Anna Was Here
By Jane Kurtz
(Greenwillow Books, Hardcover, 9780060564933, 279pp.)
Publication Date: August 2013
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Ten-year-old Anna Nickel is moving from Colorado to Kansas, and she is not happy about leaving her friends behind This is a moving, often humorous coming-of-age story about family, faith, God's love, and the meaning of home, perfect for fans of Katherine Paterson and The Penderwicks.
Ten-year-old Anna Nickel's worst nightmare has come true. Her father has decided to move the family back to Oakwood, Kansas--where he grew up--in order to become the minister of the church there. New friends, new school, a new community, and a family of strangers await, and what's even worse, it's all smack-dab in the middle of Tornado Alley. Anna has always prided herself on being prepared (she keeps a notebook on how to cope with disasters, from hurricanes to shark bites), but she'll be tested in Oakwood This beautifully written novel introduces a family who takes God's teachings to heart while finding many occasions to laugh along the way, and an irrepressible and wholesome ten-year-old who, with a little help from Midnight H. (her cat), takes control of her destiny.
Jane Kurtz grew up in East Africa and has recently traveled and spoken at schools in both East and West Africa. On two childhood visits to the United States, she found many things to worry her. (One was black widow spiders, which she was sure were going to crawl into her bed the year she lived in California.) But none of the strange new things she saw in America felt quite as unnerving if she could climb into bed with her older sister or tell stories to her younger brother. She now lives in Hesston, Kansas.
Praise for The Feverbird’s Claw:“Kurtz rewards readers with simple yet profound insights.”
Praise for Jakarta Missing:“Ambitious and complex.”