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I think the best thing about Threads and Flames is that Friesner provides oodles of information and context without ever making me feel that I m reading a book about the plight of immigrants or factory girls and how the injustices they faced lead to the tragedy of the Triangle fire I was simply reading an engaging story about Raisa s new life in America, complete with a little bit of mystery, a little bit of the cutest without being the least bit saccharine romance, and a whole lot of I think the best thing about Threads and Flames is that Friesner provides oodles of information and context without ever making me feel that I m reading a book about the plight of immigrants or factory girls and how the injustices they faced lead to the tragedy of the Triangle fire I was simply reading an engaging story about Raisa s new life in America, complete with a little bit of mystery, a little bit of the cutest without being the least bit saccharine romance, and a whole lot of my gumption is both my greatest flaw and my greatest strength And yet I finished the book knowing a lot about how the ill treatment of immigrants in general and factory girls in particular created the perfect storm of awfulness that caused so many deaths in the fire.While the book is undoubtedly about the Triangle fire, Raisa doesn t even start working at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory until at least halfway through the book, maybeUsually, this delay of the point of the story would drive me batty, but in this instance, I didn t mind the wait Raisa is such a fun character she s so headstrong and determined to do what is right for her sisters, both Henda and Brina It never occurs to her that she shouldn t take responsibility for Brina, even though she can barely take care of herself I was rooting for her before she even got to Ellis Island Raisa s little romance with Gavrel is also handled beautifully When you re reading about Raisa who is on her own and workingthan full time to make enough money to cover room and board for two people, it s easy to forget how young she is Her relationship with Gavrel, however, with all of Raisa s do I or don t I feelings, constantly reminded me that she s just in her early teens Their romance had all the little flutters of any middle grade romance, but with the added seriousness of two people, no matter how young, who work full time and both immediately start working evenwhen they get serious That s why they re both in the factory on the Saturday when it catches fire.The fire itself is gruesome The rush for the elevators after finding all the doors locked, the description of girls jumping from the windows rather than dying the flames, the display of unclaimed bodies that Raisa must search for Gavrel afterwards The broken families who either found bodies to claim or were left with nothing It s all so harsh We see it all through Raisa who is still so determined to do what s right, who finds another job right away, and who becomes the strength and stability that Brina and Gavrel s family need in the fire s aftermath Watching her continue on was possibly just as, if not , heartbreaking as the fire itself Slightly spoilery When the ending was happier than I would have expected, it did not feel like a cop out on Friesner s part I was just happy Raisa got a little bit of what she deserved End spoiler.There was recently a request on the yalsa bk list serv for fiction books that teach the reader something I wish I had finished reading this book in time to suggest it Threads and Flames is so informative, but it s still great fiction too I highly recommend it Book source Philly Free Library All her life Raisa has dreamed of leaving her small Polish shetl and following her older sister to that golden land, America At only thirteen years old however in 1910, she isn t the best equipped for traveling half way across the world, alone, to a country she s never stepped foot in before But Raisa is determined to reunite with her sister and begins her perilous journey across Europe, the ocean, before finally landing in Ellis Island, New York Everything is new and confusing to young Raisa All her life Raisa has dreamed of leaving her small Polish shetl and following her older sister to that golden land, America At only thirteen years old however in 1910, she isn t the best equipped for traveling half way across the world, alone, to a country she s never stepped foot in before But Raisa is determined to reunite with her sister and begins her perilous journey across Europe, the ocean, before finally landing in Ellis Island, New York Everything is new and confusing to young Raisa who cannot read or write English or even her own language and who unexpectedly finds herself the caretaker of a young orphan toddler, Brina.Neither does America turn out to be the paradise Raisa expected either Having no idea how to contact her sister, Raisa knows she must find a place for her and Brina while also finding a job in the sprawling city Her only options are at small sweatshops or factories in the garment district Even the most coveted positions at these factories are still no picnic as quickly Raisa learns one fateful Sunday morning.Esther Friesner took on a very ambitious project when she decided to bring Raisa s story of immigration to life in Threads and Flames The sheer amount of trials