Torn Thread by Anne Isaacs

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It is June 30, l943 in Bendin, Poland. Twelve-year-old Eva has been hiding in an attic with her Papa as Nazi's ravage what was once her safe, comfortable town. Now the store windows are boarded up and Nazi signs warn against buying goods from Jewish merchants. Three weeks ago, her sister Rachael was snatched from the street by German soldiers and forced to work in a Nazi labor camp in Czechoslovakia. Tonight, to save Eva from certain death in Auschwitz, Papa tells her he is sending her, voluntarily, to the labor camp where her sister is imprisoned. There the girls must live out the war years as prisoners, making clothing and blankets for the Nazis. How the girls find the strength and courage to keep going under these extraordinary circumstances makes for a moving and unforgettable story.

About Anne Isaacs

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Anne Isaacs is the author of the 1994 Caldecott Honor-winning book "Swamp Angel", the novel "Torn Thread", and other highly acclaimed books for young readers. Ms. Isaacs makes her home in northern California, near her five grown children. To learn more about her and her books, go to
Published April 1, 2000 by Scholastic Press. 192 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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The girls grow weaker by the day, and their worries are compounded by two things: their uncertainty about the fate of Papa the ever-present chance that they will be chosen to board the trains that leave each day for the death camps.

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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 sentDand to have Eva sent there as well.

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