Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Simple Song

Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: Revell
June 2013
ISBN: 978-0800722258
Genre: Young adult/Amish

From Amish country to Hollywood, Katrina Yoder is in for the ride of her life!

Katrina Yoder loves to sing, but her strict Amish parents view her singing as vain. Still, Katrina's best friend, Bekka, is convinced Katrina is good enough to try out for American Star, a televised singing competition that Bekka has been secretly watching. Katrina has a good voice, but really--try out for a TV show? Her parents would probably disown her!

But when her family faces a crisis, it seems to Katrina that the competition might be the way to get the money needed to cover the emergency expenses.

How will Katrina handle herself as an Amish teenager out in the world? Is she truly good enough to win? Will her parents ever forgive her? And will she be accepted back into her community when it's all over?

A SIMPLE SONG is a really cute story about a young Amish girl at the beginning of her rumspringe. She has a beautiful singing voice but is afraid to use it because it is considered vainglory. But then her grossmammi dies and Katrina learns the shocking news that her mammi had once been Englisch and sang as lead female singer with a folk song group, with several hit songs.

What made Mammi turn Amish? Why did she give up music? To find out the answers, Katrina gives into her friends’ pleas and tries out for American Star… but mostly she wants to win for the money to pay for her Daed’s surgery. But will her parents take the money, since its tainted? Will Katrina return home afterwards? Will she even be welcomed? To find out, you must read A SIMPLE SONG. A good book for young adults about Amish. $12.99. 288 pages. 5 stars. 

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