Friday, April 17, 2009
Historical Fiction Friday: Anna's World
Anna had a good life before a flood destroyed her father's store. Unable to care for his daughter he sends her to a Shaker community to live until things get better. For Anna things are hard. She is not used to the strict rules of the religious community and sometimes has a hard time fitting in. But when she goes to Boston she is not ready to deal with the demands made on a young woman. Will she be able to find happiness in Boston or will she go back to the Shaker community?
This book was a fun read because it deals with such an interesting subject: The Shakers. Shakers were a very interesting religious community back in the nineteenth century. They received their name because they dance, trembled and shouted.
Anna's World is well written and the characters are interesting. I think students who enjoy historical fiction will give this one a go. Also students who are interested in the Shakers may want to read this one as well.