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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (480 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Grossman Narrator: Jessica Lawshe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780449010433
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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.

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.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An easy read that provides a window into another way of life.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 2/17/2014

    " Well written and enough changes in the plot to keep you interested all of the way through. Love the Chicago references. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phoebe | 1/27/2014

    " Amish teen Eliza isn't sure she wants to embrace her lifestyle any longer. Given the opportunity to visit the "regular" world and be a nanny to two children for the summer, she finds the idea appealing and is thrilled when her parents finally consent. Her impressions of the big world are tediously described and the book could have used a better editing job (it is way too long, at almost 400 pages); there is little descriptive writing and the author never transports us. Characters are stereotyped and boring and the relationship that Eliza forms with the children she is caring for is hardly believable given the lack of storyline to support it. These things said, the basis for the story is interesting (the idea of all young Amish people having a rumspringa, or chance to see how the other half lives for a few months, as well as a look at modern day Amish, are two refreshing and little-addressed topics) and teens should find Eliza and her conflicts appealing...if they pick this tome up, in the first place,and manage to get through it. Junior high, high school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/25/2014

    " It was a decent book. I am not a super-fan of Amish stories but this one was fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 1/24/2014

    " Reminded me of when our family got a foreign exchange student. The goodbye was impossible, as Eliza's was. However she seemed much more heartbroken about leaving the kids than her beloved boyfriend. A good book makes me think and feel exactly like the main character. Me and Eliza didn't quit sync. I don't understand her decisions and the way she thinks. Maybe it's just me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Zitzewitz | 1/3/2014

    " This book takes a somewhat more modern approach to Amish life for a young girl faced with deciding about her future. The author did a nice job of helping the reader see the situation from many perspectives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/15/2013

    " Solid coming-of-age with Amish twist. Nicely done, decent characterization. Aside from the intriguing Amish element, i don't think it will be particularly memorable for me. Good for booktalking though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Hertzberg | 12/11/2013

    " First book in a long time that feels like something I would read for fun. It's not going to be a Truman but I know exactly who will love it at my school. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katheryn | 11/28/2013

    " I listened to this in hopes of having a good new gentle read to reccommend in the Teen Room. No such luck. No twists - no turns - no great changes in the character. In other words -- boring! Why can't anyone write a nice clean gentle read for teens that isn't so darn dull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi Taniguchi | 9/12/2013

    " I always like seeing through someone else's eyes. Nice look into being Amish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivy | 7/22/2013

    " Great story about a 16-year-old Amish girl who experiences her "rumspringa" by being a nanny in a Chicago suburb. Her decision about whether to stay in the English world or return to the Amish community was very moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danni | 4/13/2013

    " I have been studying Amish culture for the last year. I have really enjoyed learning about a new group of people. This book did not disappoint. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 4/9/2013

    " Slow moving story about an Amish girl who goes to experience life in the big city for her rumspringa. Interesting getting a peek into the Amish life, but the events that kept the plot moving forward were too convenient and predictable to keep me 100% interested and invested as I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Veatch | 8/17/2012

    " On page 129 and I'm wondering if good Amish girl Eliza will leave her plain Amish lifestyle to the new fascinating technology advanced world.During Eliza's trip to the new world, she encounters new people who she doesn't want to leave, but has to make a big decision, should I stay or should I go? "

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About the Author

Nancy Grossman earned BSW and MSW degrees from the University of Illinois, and had a short-lived career as a social worker before completing an MA in the teaching at Columbia College. At DePaul University she holds the position of Associate Director of the University Honors Program and teaches courses in creative writing, community service studies, and young adult fiction. She is currently working on a middle grade novel.

About the Narrator

Jessica Lawshe was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended Loyola Marymount University and graduated with a BA in English. She currently lives in Los Feliz and enjoys spending her time browsing bookstores, singing bad karaoke, and causing general mischief alongside her Jack Russell terrier, Franny.