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Katy's New World

(Katy Lambright #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  332 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Katy has always enjoyed life in her small Mennonite community, but she longs to learn more than her school can offer. After getting approval from her elders, Katy starts her sophomore year at the public high school in town, where she meets new friends and encounters perspectives much different than her own. But as Katy begins to find her way in the outside world, her relat ...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published February 7th 2010 by Zondervan (first published February 1st 2010)
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“Katy has always enjoyed life in her small Mennonite community, but she longs to learn more than her school can offer. After getting approval from her elders, Katy starts her sophomore year at the public high school in town, where she meets new friends and encounters perspectives much different than her own. But as Katy begins to find her way in the outside world, her relationships at home become restrained. Can she find a balance between her two worlds?”

Series: Book #1 (of four)
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
This was my second Kim Vogel-Sawyer book and I really liked both of the books I read. I’m looking forward to finding more by her.

I liked Katy, and I admired her for finding the strength to be different, both in her Mennonite community and with the public high school kids. I did not like her best friend in the beginning, but she grew on me at the end.

I’m interested to see how the series develops.
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads contest from Zondervan Books.

Katy is the only teenager in her Mennonite community who wants to extend her education past the required 9th grade. She is given special permission to attend the public high school, but will she be able to keep her faith while exposed daily to "worldly" things and experiences? Katy's mother left the Mennonite faith when she was little, and that meant she left Katy and her father too. Katy worries that by being exposed to "wo
Mandy J. Hoffman
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-reviews, fiction

Katy's New World is about a Mennonite girl who longs to continue her education past the tradition of 9th grade. She receives the permission of the church elders to do so, but the bigger question is will she be able to balance the two worlds?


The author, Kim Vogel Sawyer, has written a contemporary story of a teen girl caught in the middle of two very different worlds. Or are they really that different?

I enjoyed the simple storyline that explored the differences, and yet th
Susan Hollaway
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This review was written by my 14-year-old daughter and is her very first book review.

I was excited about the release of Katy’s New World, the first in the Katy Lambright Series, by Kim Vogel Sawyer. It sounded like an excellent book and I wasn’t disappointed! The book is not only well written, but is totally engaging. I didn’t want to put the book down after I started reading it. I give this book “a two-thumbs up“ and recommend it highly.

In Katy’s New World Katy struggles to keep her roots as
Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved the main character in this book. These are the kind of books I read as a youth and could have downed one of these a day! The relatablity to Katy was high, and the desire to fit in is something I think every girl deals with through her teen years.

I loved that Katy had self-control in this book; often we get examples of girls with run-away mouths and I really appreciated that about this main character. I think she does a better job than most adults do, but that’s the joy of fiction isn’t i
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have read a few of these bocks they are a quick read and chance to see how mennonites live and their religious beliefs it is very refreshing to read.
Jan 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Katy's New World is YA Mennonite fiction (as opposed to Amish romance). The Mennonites are religious cousins to the Amish, and like the Amish, the Old Order Mennonites eschew many modern conveniences, have strong community ties and dress in a manner most modern Americans would consider odd. Katy has finished ninth grade at her Mennonite school in rural Kansas, but she wants to go to the pubic high school. No other child from their community ever has, but the elders allow Katy to go, warning her ...more
Katy's New World by Kim Vogel Sawyer

This is the first book in Kim Vogel Sawyer's Young Adult Amish fiction series, the Katy Lambright Series.

