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Right away, Sawyer depicts teen angst at its finest, as Katy leaves her familiarity and ventures into what no one else in her community has ever done with the leadership's blessing--enter the world. Adding to the conflict of Katy's awkward adjustments to school bells and the snickering and tittering of those around her, her community doesn't understand her longing for learning.

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Her best friend's jealousy over her time away and of her new friendships leaves her between two worlds, and the criticism of her aunt and others who think she will repeat a family scandal grieves her heart. But through it all, Katy faces her changing landscape with courage, determination, and a lovably imperfect character that manages to triumph in the end, rather like an Anne of Green Gables in a bonnet. I found myself endeared to this realistic young heroine to the point that I would like to follow her on her next journey, which looks like an addition to her close-knit family may be brewing.

Engaging, warm and full of human insight, the writing matched the character. A wonderful read for young and old. Jan 23, Renee rated it liked it. I've read a lot of books by Kim Vogel Sawyer but this is the first YA book of her's that I've read but it won't be the last. Even though it is a book about a young Mennonite girl I think a lot of teens will be able to relate to what she has to deal with in this book.

Some of the themes include, making new friends, fitting in, and standing up for your beliefs while accepting people whose faith may be a bit different from yours. Katy Lambright, the main character has to grow up in a single parent h I've read a lot of books by Kim Vogel Sawyer but this is the first YA book of her's that I've read but it won't be the last.

Katy Lambright, the main character has to grow up in a single parent home since her mother abandoned her and her father and later died when Katy was very young. Even though farm life and working at her family's quilt shop keeps her busy she still longs for a higher education that is not typical for a Mennonite teen. When she is given permission to attend a public high school she must learn to deal with being the outsider among not only the students in school but her own friends in the Mennonite community who are having a hard time understanding Katy's desire for more learning.

I think Kim Vogel Sawyer does a really wonderful job in making Katy easy to relate to even though she is Mennonite. The secondary characters including her new friends at school are pretty realistic too!

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At first they treated her like an outsider but once they got used to her and realized that maybe she wasn't so "different" after all, they came around. The ending of this book seemed a bit abrupt but I realize that this is just the first book in a continuing series so hopefully everything plays out for Katy and her friends and family. Apr 03, Sarah rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Junior high girls, people interested in Mennonites. Shelves: first-reads.

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I am so glad I did! I might never have picked this if I had seen it at the bookstore, and I would have missed an amazing find. The book was a great insight into the Mennonite life style.

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I learned a lot about the Mennonite's through the course of the book, and since I enjoy learning about different religions this was great. This was my first taste at a Mennonite story, and I am hungrey for more, I cannot wait to go find some more books with Menno I won this book on the giveaway part of this site. This was my first taste at a Mennonite story, and I am hungrey for more, I cannot wait to go find some more books with Mennonite charectors.

The main charector is beleviable, and I really liked the way that Sawyer wrote her. The book is perdictable, but at the same time the charectors and Mennonite life style is so interesting, you really don't care that its an easy read.

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I would recomend this book for junior high kids, I don't know that many high school kids would enjoy it. My only complaint is about the charector Shelby. She was unrealisticly nice. Not even a preachers christian child can be that nice all the time, she never gets upset! She drove me crazy, I just kept wanting her to snap at someone or something so that she didn't seem so inhumanly perfect.

Overall, a great read, and I can't wait to read book 2.

Jan 24, Christy Lockstein rated it it was amazing. I just have to get this off of my chest before I get into my review: I don't think that this book will actually appeal to the audience the author and publisher is hoping for. That said, it's the kind of book that moms really want their daughters to read and girls roll their eyes at and ignore. However, if the girls could be convinced to crack the covers, inside they will find a completely enjoyable read.

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Katy, although Mennonite, is going through the same worries and insecurities that so many teenage girls suffer. She worries about fitting in and pleasing her parents. She feels overburdened by her father's expectations and flustered by the attention of boys. She wants to stay true to who God wants her to be, but she hasn't exactly figure out who that is yet.

I loved reading about Katy's love of language and poetry and her desire for to know more and be more than her community expects. I look forward to reading more of this series. Sep 11, Laura rated it it was amazing. As Katy begins to make friends with girls in school, her friendship with her best friend Annika becomes strained. Will Katy be able to mend that relationship, or will Annika become a former best friend? I instantly related with Katy, with her unsureness in a strange world, and yet not fitting in with her old world.

Like all teenagers and some adults Katy longed for a place where she belonged. I enjoyed reading this book and hope to read the rest of the books in this series. Jul 24, Jennifer Lavoie rated it it was amazing Shelves: religion , ebooks , multicultural , family , making-changes.

This was such a sweet book that I bought on a whim because it was on sale for the Kindle. And now I'm addicted to Katy and her world. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

It is such innocent, wonderful reading. I hope to find copies in paperback for my classroom for the students that are into or want to know more about religion. Katy is a very brave young girl who loves learning so much she obtains permission from her Mennonite group to attend a public high school. This has never b This was such a sweet book that I bought on a whim because it was on sale for the Kindle.

This has never before been done in her community.

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Not only does she have to navigate the already rough waters of high school, she does so as someone who is very different from the other students in the way she lives, dresses, and worships. I could not put the book down and wanted to know what Katy would do next. I had read one of the author's adult books before, and it was just as wonderful. The author creates complex characters and situations that really make the reader think and ask "what if I was in the same situation?

It will help everyone get more out of the story. Apr 10, Cindy rated it really liked it. Katy Lambright is starting a new chapter in her life. A chapter usually not a part of a young Old Order Mennonite girl, but one started with permission from the church.

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She is going to attend public high school. Katy has an inquisitive mind, with a great eagerness to learn more than she learned in her one room school. However public high school brings with it, its own issues. Fitting in, is really not an option since it is important to not be a part of the world. Making friends is not easy, but Katy Lambright is starting a new chapter in her life. Making friends is not easy, but she does manage to make friends with a young girl whose father is a Baptist minister, they really seem to understand each other. However that also brings the jealousies that come when old friends feel left out.

I really enjoy Kim Vogel Sawyers books, and this one was no exception. She made Katy totally believable, not an overly self-righteous young woman, but a young teenager who struggles with parental issues, with embarrassing moments, and with making right decisions. This book was provided by Christian Bookworm Reviews for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. Feb 11, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: kid-young-adult-chapter-books.

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