Clara and Yuming are 12 year-old girls leading completely different lives on opposite sides of the globe. Clara is mourning the death of her only sister, and Yuming has been kidnapped and works in a sweatshop in China. Their lives become connected by an invisible thread. One piece of paper, one photograph, and one act of bravery bind them together! An intriguing story!
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Twelve year-old Clara is grieving the death of her sister, Lola, (who had been adopted from China). Trying to fill her space with anything but her thoughts, Clara goes shopping and finds something unusual, that will impact her life forever! She found a handwritten note and a picture in a purse. The note was a plea for help from a 13 year-old girl, Yuming, who was kidnapped and is working in a Chinese sweatshop making purses.
Clara and Yuming are girls leading completely different lives on opposite sides of the globe, but their lives become connected by an invisible thread. One piece of paper, one photograph and one act of bravery bind them together!
-Recommended by Virgie
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.
About the Author
Ami Polonsky (www.amipolonsky.com) 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.