Grades 7 - 9
Grade level Equivalent: 6.3
Lexile® Measure: 880L
Guided Reading: W
- Historical Fiction
- Jewish Experience
About This Book
"Torn Thread is vivid, moving — and utterly convincing." – Herman Wouk
It is June 1943, and for two years the Nazi armies have occupied the Polish town of Bedzin. Twelve-year-old Eva, along with her father and her sister, have been forced to leave their comfortable home and move into a tiny attic room in the Jewish ghetto.
Eva's life takes a terrifying turn when she and her sister are torn from their father and imprisoned in a Nazi work camp in Czechoslovakia. In the camp, Eva is forced to spin thread on treacherous machinery to make blankets and uniforms for the German army. As she struggles amid ever-worsening dangers to save her life and that of her sick sister, Eva's world tears apart like the weak threads of her spinning machine.
In this riveting account based on a true story, two teenagers strive to create a home and family for each other amidst inhumanity and chaos — sharing not only crusts of bread, but precious moments of love and laughter. What emerges is a deeply moving story, rich in detail and symbolism, where heartbreak and hope have been spun into a single, exquisite thread.