Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Simple Song by Melody Carlson A REVIEW

Katrina Yoder loves to sing, but her Amish parents view singing as vainglory and a sin. Katrina's best friend, Bekka, is convinced Katrina should try out for American Star, a televised singing competition that Bekka has been secretly watching. Katrina resists the temptation until her father's health worsens. He desperately needs a surgery the family cannot afford. Katrina decides she must go against her parents' wishes to win the money needed to help her father. But how will she handle herself as an Amish teenager out in the world?

Teen girls will be swept into the excitement as Katrina ventures out of her quiet Amish world to become a reality television star. Will she be successful? And will she be accepted back into her community when it's over?

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Revell (June 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800722256
ISBN-13: 978-0800722258
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces

Melody Carlson has written around 200 books for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her books range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including the Rita and Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at http://www.melodycarlson.com/

  A Simple Song by Melody Carlson is a sweet little read. I found the characters of Katrina and Bekka quite likable and fun to read about.
 In A Simple Song we see the very strong love Katrina has for her singing and above that the love for her Dad.
  The Amish are not suppose to enjoy singing and not to sing anything out of their hymn book. Katrina has such a sweet, pure voice and her Dad needs an operation on his back that would cost so very, very much. So Katrina is pushed to use her singing talent to go on a T.V. show and try to win top prize.
In A Simple Song you will laugh and cry with Katrina as she ventures out into the English world to try and win to get money for her dad’s operation.
 It was a fun book to read and I enjoyed it and the last chapter was the best. I love the way it ended and how many things Katrina learns in the outside world. This book is a very enjoyable read that I recommend for all.

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I received my free copy from Donna Hausler from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

1 comment:

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