alive and longing for their family's reunion.
—Childrens Book Watch
From the Publisher

"The author of the uproarious tall tale Swamp Angel (1994) moves into a very different mode here in a grim Holocaust novel based on her mother-in-law's experience as a young teenage prisoner in a Nazi labor camp. The focus of Eva's story is always her bond with her fragile older sister, Rachel. They protect, even overprotect, each other, first in the Polish ghetto, and then for two years as prisoners in a Nazi labor camp in Czechoslovakia, where every day, every hour, is a struggle with hunger, disease, cold, and hard labor. Isaacs tells it without exploitation or sentimentality. She shows that there are Poles, and even some Jews, who help the Nazis and that many ordinary people are afraid to do anything or are just "uninterested." There is even one German camp officer who secretly does what he can to help the prisoners. The genocide horror is distanced because this is not a death camp, though Eva witnesses heartrending scenes of prisoners being marched to Auschwitz. Tension builds as the sisters, starving, sick, surrounded by filth, and checking each other's hair for lice, try to stay alive in the last months, one hour at time, until the Allies liberate the camp. As with the brother and sister in Anita Lobel's No Pretty Pictures (Booklist's 1998 Top of the List winner for Youth Nonfiction) and in Schoschana Rabinovici's Thanks to My Mother (the 1998 Batchelder Award winner), family love is a fact of survival". Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590603638
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/1900
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.86(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.48(d)
Lexile:
880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Anne Isaacs was born in Buffalo, New York, where she lived until she left for college. As a child, Anne read constantly, selecting books such as Wind in the Willows and Romeo and Juliet. Her favorite book was Little Women, and she grew up to have a life much like the heroine Jo; maintaining a career as an educator, a mother, and a children's book writer.
In 1967 Anne left Buffalo for the University of Michigan where she received degrees in English Literature and Environmental Education. Today she lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Published in 2006, Pancakes for Supper, is loosely based on the plot of Helen Bannerman's classic story, “Little Black Sambo.” But in writing Pancakes for Supper, Anne Isaacs decided to create the first completely American retelling of this beloved story. The characters in Pancakes for Supper, including five animals, are indigenous to New England in the early half of the 19th century. The main character, a spunky new heroine named Toby, has what it takes to stand up to a ferocious wolf, cougar, bear, skunk, and porcupine. The clarified butter, or ghee, of the original tale becomes, in Pancakes for Supper, fresh-tapped maple syrup from the Vermont trees that still supply America with the most famous of pancake toppings.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 "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. 
Deliah More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not like this book at all. I thought it was really boring. It was the worst book I ever read!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Torn Thread by Anne Isaacs is absolutely one of the best books I have read! If you like WWII historical novels this one will not dissapoint you. Eva, the main character, faces several hear wrenching trials as a young Jewish girl living in a Nazi factory. The characters in this story range from cruel and uncaring to a 'nazi' who actually is an advocate for the Jewish. Anne Isaacs is the author of this book, she is actually married to the son of Eva, the main character of the book. She is from Buffalo New York. Isaacs, Anne. Torn Thread. New York: Scholastic 2000.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What would it be like to have everything around you change in a moment, your life as you know it now forever changed? In this book ¿Torn Thread¿ which happens during World War II millions and millions of people were killed just because of their religions. This book is about two sisters, Eva and Rachel, who, along with their father, are forced from their home in Bedzin, Poland and move into the Jewish Ghetto. Then one day the situation became a lot worse when Rachel is captured by two soldiers. Afraid that Rachel might be dead, their father finds out that she is at a work camp and wants Eva to go to the same camp. But Eva tells her Papa, ¿No, Papa! No! Let me stay with you!¿ ¿I have no choice , my little one, It is a change to save your live.¿ Will it save Eva¿s live, and what about Rachel? This is a wonderful book and makes you think about the way other people treat others. To find out more read this historical fiction book, ¿Torn Threads by Anne Isaacs. Anne Isaacs was born in 1949 and raised 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. Grades 6 and up
Guest More than 1 year ago
This historical book was interesting but caused me to use some tissues. Eva is a Jewish girl during WWII, and you go with her on her journey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Torn Thread is a dynamic and heart-felt story about two sisters during the time of the Holocaust. Anne Isaacs captivates the story in such a way that it touches the reader. It is a definite tear-jerker. Anne Isaacs grew up in New Jersey. She is married to the son of the main character in this story, Eva. Two sisters and their father are living in a Jewish Ghetto after they have been forced out of their own. Eva¿s sister, Rachel, gets caught in a Nazi selection and sent away to a Nazi labor camp. Eva¿s father decides to send her to the camp to be with her sister. Eva and her sickly sister, Rachel, struggle as they work on machines that make clothing for the German Army. The girls develop friendships, but they encounter many difficulties. The food is scarse, the working conditions are extremely hard, and Rachel stays sick. When things are terrible, Eva clings on to a hope. Finally, the Russians arrive and take over the Germans, and the war is over. Isaacs, Anne. Torn Thread. New York: Scholastic, 2000. Reading level: Fifth grade
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The theme of this book was historical biography and was about to young sisters and there family trying to survive the Holocaust. They are taken away to a camp for girls and have to work at a factory making thread. The girls are starving and stay sick because they have to take cold showers instead of hot. The sister takes care of one another and often wonders if there father is alive. The sisters find ways to get more food by making warm clothes and doing favors like making candy for the leader of the camp. This is a wonderful story of love and hate and the struggles many people have gone through during the Holocaust. The author of this book Anne Isaacs was born 1878 and died in 1950 at the age of 72. She married Marion Caudill at a young age. She was a wonderful writer and not much is know about the author.