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Isaacs, Anne.
 New York : Scholastic Press, c2000.
IL 5-8  RL 6.8
ISBN  0590603639

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

When the German soldiers first came to my town in Bedzin, Poland, they set fire to the synagogue.  We were made to wear a yellow felt star pinned to the front of what we were wearing.  The star had the word JUDE, or Jew, printed across it in black letters.  Next, we were forced to leave our home and move into a room in a Jewish ghetto.  We had been herded there by soldiers with snarling dogs, along with thousands of other Jews.

Just when I thought things couldn't get any more frightening, my sister Rachel had been shoved into the back of a truck by two soldiers.  She's been gone for weeks now and my father has just learned that she's alive at a Nazi labor camp in Parschanitz, Czechoslovakia.  Now Papa is telling me he's send me, Eva, to the same camp.  He thinks I'll be safe there making cloth for German army blankets and uniforms.  I can only hear my voice saying "No, Papa!  Let me stay with you!"   Papa says there is no choice.  It will save my life.

Will it save 12 year old Eva's life?  Read TORN THREAD by Anne Isaacs.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)

Booktalk #2

Twelve-year-old Eva and her sister, Rachel, are taken from their father by the Nazis, while living in a Jewish ghetto during World War II. The girls are imprisoned in a Nazi work camp in Czechoslovakia. Eva and Rachel are forced to work at a material factory, making clothing and blankets for the Nazi war effort. Every day has its difficulties, and not all the people are what they seem. Some Jews collaborate with their captors; at least one camp officer secretly tries to help the inmates. Eva gets her hair caught in a bobbin machine and is saved only by having her hair cut off. The girls are given little to eat and no hot water. They decide to bathe at work but the water had fabric fibers and they get serious rashes. Will the girls survive long enough for the Russians to rescue them? This fictional story is based on the experience of the author's mother-in-law as a teenage prisoner in a Nazi labor camp.  (Jeannie Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)

SUBJECTS:     World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Fiction.
                        Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Fiction.
                        Concentration camps -- Czechoslovakia -- Fiction.
                        Jews -- Europe -- Fiction.


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