KATY’S NEW WORLD by Kim Vogel Sawyer


Age Range: 10 - 14
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Katy has lived in her small Old Order Mennonite community very peaceably despite her mother’s death, which followed her separation from the family and church. Now, Katy is intent on going to the high school, something never before done by any community member, for whom the small, one-room schoolhouse has sufficed. It’s scary, but Katy is used to being odd, and she quickly finds a friend, the daughter of a Baptist minister. Shelby is assigned to be her guide, and they gradually find interests they share—mostly that they are writers. Since Sawyer takes the trouble to show that not all Mennonites are exactly the same, that they are different from the Amish and that their religion doesn’t mean they don’t have typical teen concerns about romance, friendships and their future, the story stays focused on what many teens will find they have in common with Katy—a desire to direct her own life and find her place in the world. With only occasional narrative references to scripture, God and prayer, Katy comes across as a likable kid with an unusual life. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-310-71924-3
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Zondervan
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2010