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Posted June 19, 2013
What a wonderful book! I love the connection to music as I also find great joy and stress-relief from singing! Amish do not encourage singing English songs or singing with instruments or even with "great joy and feeling". I can not imagine singing any other way and so I can see how it was so difficult for Katrina. This book was a fun, light read and gave me a good deal to smile about!
I received a free copy of this book from Revell Publishing in a giveaway. Thank you so much!
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Posted June 16, 2013
This was a fun, light read and did a nice job of combining both the Amish and the English worlds while also helping to define the differences between them. Katrina loves to sing, but was admonished once as a child for singing too loudly, so has been conflicted ever since about her joy of singing. When she discovers that her grandmother once sang in a folk trio in the sixties, before coming back to join the church, she continues to wonder why her singing seems to trouble her parents.
Being left an old transistor radio from her grandmother, she covertly learns some songs from a Golden Oldies station. During group singing, the other teens convince her to sing them a song. One song leads to another, and then to a handful as they are all enraptured by her voice. Bekka, her best friend, claims she sings better than the performers on American Star, a show she watches on her family's work computer when she is supposed to be working!
Her dad had been hurt in a tractor accident and his pain has gotten so bad that there are days he cannot get out of bed. Fearing that his older brother (due to his nagging wife) might cut them off from the farm that sustains them, and knowing that her father could benefit from a surgery they cannot afford, Katrina decides to apply to American Star. She knows that her family might cut her off, but is convinced by her friends (and brother and sister) that if she has a chance to win some money that could pay for her father's surgery, then she should do it.
I liked the way the author allowed Katrina to remain true to her Amish roots while competing on this English show. Whenever she felt she had compromised her beliefs, she would come back stronger than ever to stay true to her beliefs. She was able to make and help her new friends, and still be quite competitive just by being herself. The producer also made it possible for her to meet one of the trio that sang with her grandmother all those years ago - so even though her grandmother had passed away, she was able to learn a lot more about her. I think this also helped her to make some of the decisions that she did.
If you have a daughter who is convinced that she is the next "Voice" or "American Idol" then I think she would enjoy this book. While I am sure that it doesn't come close to the 'behind-the-scenes' of the real show, it might give them something else to think about as to why they want to compete, and what they are willing to compromise to get their dreams.
Posted June 12, 2013
This story begins as the Yoder family is burying their Grandmother. We then discover the secret of her hidden life. She gives part of that life as an inheritance to her Granddaughter Katrina.
Katrina just happens to take after her Mammi in many ways. She has the voice of an Angel, just as her Mammi had, only she didn't know. When her friend Bekka introduces her to a solution to earn money so that her Dad can had much needed surgery.
Bekka has been secretly...again a wayward Amish girl, watching American Star. Will this be the answer to Katrina's prayers? Can she use her talent to help her Dad? If she goes out into the English World, will she stay? If she wants to return, will the community accept her back?
What a dilemma Katrina has, can you imagine a young sheltered Amish Girl, arriving in the big city. Never having been in even an elevator before! We get to see it all through her eyes.
Enjoy this rather different Amish story, set in Ohio and Hollywood, I did!
I received this book through the Revell Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted June 4, 2013
Posted June 4, 2013
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