In Katy's New World we meet Katy Lambright, who is a young girl, a devout member of her Mennonite community. The only difference between Katy and other members of her community is she desires to go further in school than Mennonite schools usually go. So, Katy gets special permission to attend a nearby Englisch school, but not without worry from her communit
Kathleen L. Maher
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Katy Lambright Series book one.
This was a departure in my personal reading as a book targeted for young adults. I am a historical fiction lover at heart, but this quick read captured and held my attention for many reasons. The ever-popular Amish and Mennonite fiction has so far eluded my reading shelf, but I admit, I've been curious. This is about a young Mennonite girl, Kathleen Lambright, who has been given special permission from the deacons of her congregation to attend public high school be
Jan 23, 2010 rated it liked it
I've read a lot of books by Kim Vogel Sawyer but this is the first YA book of her's that I've read but it won't be the last. Even though it is a book about a young Mennonite girl I think a lot of teens will be able to relate to what she has to deal with in this book. Some of the themes include, making new friends, fitting in, and standing up for your beliefs while accepting people whose faith may be a bit different from yours.

Katy Lambright, the main character has to grow up in a single parent h
Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-71924-3
January 2010
Genre: Inspirational/young adult

Katy Lambright is Mennonite, and her schooling is supposed to end when she finishes ninth grade, but Katy has special permission from the Elders to attend a public high school in Salina, Kansas, to finish her high school education.

Many of the community is unsure about this decision, after all, Katy’s mother abandoned her to the world and they are worried that Ka
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Junior high girls, people interested in Mennonites
Recommended to Sarah by: giveaway program
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book on the giveaway part of this site. I am so glad I did! I might never have picked this if I had seen it at the bookstore, and I would have missed an amazing find.

The book was a great insight into the Mennonite life style. I learned a lot about the Mennonite's through the course of the book, and since I enjoy learning about different religions this was great. This was my first taste at a Mennonite story, and I am hungrey for more, I cannot wait to go find some more books with Menno
Christy Lockstein
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Katy's New World by Kim Vogel Sawyer is the first book in the Katy Lambright series about a Mennonite girl attending a public high school. I just have to get this off of my chest before I get into my review: I don't think that this book will actually appeal to the audience the author and publisher is hoping for. While bonnet fiction is extremely popular right now, I don't see teenage girls who listen to Ke$ha and Lady Gaga being interested in a Mennonite girl's life. That said, it's the kind of ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Katy Lambright is starting a new chapter in her life. A chapter usually not a part of a young Old Order Mennonite girl, but one started with permission from the church. She is going to attend public high school. Katy has an inquisitive mind, with a great eagerness to learn more than she learned in her one room school. However public high school brings with it, its own issues. Fitting in, is really not an option since it is important to not be a part of the world. Making friends is not easy, but ...more
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed this book! It's not life-changing literature, but it was a good, wholesome, enjoyable read. The target audience is clearly pre-teens/young teenagers, and I think this is a wonderful book for girls in that age group. Katy is a strong, independent girl who is able to hold on to her values. I love her fiesty nature! I also really like that there is nothing overtly sexual in this book. I do think it's not appropriate for my 8 year old (yet), ...more
Jennifer Lavoie
This was such a sweet book that I bought on a whim because it was on sale for the Kindle. And now I'm addicted to Katy and her world. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. It is such innocent, wonderful reading. I hope to find copies in paperback for my classroom for the students that are into or want to know more about religion.

Katy is a very brave young girl who loves learning so much she obtains permission from her Mennonite group to attend a public high school. This has never b
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Katy's New World is a delightful and fun read. It lures you in from the beginning and you find yourself so caught up in Katy's World that you don't want to put the book down.

Ms. Vogel does a wonderful job showing the two groups, the Mennonites from which Katy comes and the public school kids. She also does a great job showing how both societies can mix and how sometimes they don't but people with the same beliefs don't always agree too.

I like Shelby as her "worldly friend". Shelby is a Baptist m
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Several times I have began reading a book that seemingly had nothing to do with religion only to have God shoved down my throat near the end. This book, surprisingly (I thought I'd have God shoved down my throat the whole time), did not do that. I'm not Christian but I do love and strive to emulate the Menonites' self-sufficient way of life. Katy is a normal girl from this way of life with flaws she must overcome. Her family realizes that she must learn to overcome these flaws on her own, that s ...more
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teens through Adult
It's hard enough being on the outside of a normal group of people, but take a girl in her sophomore year, make her old order Mennonite, and put her in a new school - a secular school when all she's known is the Mennonite school in her community. Katy wants to fit in, but she struggles with what she's grown up learning, what is right, and wanting to fit in.

