Katy's New World, Katy Lambright Series #1   -     By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
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Katy's New World, Katy Lambright Series #1

Zondervan / 2010 / Paperback

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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 begins her sophomore year at the public 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 strained. Can she find a balance between her two worlds?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310719240
ISBN-13: 9780310719243
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 13-16
Series: Katy Lambright

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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?

Author Bio

Bestselling, award-winning author Kim Vogel Sawyer wears many hats besides 'writer.' As a wife, mother, grandmother, and active participant in her church, her life is happily full. But Kim's passion lies in writing stories of hope that encourage her readers to place their lives in God's capable hands. An active speaking ministry assists her with her desire. Kim and her husband make their home on the beautiful plains of Kansas, the setting for many of Kim's novels.

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Hannah Montana isn’t the only fictional character looking for the “best of both worlds.” In Kim Vogel Sawyer’s book titled Katy’s New World, sixteen-year-old Katy leads two lives: one as a dedicated scholar in a public high school and one as a dutiful Mennonite in her religious community. Sawyer gives the classic “coming of age” storyline a fresh twist by approaching it from the perspective of a young Mennonite girl.

Unlike Miss Montana, Katy is the epitome of innocence and naivety. She struggles against worldly influences from school, such as Jewel, a foster child who comes from a broken family. Because Katy’s mother abandoned both family and faith, Katy also faces speculation from within her own community: will she leave the faith as her mother did? Katy’s perseverance in spite of peer pressure illustrates the command of 1 Peter 3:16 to keep a clear conscience, “so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”

The characters in Katy’s New World are believable and engaging. Katy is particularly endearing, and she experiences typical teen dramas: dealing with boys, sowing her wild oats, and finding her place in the world. Whereas Katy is determined to be an image of Christ to her school friends, she struggles with an attitude of rebellion toward authority. Katy has disrespectful thoughts toward her father and aunt, and although she restrains from voicing snide remarks, she isn’t necessarily ashamed of them. Katy’s academic dreams are bombarded by blatant gender expectations within her community; women are expected to devote themselves to housework rather than to academia. Katy manages to accomplish both, but her pursuit of education remains unsupported by her family and friends.

Sawyer treats her story with care, removing the edge from elements that could have been written graphically, such as Jewel’s unhealthy family situation. Katy’s story is enveloped in innocence, yet demonstrates that denominational communities are not utopias. The book’s light approach is a refreshing, safe story for early teen girls who may be experiencing struggles similar to Katy’s. – Kathryn Kroeker, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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'Sawyer gives the classic 'coming of age' storyline a fresh twist...The characters in Katy's New World are believable and engaging.' -- christianbookpreviews


'Sawyer gives the classic 'coming of age' storyline a fresh twist...The characters in Katy's New World are believable and engaging.' -- christianbookpreviews


'Sawyer gives the classic 'coming of age' storyline a fresh twist...The characters in Katy's New World are believable and engaging.' -- christianbookpreviews

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    This is a great book for the young and old. Makes you keep reading to find out what happens next.
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    Quality: 4
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    My daughter loved these books and finished them quite quickly(In a day). Perhaps they were meant for younger girls but she loved them, none the less!
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    Gender: female
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    Armyant
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Good series good first one of the series a real good read
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    Irene
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    This is a good book written for young teen girls. The fictional story is well written with just enough religion to not be preachy. I enjoyed the story and would recommend the book.
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
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    Katys New World is the first Katy Lambright book in a new teen series by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I have enjoyed some of Kims other novels, and, even though Im way past my teen years, this one also captured my interest and kept me reading. Katy belongs to the Old Order Mennonites, whose education ends with ninth grade in their one-room school. Katy longs to keep learning and is given permission by the church leaders to attend the public high school in a nearby city.Not only is Katy unfamiliar with worldly ways, she doesnt even know the meaning of many words her peers take for granted. She has to learn her way around the noisy school and keep up with mounds of homework, plus all her chores at home and helping her aunt in her fabric store. Katy wonders how she can cope with all the pressure, plus the uncertainty of where she really belongs and the void of not having a mother.Shelby, Katys escort on the first day of school, befriends her. They discover similarities and differences in their lives, and grow in respect for each other. Katy makes some poor choices in the course of the story, but learns from her mistakes. She also gains insight into herself. Can Katy have two best friendsAnnika, her friend from childhood, and Shelby, daughter of the Baptist pastor? How can they reach out to Jewel, Shelbys foster sister? Does the teasing Caleb like Katy or Annika best? Will Katys dad find a new wife after all these years? I expect these questions to carry on in the next book.
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