Raisa faces would be enough to discourage even the most optimistic youth but Raisa doggedly keeps going, holding onto the hope that she will be able to find her sister, keep Brina off the streets, and learn English As a character, you can t but help love Raisa She s so very loyal and honest and fiercely determined to get what she wants out of life It s no wonder so many people are drawn to her in the book I would be too.Historical fiction is a genre I always enjoy and Threads and Flames proved to be a fascinating look at the challenges a youth would face in trying to immigrate to New York at the turn of the century I particularly enjoyed Ms Friesner s descriptions of the various cultural neighborhoods that immigrants naturally flocked too How Italians would find other Italians, Jews looked for other Jews, etc in order to infuse that area with their own language, culture, food, and religion This mini country within a country phenomenon obviously still remains today although not as strongly as evidenced by the many distinct cultural neighborhoods in New York Evenintriguing was to learn that Esther Friesner based Raisa s tale on her own ancestors immigration experiences Fascinating stuff.Even though Ms Friesner obviously took the time to detail the tragedy and heartbreak experienced by those affected by the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, I felt as if she tried too hard to tie up a happily ever after for Raisa Don t get me wrong, I was rooting for this hard working girl from day one, but the eventual unfolding of events seemed a little forced in my mind Other than that, Threads and Flames was a compelling read with a worthwhile message to tell that even the youngest historical fiction fan can enjoy #Free Pdf ⚡ Threads and Flames Á It S , And Thirteen Year Old Raisa Has Just Traveled Alone From A Small Polish Shtetl All The Way To New York City It S Overwhelming, Awe Inspiring, And Even Dangerous, Especially When She Discovers That Her Sister Has Disappeared And She Must Now Fend For Herself She Finds Work In The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Sewing Bodices On The Popular Shirtwaists Raisa Makes Friends And Even Dare She Admit It Falls In Love But ThenDawns, And One March Day A Spark Ignites In The Factory One Of The City S Most Harrowing Tragedies Unfolds, And Raisa S Life Is Forever Changed One Hundred Years After The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, This Moving Young Adult Novel Gives Life To The Tragedy And Hope Of This Transformative Event In American History I loved the fact that this novel delved so much into the immigrants lives not just in terms of the infamous Triangle fire but also with regard to their day to day lives both before and after the fire I could have done with a little less of putting characters thoughts in italics and a littleshow don t tell, but other than that, very well written interesting I really cared about the characters. Why I read this I was sent this for review and noticed it was historical fiction and by Esther Friesner, who is awesome and I couldn t not read it Plot Set during the early 1900s in America, the book follows an immigrant character looking for her older sister who came over a few years earlier Raisa has come over with her little sister Brina and must find work while she continues to look for her older sister Ending up with work in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, she witnesses the tragedy Why I read this I was sent this for review and noticed it was historical fiction and by Esther Friesner, who is awesome and I couldn t not read it Plot Set during the early 1900s in America, the book follows an immigrant character looking for her older sister who came over a few years earlier Raisa has come over with her little sister Brina and must find work while she continues to look for her older sister Ending up with work in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, she witnesses the tragedy of its fire A moving and realistic plot, I fell in love with this novel This time period in American history has always fascinated me and Friesner did a fantastic job writing this novel.Characters I just ate up little Brina s character Raisa herself is a strong character who doesn t give up and keeps leaving with hope that one day all three sisters will be reunited.Relatability Fans of this time period in history will enjoy this novel.Cover Commentary Gorgeous cover Definitely fits the novel Focusing around the tragic Triangle Waist Shirtwaist Factory fire, Threads and Flames starts off with a strong premise, backed with the historically and culturally heavy times of the early 1900s It stays true to the time period in which it takes place racism, sexism, and all and is not afraid to delve into those areas.However, the slightly lackluster characters and spotty pacing make itof a chore than a simple leisure read It is difficult to stay involved in at first, having an Focusing around the tragic Triangle Waist Shirtwaist Factory fire, Threads and Flames starts off with a strong premise, backed with the historically and culturally heavy times of the early 1900s It stays true to the time period in which it takes place racism, sexism, and all and is not afraid to delve into those areas.However, the slightly lackluster characters and spotty pacing make itof a chore than a simple leisure read It is difficult to stay