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.