A World Away is 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.

A World Away

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 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.


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A World Away, now out in paperback

A World Away is now out in paperback.

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