by Ami Polonsky


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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 Beijing forever.

Clara grows more and more convinced that she was meant to find Yuming's note. Lola would have wanted her to do something about it. But how can Clara talk her parents, who are also in mourning, into going on a trip to China?

Finally the time comes when Yuming weighs the options, measures the risk, and attempts a daring escape.

The lives of two girls—one American, and one Chinese—intersect like two soaring kites in this story about loss, hope, and recovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484746905
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 121,021
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Ami Polonsky ( is a reading and writing tutor, mother to two young children, and author, among other things. A former Language Arts teacher and literacy coach, she remains passionate about guiding children toward a love of books and helping create lifetime readers. Ami lives outside of Chicago with her family.

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Threads 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Lily-N More than 1 year ago
Threads by Ami Polonsky is a work of literature that reads like a rollercoaster. In parts of the book it is very emotional and other parts are filled with action and suspense. The main character, Yumming a teenager who lives in China, is in search of her family and never gives up trying to find them. She would always give the younger kids who worked in the factory with her, advice so they would keep fighting along with her. When she figured out how she could escape she came up with a very well thought out plan. Threads showed that many people have to suffer in life, but they should not give up. All people can learn from Yumming's experiences; even though the story is about Yumming, anyone can relate to the hardships she experienced. To survive, Yumming could not give up, and she never did, and it shows that having hope eventually pays off. The book was to the point well, also being descriptive to the point that it didn’t overpower it. Threads showed very strong points and lessons, and one of the strongest ones were if you put your mind to something you can accomplish it. I feel that if you look at the book in a certain perspective you can see that it is a very heartwarming book. If you see it in the sense she accomplished what she wasn’t supposed to. The book was very good and had very good life lessons in it. People who like mystery books would like this book; but also people who like books with a good ending would also like this book. Ami Polonsky is a great author who has written another book. Besides this book she has also written Gracefully Grayson. If you don’t like books with suspense you probably won’t like this book because there is a lot of that. This book was very good and I would recommend it to many people.