Carolyn Marsden's debut for young readers, THE GOLD-THREADED DRESS, received enormous critical acclaim and was named a BOOKLIST Top Ten Youth First Novel. Of SILK UMBRELLAS, she says, "This story was the first I ever wrote for children. It was inspired by time spent in northern Thailand with a woman who worked to protect the jungle and young factory workers." Carolyn Marsden has an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College.
In northern Thailand, 11-year-old Noi and her family eke out a living painting umbrellas, doing factory work and laying bricks. PW's starred review praised Marsden's "affecting portrait of a family coping with the changes thrust upon it." Ages 8-12. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"This gentle story opens a door to a new world, a very real world that few of us know."