Thursday, October 28, 2010

Katie's New World by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Product Description
Katy has always enjoyed life in her small Mennonite community, but she longs to learn more than her school can offer. After getting approval from her elders, Katy starts her sophomore year at the public high school in town, where she meets new friends and encounters perspectives much different than her own. But as Katy begins to find her way in the outside world, her relationships at home become restrained. Can she find a balance between her two worlds?
My Thoughts:
This is a very heartwarming story. Because of her desire to learn, Katy enters the "World" outside of her Mennonite community to go to school. Being an only child to a single-parent father, she is under many expectations at home, and adding school work to the mix seems to really put more pressure on her. She is unsure if she is doing what is right because of everyone else's expectations. Her desire to continue to learn is simply too strong for her to not at least TRY to continue her education. As she makes new friends from the "world", her life-long friends feel threatened. Her curiosity causes her to feel ostracised in her own Mennonite world. But her Mennonite beliefs make her feel odd in the "World". This story shows Katy's struggle to simply find a place where she fits in. I would rate this book a 4/5. It is well worth the read. Go to the library and find it....or pick it up at a used book store.

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