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Threads of Blue Hardcover – September 12, 2017
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"A deeply moving and powerful condemnation of war's devastation."—Kirkus Reviews starred review
"Beautifully written in first-person narrative, LaFleur has crafted a tale about the ravages of war and survival, starring an unforgettable heroine."—School Library Journal starred review
"A story of keen insight and unflinching grace, bright with hope."—Booklist starred review
About the Author
Suzanne LaFleur is the author of Love, Aubrey; Eight Keys; Listening for Lucca; and Beautiful Blue World. She lives in New York City, where she decorates her walls with the handprints of children she loves. Visit her online at suzannelafleur.com.
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--- "After being separated from her group, and boarding a fisherman's boat in the first book, 12 year old Mathilde must swim to shore. Struggling, she walks to the first house she sees and passes out on the porch. The people at the house care for her, and they discover news about her home country. Mathilde is taken to a refugee center, where she must await any news...Will she reunite with her best friend, Megs? Will she find her group? Find out in this wonderful sequel to Beautiful Blue World ! This book is full of love, hope and strength. Many of the great characters in the original book are back, and still written in a real, relatable way. I was so eager to hear their story that I read this book in one day! My favorite character is still Mathilde, who is brave, compassionate, and determined to do what she feels is right. There is a death in this book, which is sad. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read Beautiful Blue World -- and if you haven't, please do! These books are amazing, I recommend for everyone 11+!"
I work in a middle school media center and we are always on the lookout for new series. Almost every student returns to read when the books are in series. This one has it all--a striking cover, a concise plot, likable characters and originality. Despite this being a fantasy type, children will relate in both good and bad ways. I've already ordered the first book and hope the author continues her writing.
I felt the first book focused on an unusual moral quandary of selecting talented children, taking them away from their families, protecting them, and then turning them into wartime super-spies, kinda like a cross between X-Men and Alex Rider, but without as much hyperbole and fanfare. I wanted to know how the main character, the relatively unexceptional Mathilde, would find her place.
Instead of deepening the characters, relationships, and broader issues about participation in war and defense, this book goes the opposite direction. This book flattens the unusual premise, packs in a lot of plot for such a slender book, and slights terrific and interesting characters.
It’s hard to say if I’m more disappointed in this book because I have such high expectations for LaFleur.