Threads is narrated by Nonie, a 14 year old fashion enthusiast who, along with her friends Edie and Jenny, befriends Crow, a dyslexic 12 year old Ugandan with a most distinctive dress sense.
Nonie and her friends soon discover two remarkable things about Crow.
Firstly, she is a fashion genius who creates clothes more like works of art than garments(`I didn't know whether to wear it or frame it,' says Nonie, when Crow gives her a dress she's made).
Secondly, back in Uganda she was a `night walker'- a child forced to move to a different village each evening to find a safe place to sleep and avoid the clutches of the Lord's Resistance Army.
Nonie and the others set out to help Crow achieve her potential as a fashion designer, but of course all learn much about themselves in their attempts.
What I loved about Threads is the way the author weaves the strands of her story to produce a tale as skilfully constructed as one of Crow's cobweb jumpers. In the hands of a lesser writer, Threads could have erred on the side of fluffy or been a little too issue driven. But the balance here is perfection.
Threads genuinely made me laugh and cry. Nonie's warm and humorous narration is beautifully pitched. It's a complete joy to read, right down to the very last line.
I also loved the descriptions of the various outfits that feature in Threads. In fact, here are my three favourite Threads fashion moments:
Crow's fairy wings and tutu Nonie's velvet hot pants, smoking jacket and bowler hat outfit Granny's ENTIRE wardrobe (I so want the purple accessorized with turquoise outfit).
Threads is a wonderful book and totally deserves its 5 stars.
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