Plain Girl

Plain Girl

by Virginia Sorensen, Charles Geer
     
 

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An Amish girl, Esther feels like "one black bird against the sky" in her plain clothes. So when she's forced to attend public school she's terrified. She fears the new world she must enter, fears the way she sticks out next to other kids, and—most of all—fears she may do what her brother did: run away and join the sinful but great wide world she's

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An Amish girl, Esther feels like "one black bird against the sky" in her plain clothes. So when she's forced to attend public school she's terrified. She fears the new world she must enter, fears the way she sticks out next to other kids, and—most of all—fears she may do what her brother did: run away and join the sinful but great wide world she's only just discovering.

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Children's Literature
Nine-year-old Esther is Amish and forced to attend public school by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She is excited but afraid. Her older brother, Dan, left the community. Will she, too, be tempted by colorful clothing, games, and a desire to be like others? Will she be teased or accepted by her classmates? Esther becomes friends with Mary who wears pink dresses and plays Jacks. Esther wonders if it is wrong for her to do these things but also knows that the greatest love of all is friendship. Everyday she prays that Dan will come back, but even if he does, the community may not accept him. Her prayers are answered and Dan explains to Esther in a secret meeting that the old ways are good, but some of the new ways are also good, like machinery that helps with the running of the farm. Amish life is adequately depicted as well as the struggles the young people go through deciding for themselves if this is the life for them. The book moves quickly and the characters are real. 2003, Harcourt, Ages 8 to 12.
— Janet L. Rose

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547543543
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
794,528
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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