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Publication Date: 2010
Series: Katy Lambright
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?
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 Katys mother abandoned both family and faith, Katy also faces speculation from within her own community: will she leave the faith as her mother did? Katys 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 Katys 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 isnt necessarily ashamed of them. Katys 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 Jewels unhealthy family situation. Katys story is enveloped in innocence, yet demonstrates that denominational communities are not utopias. The books light approach is a refreshing, safe story for early teen girls who may be experiencing struggles similar to Katys. Kathryn Kroeker, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com