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Just as Katy is feeling settled in her new school, everything falls apart at home. Her father, believing she needs a mother, starts courting a woman Katy refuses to accept. Tensions rise as Katy schemes to send the woman packing. Meanwhile, the pressure builds at school as Katy joins the debate team, encounters a teammate's scorn, and faces her growing feelings for a boy her father will never accept. Can Katy prove she doesn't need a mother's guidance even as she discovers more of what the world offers?
Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
Series: Katy Lambright
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Katy does a lot of thinking and soul searching as she tries to choose which path is right and which is wrong. Her relationships with her father and her best friend, Annika, are very strong until conflicts with incoming relationships cause Katy to become very jealous. An intense scene with Annika happens in Katys kitchen when Katy tells her how she feels about Annikas new boy interest, which causes their friendship to be put on hold.
Katys father, a widower, wants to remarry. His new love is actually a woman his mother has chosen for him from a different town. Katy feels like all the attention she once received is now being taken from her. Shes lost the devotion of her father and her best friend.
Katy shows herself to be a person who wants to please everyone, even if that means she has to bottle everything up. She vents through her writing and school activities, such as her involvement on the debate team and forensics team. She hates doing anything that would disappoint God or her father and friends, and is a perfectionist who worries about things too much. This tends to put her in even bigger predicaments.
The book kept me reading for hours and kept my mind running. The story helps readers perceive how people of different belief systems live their lives in distinctive ways, and how our worldviews affect our actions. Anyone of any age would enjoy this book, and especially people of faith. Caroline Taylor, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
ArmyantAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5April 20, 2012ArmyantAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5good read with realistic events and reactions happening
The Phantom ParagrapherTauranga, New ZealandAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5When Amish Meeys Englischer SchoolingAugust 3, 2011The Phantom ParagrapherTauranga, New ZealandAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Back for some more Katy Lambright adventures ? In Katy's World we watched as Katy persuaded her dad to allow her to go to a public school instead of the school in her Amish community. Here , Katy made new friends and got involved in extra-curricular activities including debating , which is part of Book #2 . In Katy's debate , it seems her school life is going wonderful with Katy learning Debate and then due to one of the debate team members having double booked the day of the competiton. Katy get's to stand in her place . Is Katy ready for the big leagues in competition or will she end up getting stage fright the day of the Big Debate ? However it seems that when something good happens, there is always a downside as Katy's home life is a bit disruptive. Her father has started courting Mrs Graber after a comment from Katy's grandparents that she needed a mother. Katy doesn't want a new stepmother and when Marley shares her and her brothers Brat Plan - How to get rid of Step-Parents , Will Katy use this and her debating skills to her advantage? It seems Katy has her eyes on a boy in her debate team and School Bryce - Is it just a crush or when he shows interest, will things further ?
Find out all this and more in Katy's Debate by Kim Vogel Sawyer.
Heidi MainCary, NCAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5August 4, 2010Heidi MainCary, NCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleI want to go to Katys school not only do they have a cool debate group that travels to compete, but the second half of the year she takes forensics (competitions in which competitors deliver an original speech on a subject of their choosing, though the speech must be factual.) It all sounds like such fun!This novel was a page turner. Katy and her friends are a year older than in the first novel. And their emotions and interests have changed. This is not a stagnant series. I read on Kims Facebook account that Katy has boy trouble in Book Four of the series. As usual, the writing is solid. Kim creates pockets of visuals for the reader to have a glimpse into this mysterious Mennonite community.The ending of this novel was wonderful. All the plot points were tied up. But what I liked the most was that a character had made a couple of mistakes and that character made amends in the only biblical way : by confessing their sin to the other person and asking for forgiveness. I LOVE that because this novel is geared towards tweens and teens. A great example of Christlike behavior.
Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5August 3, 2010Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleI love this YA series by Kim Sawyer that offers insight into a teenage Mennonite girl that enters a public high school. What I love even more is that my almost 14 year old daughter loves this series. It is giving her an eye opener into another culture and outside her usual social circles. In this book Katy is still a sweet girl whose world is turning upside down as her father decides she needs a mother and starts courting a nice lady. To Katy it doesn't matter how nice she is or isn't, her goal becomes proving to her dad that they don't need a woman around because she can handle it all herself. She gets a little underhanded at points, but does she really know what she wants? A great second book in the series by Kim Sawyer.
Christy Lockstein5 Stars Out Of 5August 2, 2010Christy LocksteinKaty's Debate by Kim Vogel Sawyer is the second book in the Katy Lambright series about a teenaged Mennonite girl attending a public high school. Katy has finally settled in at the school and is thrilled to be a part of the debate team. Her love of words brings her great success on the squad and in her writing class, but things at home aren't going so smoothly. She has always felt like she has to fight for her father's attention, so when he starts courting a widow from another county, she feels threatened by Mrs. Graber and decides to use her newly discovered debate skills to logically prove to her father why he doesn't need a new wife. But her faith makes her question whether it is right to be sneaky. She also learns a powerful lesson about friendship and when to remain silent as well as how to speak the truth in love. Sawyer has created a vibrant and intelligent heroine in Katy, who is just like any other teenage girl who worries about boys, fights with her parents, and questions her future, despite her bonnet and long dresses. I do wonder about her friendship with Annika; the reader only sees Annika's regular attacks on Katy without seeing them enjoy each other's company as well, so she comes across as self-righteous and untrustworthy. Katy is a delightful character whose growth and wit will carry several more books in this series.