Every teenager feels the need for a get-away place, even if they’re the only girl in the family and have their own room. Miranda Scott has her favorite willow tree at the back of the vacant lot next door. She anticipates her thirteenth year—her first as a teenager—will be the beginning of grown-up plans with her best friend, Samantha Middleton.

Set in 1969 in a small Nebraska farming community, this coming-of-age story deals with unexpected illness, prejudice against her family and others, and the impact of the Viet Nam conflict, just as Miranda has awakened to the beauty in life around her.

What readers are saying

“The Golden Thread is of pure friendship. Miranda’s struggle to understand, to face harsh realities and to continue on is tenderly told in this lyrical coming-of-age story.”

“When we reflect back on our life, we often ask ourselves, ‘When did I wake up? When did I become aware?’ This is the story of a young girl waking up.”

The book includes Q & A with Karen Pool and book group questions.

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More reader reviews

Tina in Hawaii“I have been reading in your book. It has a quietness that is rarely found in books today. It was a good idea to set it in the time before cell phones, when people were actually living their lives and communicating face to face with their family and friends. Your book saves these people, and places, and hearts, so that they will not be forgotten. We can get to know them, and then see how we can have that kind of feeling and reality in our own lives.”
—Tina Carter

Debbie Altom“I enjoyed this book for many reasons. The detailed descriptions made it easy to visualize the various characters as well as the surroundings in this little Nebraska town. As I read, I was often reminded of the small community where I grew up. There was a great deal of wisdom imparted as Miranda’s parents used teaching moments to help her accept some very hard realities. I found myself wanting to underline in so many places. I loved that the family was portrayed as a real family, but there was a lot of tender listening and acceptance of differences. Very well written!”
—Debbie Altom