Saturday, November 15, 2014

Trading Secrets

Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: Revell
October 2014
ISBN: 978-0800722272
Genre: Amish / young adult

The truth may set you free--but it might also land you in some uncomfortably hot water.

Over the years, Micah Knight has exchanged many letters--and many secrets--with her longtime Amish pen pal, Zach. But Micah's kept quiet on the biggest secret of all--the fact that despite her name, she's a girl.

Now Micah finally has the chance to meet her pen pal face-to-face. She wants nothing more than to experience life on Zach's Amish farm, but she's more than a little anxious. Will he be angry at her for deceiving him all these years? And will she risk losing his friendship to find something more?

TRADING SECRETS is one of Ms. Carlson’s young adult Amish books, that all stand alone. I enjoyed getting to know Micah and through her, Zach. I wasn’t real impressed with how judgmental and unfriendly his parents are, but I do have to say, she has pretty well pegged the reactions they’d have to the situation in real life.

There were some inconsistencies with Zach’s sister, Katy. The author says she’s sixteen – the same age as Rachel, and she will finish school when she’s fourteen – but that she’s still in school. I wondered if Katy’s age (sixteen) was written wrong and they meant fourteen. Or maybe they meant she wasn’t in school but was going to the follow-up classes that older Amish teens sometimes go to in order to make sure they are learning a trade, homemaking skills, etc. There were other inaccuracies as well, but I won't go into them for spoiler purposes. 

If you like Amish, and don’t mind that it’s young adult, then you will want to read TRADING SECRETS. I like how the book ended. Available in ebook and in paperback.

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books, including the Dating Games series, the Life at Kingston High series, Double TakeA Simple Song, and My Amish Boyfriend. She has received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon. Learn more at

1 comment:

Katrina Epperson said...

This sounds like a great stocking stuffer for my daughter. I think she would enjoy it. Thank you for sharing.