Monday, September 24, 2012

A World Away by Nancy Grossman

Rumspringa is a time when Amish teenagers are allowed to run wild. When Amish teenagers turn sixteen years-old, they can decide to leave the "plain" world of the Amish, and experience the "English" way of life.

Eliza has just turned 16 and longs to experience the outside world. She has never watched tv, gone to the movies, ridden in a car, or even worn clothing with buttons.

When she gets the opportunity to be a nanny to two small children and live the life of an ordinary teenager, Eliza jumps at the chance and convinces her parents to let her leave for the summer.

But her mother and father know that the outside world is full of dangers, not the least of which is not all Amish children return to their community. Sometimes the pull of the English world is too great.

Eliza loves her new world. She enjoys going to the movies, listening to music, and getting to know seventeen year-old Josh. She has a big decision to make at the end of the summer. Can she really leave all the modern conviences behind? Can she leave Josh behind?

There's plenty to think about in A World Away, and what seems like an easy decision, is really harder than it first appears. This is a very touching book that girls will love. There were many things in this book that I will remember for a very long time.


  1. This book sounds great! I found your blog as I'm looking for books for my girls to read this fall. Maybe you can review a recent book that my 9th grader brought home called Crossroads and the Himalayan Crystals by C. Toni Graham.

  2. I picked up this book over the weekend at a book faire because I liked the cover. I gave it to my 13 year old and she couldn't put it down. All she kept saying over and over was, "this is so good..." I had to make her put it away at 11:00 lastnight so she could get up and go to school. My question (actually her question)is when will the next series be released by the author C. Toni Graham? She thinks she will be done with it soon and wants to pass the first one off to her best friend while she reads the second installment. Any help with this would be great!