Overview

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.

Despite her father's objections, a young Amish girl secretly...

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Overview

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.

Despite her father's objections, a young Amish girl secretly looks forward to attending public school where she makes a best friend and gains a new perspective on her family's way of life.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547543543
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 325,242
  • Age range: 8 years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

VIRGINIA SORENSEN (1912-1991) was born in Utah, and it was her family's own stories that influenced her early novels of the American West.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2003

    A childhood favorite that my daughter enjoyed

    I read and reread this book as a child and just finished reading it with my 8 year old daughter. When we finished she asked if I could buy her her own copy so she can read it to her daughter when she grows up. Like the previous reviewer, I always enjoyed books that showed a different world than the one I was familiar with. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2001

    Read this several times as a child

    I always liked stories where I was immersed in a world different from my own, and this was one of them. As a child I wished Esther would wear the fancy clothes, but I was so scared about what might happen if she did! I'm looking forward to sharing this book with my own daughter, and I expect she'll find Esther's world as fascinating as I did.

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