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OBA_winner_seal_2013Winner, 2013 Oregon Book Award

Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature

Blue Thread

Blue Thread Saga

It’s 1912. Sixteen-year-old Miriam Josefsohn has been groomed for a socialite’s life in Portland, Oregon, but she dreams of working in the family print shop. When her father refuses to train her, Miriam turns to the woman suffrage campaign in the last stress-filled weeks before the vote. She meets the mysterious Serakh, who inquires about an heirloom shawl with a single blue thread. With Serakh as her guide, Miriam goes back thousands of years and finds herself in the midst of an ancient struggle for women’s rights. When she returns to Portland will she have the courage to fight for her own future?

Also available at Broadway Books in Portland, OR.

Ages 12 and up
ISBN13: 978-1-932010-41-1

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A Few Reviews

Check out Portland Monthly’s review of Blue Thread.

Hooray for Miriam! Just the kind of young woman I like—curious, compassionate, intelligent, independent, and determined. Her story is told in Blue Thread, a wonderfully written novel about her struggle to be herself, to be honest, and to be just. In an intriguing blend of fantasy and historical fiction, Miriam finds the battles of the past informing her present and inspiring her future. I cheered her efforts, her courage, and her rewards— and so will you.

—Karen Cushman, author of The Midwife’s Apprentice, awarded a 1996 Newbery Medal


Ruth Tenzer Feldman does a beautiful job peering into the bonds that bring us together, tear us apart, and allow us to travel beyond ourselves.

—Anne Osterlund, author of Academy 7, Oregon Book Award finalist


Miriam’s journey in Blue Thread is both magical and inspiring. No doubt, like the blue thread itself, her story will be passed down from mothers to daughters—and, if there is any justice, from fathers to sons as well.

—David Michael Slater, author of the Sacred Books series


Ruth Tenzer Feldman has created a rare gem—a story that looks into the heart and the soul of the suffrage movement in Portland, Oregon a hundred years ago.

—Rosanne Parry, author of Heart of a Shepherd, awarded a Kirkus Reviews 2009 “Best Book of the Year”