Katy's struggles with being the new girl make this for an interesting read. She not only has problems with her new school, but now doesn't com
Jamie Fieldhouse
May 16, 2010 rated it liked it
I won this book as my first goodreads giveaway and was really excited to get my hands on it and start reading. I am a middle school teacher constantly on the lookout for books to recommend to my students - and I found one in Katy's New World.

The book centers on Katy's attempt to reconcile her desire for an education with her community's commitment to working at home. While the book was a bit predictable (Katy gets into just the slightest bit of trouble and alienates both her community and her sc
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ok, ok I totally picked this one up because I almost peed my pants when I saw the cover. Seriously, just look at that doe-eyed Amish girl who gets permission to attend a, wait for it, public high school and the supposed to be popular girls behind her. giggle, giggle. Some librarian at Moon has a wickedly funny sense of humor.

But really the book wasn't bad. The characters are all really sweet and Katy is a total good girl who isn't even partially tempted to watch Tv at her first English sleepover
Rachel Brand
Loved this! Any preteen Christian girl would adore this book. I could totally relate to Katy's embarrassment at standing out from the crowd at her new school and her friendship issues. Although she's Mennonite, I think her struggles would appeal to many girls of a similar age. Definitely one I'll be recommending to friends with preteen daughters. I'll be looking out for the rest in the series. My only complaint would be that the issues with Jewel seemed to be wrapped up a bit too conveniently, I ...more
N.L. Riviezzo
Amish & Mennonite fiction is a bit of a guilty reading pleasure for me. I read a considerable amount of it and for the first time, I found myself wanting more from the characters and storyline. I found the characters' personalities very flat. The writing style struggled to adequately show the emotions in their actions and words. The storyline and the characters did start improving as the story came to an end so I will probably read the next book in the series. All in all, it was a decent qui ...more
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: first-reads
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Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this through giveaways and I think it is one of the first books I've received here that I am able to give a good review to. It is a quick young teen read that I thought was very well written. I liked the storyline and the idea of a young teen trying to hold to her values and break out of her mold. It has a good message and is very entertaining. I thought the secondary characters were a bit stereotypical, but so many in this genre of books are!! Thanks for the free copy. ...more
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katy leaves all that is familiar to her while attending a non-Mennonite high school. Her Mennonite neighbors and relatives have differing and sometimes judgmental and harsh opinions on this. She could be led astray by the "world" by wanting to fit in especially when she sees all that's out there.

Any young lady will enjoy reading "Katy's New World." You will learn that it's about love and not about denomination that is important to God. There is a Christian theme throughout but it is done well an
Sep 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-kindle
Did you know that you could turn around the life of a troubled foster teen from an abusive home by skipping school with her for part of a day and making her a quilt? Me either. But apparently in Katy's world you can. Good for her.

This book goes along with my theory that Amazon is secretly trying to convert me to the Amish ways through their free ebooks, so of course I had to read it. I guess for a free book, this certainly could've been worse. And I guess it teaches good morals or whatever. Yay
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Katy Lambright received permission to attend a public high school by the Mennonite Deacons. Imagine how awkward we felt attending a new school for the first time. She had it twice as hard being a Mennonite and dressing so differently then everyone else.
What a wonderful young adult book. Even though it's modern times, it reminds me of the Little House on the Prairie series. I like their faith in God and their simple living.
May 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
I grabbed this from Amazon when it was free...think it is maybe aimed at a young adult audience! Looks like there are others in a series but I probably won't read any others, even though I think there would be things tied up in following books. Have read another book by this author I liked better so I think this was more that it was meant for young girls and that sometimes I get tired of reading fiction dealing with Amish/Mennonites.
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