Clara is a twelve year old American girl whose sister, Lola, has just died from cancer. One of Clara's friends decides to take her out shopping to get her mind off of her grief. Clara goes with her friend, but she does not want to be there. She is hiding from her friend when she sees a purse and buys it on a whim. When she gets home, she looks through it and finds a note. The note is from a Chinese girl named Yuming telling of her plight in a factory in China. Clara feels a strong pull to do something, and she knows that she must go to China. Will she be able to do anything? Was there a reason that the note made it to Clara out of all of the people in America? Find out in Threads.
This book fascinated me due to the fact that it was told in the viewpoints of Clara and Yuming. Polonsky tells us the story of these two girls as they intersect with each other. I guess that my favorite part was the message that we are truly not alone in the world even if we do not know all that is going on around us. I could go into more detail about this point, but I don't want to ruin the book for you. So...read it, and reach out to talk to me about it. It is a definite good read.