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Anna's World

A book by Wim Coleman

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Stirred and Shakered

  • Aug 18, 2009
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This young adult novel is set in the 1840s, and provides a valuable historical lesson into the daily life of a Shaker community of that time.

After a devastating flood destroys her father's business and wreaks havoc in her hometown, fourteen year old Anna is sent to live in a Shaker community until he gets back on his feet. Time passes slowly, and Anna has some difficulty adjusting to the lifestyle, but thanks to a wonderful teacher, she is introduced to poetry and further develops her aptitude for mathematics.

Along the way, she discovers that not everyone is happy with the rigors of Shaker life, and is called upon to help a friend in need. She also uncovers a scheme to defraud the community, thereby making a dangerous enemy.

When her father finally sends for her, she rejoices at being able to shake her Shaker routine, but life in upper-class Boston proves to be even more challenging than she ever expected. With her eyes open to the realities of life, war and politics, Anna must make yet another life choice.

Even without the general storyline, this one would be interesting for its vivid descriptions of Shaker ceremonies and culture. Recommended for introducing young readers to historical fiction, but would be more suitable for girls.

Amanda Richards, August 17, 2009

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review by . May 07, 2010
It's the 1840's and 14 year old Anna Coburn has had her world turned upside down. After typhoid kills many and weakens Anna, and a flood ruins her town and her father's business, Anna is sent to live with the Shakers while her father tries to make them a new life in Boston.      Anna isn't used to the beliefs and rules of the serious Shaker community and she finds herself longing to be with her father and the life she once knew and had. But when that day finally …
review by . September 12, 2009
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review by . September 03, 2009
So far, and I stress so far, this YA book has gleaned three national awards. It was Top Award-Winner in the "Fiction & Literature: Young Adult Fiction" category. The work was a Silver Medal Winner, 2008 - Moonbeam Children's Books Award and First Place Winner in the "Teen Fiction" category from Reader Views Literary Awards. To be honest, it deserved each of these and so very much more. This is one of the better YA books I have had the pleasure of reading over the past five years.    As …
review by . August 26, 2009
is a historical novel aimed at the young teen audience, but there's plenty here to make an adult smile too. Young Anna Coburn's life is turned upside down in 1845 when floods destroy her father's store and bring typhoid to her town. Needing to focus on rebuilding their future, he places Anna in a Shaker community where she finds life restrictive and longs for the day when he'll take her away again.    Authors Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin paint a rich picture of this strange and …
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The United States of America in the late 1840s--a nation torn by the crime of slavery and a war of conquest in Mexico. Fourteen-year-old Anna Coburn doesn't want to grapple with such terrible issues. Just growing up seems awful enough. Forced from her home and away from her beloved father, Anna is sent to live among the stern people called Shakers. Their strange ways and strict lifestyle are both appealing and difficult for the bright, headstrong Anna. When reunited with her father, Anna is then plunged into upper-class Boston life, where she faces a troubling mystery, new responsibilities, and events that will affect not just herself and her loved ones, but a country about to come apart at the seams. With a cast that includes Henry David Thoreau, a perceptive Shaker schoolmistress, and a murderous false friend, Anna's World is a powerful coming of age story, widely praised for its vivid characters, gripping plot, and moral stature.

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ISBN-10: 1935178067
ISBN-13: 978-1935178064
Author: Wim Coleman
Publisher: Chiron Books

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