April 2012 Indie Next List
“Eliza Miller, a 16-year-old Amish girl, wants to leave her family to experience the forbidden delights of a society and culture she has never known. Finally, her parents agree to allow her to be a nanny in Chicago for the summer during her 'rumspringa,' an opportunity to experience modern life before making her decision to be baptized in the Amish community. Teens will be fascinated by Eliza's first encounters with technology and the lifestyles that they take for granted. They might even learn that technology doesn't hold all the answers and be inspired to try some old-fashioned pastimes with their friends!”
— Susan Taylor, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY
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, like her.
When she leaves her close-knit family to spend the summer as a nanny in a suburb of 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.
About the Author
Nancy Grossman works for the Honors Program at DePaul University in Chicago, where she teaches courses in creative writing and young adult fiction. She lives in a Chicago suburb with her family. "A World Away" is her debut novel.