Nancy Grossman is the author of A World Away, the story of a girl on the brink of “rumspringa,” the period when Amish adolescents are permitted to run wild in the modern world as they prepare to make their adult decisions.
Eliza Miller is impatient to leave her plain life behind and see the world that she knows only through glimpses at the visitors who dine at her family’s home. One of those visitors offers Eliza the escape she has been looking for, but there is a price to pay for this kind of freedom.
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Also available: The audiobook of A World Away
German and Turkish translations
Kirkus – Starred Review
This sensitive debut grabs hearts right away and doesn’t let go… Readers experience their own world through the girl’s naive eyes, marveling at technology, experiencing new relationships, and worrying through her difficulties. Grossman’s love for her story seeps into every page, locking readers into the narrative. She produces a heartfelt tale that will be difficult for readers to resist. Simply lovely.
A World Away was recently named by Kirkus Review as one of the Best Books of 2012.
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Magazine, August 2012
With an easy-to-read style and an engaging main character, Grossman’s novel creates an intriguing and appealing foray into the Amish world. Eliza’s struggle for self-identity and acceptance make her a well-developed character, reflective of teens in all walks of life. Both school and public libraries will find this title an excellent addition to their collections.
Publishers Weekly, May 21, 2012
In this honest and meticulously detailed first novel, Grossman offers a rare glimpse into Amish culture, bringing to light core values and the difficulties Amish people, especially teens, face living apart from the rest of the world. Eliza emerges as an intelligent, vulnerable heroine who gains wisdom and maturity from the mistakes she makes and the friendships she builds.