involved in at first, having an extremely slow beginning in which many essentially filler characters are thrown in, making it drag The main character is also difficult to read, with no sure personality and character motivation until later in the book Within the course of the first one hundred pages the main character, who is a Polish teenager named Raisa, manages to only just arrive in America s New York It takes her another hundred or so pages to start the trek to resolve her main conflict i.e locating her missing sister Also, one must have to get over half way into the book before they get what is on the tin the factory fire takes place in chapter fourteen There is romance, life or death situations, prostitutes, and history references galore within the 390 pages of this novel Final verdict not necessarily a bad read, but not something to be too excited about reading, either About the Triangle Waist Factory Fire, this one one of the the only books that has actually made me cry view spoiler when Zusa was found dead hide spoiler It was stunningly well written, and told a great story This book actually inspired me to learnabout the Triangle Factory Fire, and eventually write a report on it I thoroughly enjoyed this book All the characters were well developed, and the connections between the characters were very well developed The story flowed along About the Triangle Waist Factory Fire, this one one of the the only books that has actually made me cry view spoiler when Zusa was found dead hide spoiler It was stunningly well written, and told a great story This book actually inspired me to learnabout the Triangle Factory Fire, and eventually write a report on it I thoroughly enjoyed this book All the characters were well developed, and the connections between the characters were very well developed The story flowed along nicely, and brought all emotions to me Happiness, sadness and anger I loved it, and it was so refreshing to read a story like this, as sad as it is that s actually accurate historical fiction It was great This book is one of my favorite book s.It show s the hardships of living in the early 1900 s.Rosa, the main character goes to NY and starts work with the help of friends and kind neighbors in a shirtwaist factory.Rosa s spirit and kindness helps her along her journey and search for her long lost sister. This was a very special book for me A month ago, my husband, son, and myself were standing in front of what was once the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Looking at the street below, and then back up at the top floorsimaginingThe author did a marvelous job of writing about immigrating through Ellis Island and life on the Lower East Side Of New York City This book had the flavor of another beloved one of mine in the same time setting, All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor The scenes about This was a very special book for me A month ago, my husband, son, and myself were standing in front of what was once the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Looking at the street below, and then back up at the top floorsimaginingThe author did a marvelous job of writing about immigrating through Ellis Island and life on the Lower East Side Of New York City This book had the flavor of another beloved one of mine in the same time setting, All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor The scenes about the Triangle Fire only encompass the latter chapters of the story They are well written and chilling to read, but I m glad those were not the majority of the book Above all, is a book about hope, love, and the good results that can happen when humans put the needs of others before their own Threads and Flames should have been terrible I mean, an immigrant who sews A factory that catches fire Not my type of book at all To my complete surprise, I was sucked in almost immediately Raisa is a strong character that you want to root for Her struggle in coming to America, and trying to make a life for herself while also searching for her sister was just totally enthralling The story is written in a way that you feel as though you are seeing this new, strange world with Raisa for the Threads and Flames should have been terrible I mean, an immigrant who sews A factory that catches fire Not my type of book at all To my complete surprise, I was sucked in almost immediately Raisa is a strong character that you want to root for Her struggle in coming to America, and trying to make a life for herself while also searching for her sister was just totally enthralling The story is written in a way that you feel as though you are seeing this new, strange world with Raisa for the very first time.Threads and Flames shines light on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, an event I d imagine most people of my generation and younger haven t heard much about More than the horror of what those workers experienced, it was an educational look at working conditions in the early 1900s Raisa s experiences throughout Threads and Flames are highly emotional ones and the feelings really shine through the writing Beyond being entertained and educated, I was emotionally invested in what happened to Raisa I felt for her, was scared for her, rejoiced for her and ultimately fell in love with her and this story Threads and Flames is a novel that will change the way you think about the world