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KATY'S NEW WORLD (The Katy Lambright Series, #1)

Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer

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Publisher: Zondervan,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Katy has grown up a Mennonite. She decides she wants to learn at the local public school so her father lets her enroll. She makes a few new friends but also encounters some new difficulties. She has to learn how to balance the two different worlds to make her own. This series about a Mennonite girl trying to fit into a different world will appeal to preteen girls.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 13

Interest Level: 7 to 12

Reading Level: 4.7

Age of Child: Read with a 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter asked me to get a book we could read together, and I chose this. She enjoyed the different incidents the girl struggled with. She liked how the girl learned some lessons. She liked that the girl made new friends and made the best out of her new circumstance. She liked the book and said she felt like the girl could be a friend.

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed reading Katy Lambright with her. It brought up great topics to discuss. It showed someone with morals without having the character portrayed as better then everyone else.

Pros: The story line is well presented, and it has a message that is easy to understand, but that doesn't mean that is a "simple" book. There are lots of points to talk about, and it offers a good example of a father/daughter relationship and how actions have consequences.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good book for a library but once you have read it there is no real reason to read it again.


Educational Themes: This is an excellent choice for a read aloud or independent reading. It has a number of topics that can open discussions between parents and preteens, including change, obedience, friendship, acceptance, and caring for others different than you.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - family, coming of age, school, friendship, middle grade series, multicultural

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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