Melody Carlson's latest young adult novel, "A Simple Song," is a fun read and one filled with characters that can be related to. Katrina has a beautiful singing voice; however her parents believe it to be vain. After Katrina's grandmother passes away, Katrina is given some objects that belonged to her and Katrina discovers that her grandmother was a singer. Katrina's father needs surgery and in order to get the money to pay for this, Katrina with the help of her best friend applies to be on a reality television show. As Katrina enters the competition she must deal with being Amish in the English world (including traveling to California!), worrying about what her community is going to say and if she will be accepted back in and deciding just how far she will go in order to fit in and possibly win the competition.
This is a great story filled with valuable lessons for all young girls; although Katrina is Amish, she is an easy character to be able to relate to. I really enjoyed this book and I was really intrigued by the storyline of this book and while reading it I was not disappointed at all. Katrina is faced with choices and while she does "test" a little by dressing differently, she ultimately sticks to her values and beliefs and stands up for herself in a world that is so different from her own and what she is used to. If you enjoyed Carlson's "Double Take," you do not want to miss out on this one!
“Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”