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 comes, Anna isn't fitting in with her old world as well as she thought she would. As much as her life changed, Anna finds that she has changed even more.
Anna seems like a normal 14 year old girl, but her life experiences give her a seriousness and depth I think most teenagers probably don't have yet. That's not to say that a teenager reading this story won't relate to Anna, I think they will. Whether it's her spirit or rebelliousness towards the rules of her new home, or the realization that she has one day that she isn't who she thought she was, Anna has many relatable qualities.
On the back cover of this book it says this book is recommended for ages 8 and up. I have to disagree with that. I think a typical 8 year old would have a hard time grasping and enjoying the spirituality and the importance of the story. I think this book is probably best suited for teens and adults.
This is my second book by this couple and I am really impressed by their ability to transport their readers into their stories. I knew absolutely nothing about the Shakers and their lifestyle but feel I received a nice little education while reading. The writing makes the learning effortless and the story through Anna's eyes is always entertaining. I look forward to reading more from this couple, I really enjoy the stories they create.
Anna has a brief but engaging relationship with Henry David Thoreau, and it just adds to the uniqueness of the tale. Anna's World is a charming book about a young girl getting to know her true self; the journey is well worth the read.
As an adult writer who dabbles in on-line reviews, I am often told that I should be paid for my work. Now, I am certainly not arguing this point. I can think of nothing better than to be graciously paid for the achievement of putting thoughts through pen to paper. Writing enables one for all time to capture an elicited emotion like an elixir in the sentimental little bottle that the unnamed narrator in Du Maurier's Rebecca refers to that once uncorked would allow one to conjure and relive a favorite … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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.