A World Away

A World Away

by Nancy Grossman


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A World Away by Nancy Grossman

A summer of firsts

Sixteen-year-old Eliza Miller has never made a phone call, never tried on a pair of jeans, never sat in a darkened theater waiting for a movie to start. She's never even talked to someone her age who isn't Amish, like her.

A summer of good-byes

When she leaves her close-knit family to spend the summer as a nanny in suburban Chicago, a part of her can't wait to leave behind everything she knows. She can't imagine the secrets she will uncover, the friends she will make, the surprises and temptations of a way of life so different from her own.

A summer of impossible choice

Every minute Eliza spends with her new friend Josh feels as good as listening to music for the first time, and she wonders whether there might be a place for her in his world. But as summer wanes, she misses the people she has left behind, and the Plain life she once took for granted. Eliza will have to decide for herself where she belongs. Whichever choice she makes, she knows she will lose someone she loves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423151531
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 07/17/2012
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 13.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: HL760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nancy Grossman works for the Honors Program at DePaul University in Chicago, where she teaches courses in creative writing and young adult fiction. She lives in a Chicago suburb with her family. A World Away is her debut novel.

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A World Away 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting story and not at all what I was expecting. I liked having the insiders look into the Amish life and seeing the modern world through Eliza's eyes was entertaining, engaging and heartbreaking. The depth of this book is what surprised me most and I wasn't expecting to feel the range of emotions that I did. While I enjoyed this, the story was slow moving at first and honestly, the ending frustrated me. I wanted to know what happened next?! An Epilogue showing a few months or years into the future would've been nice. POTENTIAL SPOILERS: You can't give me a guy like Daniel and NOT tell me what happens to him?! *cries* Also, I wanted Josh to fight harder. Say those words. Be different than Matthew. If there'd been an Epilogue, Eliza would've either chosen Daniel or Josh would've kept in touch and shown up for her after college, etc. Also, what did Eliza decide to do?
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this story.  Eliza is Amish and is pretty content with her life until a English woman cakes to her house and offers to let Eliza come spend her Rumspringa as a nanny in Chicago.  So Eliza decides to try and heads out. She has an amazing experience, but realizes how much she misses her family and friends at home. I thought this novel was an amazing intro to the Amish culture. Up until this point I hadn’t read anything about the Amish, and this was about an Amish teenager. How cool! Plus, I didn’t know anything about rumspringa  or that much about the Amish, other than they didn’t use electricity.  How uneducated I felt after reading this book.  I also didn’t realize that when you chose to leave the Amish culture that you were excommunicated from the community (and yes that plays into the story!) Eliza has a lot of important choices to make and none of them are easy. Sure life in Chicago is fun, but is it worth giving up her family? Morgan Matson gave us a beautifully written book. I truly loved reading the book and really enjoyed the picture that she had painted about both cultures. At the end, I felt as torn as Eliza!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book, a little slow at times but overall a nice approach to Amish fiction for teens. Didn't really enjoy the ending, but hopefully we might see Eliza again. I just want to find one Amish fiction novel where the girl wants to pursue an education, as well as everything else!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really amazing from Angela
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You wont get sunned if you havent gotten baptized into the amish community if you had and went back on your promise you would get sunned you couldnt eat at the same table no one could talk to you or send letters to you it would be very hard to have your friends and family pretty much turn ageinst you if hadnt gotten baptized you could still send letters to your people and visit if you were shunned your letters would get thrown away untouched you would get ignored from enveryone you wouldnt be able to attend sunday services or pretty much do anything
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There i s only so much to say about this book it was awesome i hope to share it with others in the world .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good read. The romance, drama, friendships, etc. were well written, however it seemed like some things in the plot would come to easy or happen to fast. Plus, Amish people are close to God and religion was barely mentioned. 4/5 stars. bookfinder--
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please let there be a sequel!
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This book is very great read today
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read. Interesting to read about Amish ways. Eliza's experience with both Amish and "English" cultures was well written. Although ending wasn't the choice I thought she would take either decision would have been a good choice. Hope author considers a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A girl decidces if she should live the amish life or the "english life"