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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-In this coming-of-age story with a cultural twist, Eliza, 16, yearns to break free of the constraints and predictability of her plain life as an Amish teen in Iowa. There are wonderful people in her life-loving parents, best friends, and Daniel, who would like to be more than a friend. Still, a restless energy drives her to see and know something different. For her rumspringa (an Amish teen's chance to explore the outside world), Eliza is able to convince her parents to allow her to work as a nanny outside Chicago. She sees modern conveniences such as electricity, cell phones, and computers for the first time and experiences putting on makeup and worrying about what to wear. She soon meets Josh, who appreciates that she is not a cookie-cutter personality like other girls. Although he is a conscientious young man, he arranges for them to attend a party where they both drink too much. Eliza becomes ill and in his rush to get her home, Josh drives into a garage door. Both teens accept that they made mistakes and pay for the damages. Surprises about Eliza's family and her perpetual state of wonder at the unfamiliar world she has landed in keep the story moving forward. Eliza learns about an aunt she never knew she had and her mother's own experience on her rumspringa. Ultimately, she reflects on what she has seen and who she misses and comes to the decision to return to her community. This novel is an easy read that provides a window into another way of life.-Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Nancy Grossman works for the Honors Program at DePaul University in Chicago, where she teaches courses in creative writing and young adult fiction. She lives in a Chicago suburb with her family. A World Away is her debut novel.
Top customer reviews
I grew up in Lancaster County, PA. and always preferred simplicity in life. During the blizzard of 1993, a friend and I found ourselves stuck in an International Scout in the middle of an Amish family's field. They welcomed us into their home and showed us the true meaning of generosity.
While reading this story, I was given a glimpse of how the Amish children might have seen me during the four days I was blessed with in their home.
Yes, to me it was 'A World Away'. A world I will always carry in my heart.
I highly recommend this book.
I always love a story about adventure, love, and a family secret, but this story reached another level... it became about "what's truly important in life." How do you choose your priorities? Who supports you and who questions you? When choices are tough, where do you turn and who can you trust? It's a story about growing up and discovering who you've become.