Heart Colony, founded as a Mennonite community striving to be close to God and nature, becomes a place of fear, denial, and injustice under the cruel and evil direction of a new leader, Hezekiel Whittenstone. Sarah Ruth Heart wants one simple thing-to compete in the countywide spelling bee-but her uncle Hezekiel refuses to allow it. Sarah Ruth struggles with her desire to attend school and compete in the spelling bee, to be attractive to the boy she secretly likes, and to overstep the boundaries dictated by the repressive Hezekiel. Her secret rebellion brings danger to herself and her family, and Sarah Ruth is forced to make difficult decisions about her future-with consequences that are more far-reaching than she ever could have imagined.
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Lynette Stark has taught high school and junior high school for sixteen years. She lives in Mississippi.From School Library Journal:
Grade 7-10-Fourteen-year-old Sara Ruth Heart narrates this novel about a contemporary Mississippi Mennonite community in the grip of a fanatic leader, her uncle Hezekiel. Her account begins with her cousins' severe beating and her Aunt Lila's defection, and builds to a tale of cruelty, deceit, and theft. Woven throughout are Sara Ruth's conflicting emotions and needs, her loyalty to the Mennonite creed and customs while craving the simple pleasures of the outside world, and her love for a teen victimized by Hezekiel. She also wants to be educated and to participate in the local public school's spelling bee. When her father, who has aspirations of taking over Heart Colony himself, is wrongly held responsible for a serious fire that Hezekiel secretly set, Sara Ruth's mother takes her children to join her sister in the nearby town. Following a dramatic showdown, the tyrant is exposed and deposed, allowing for the renewal of the colony. While the story is well told and the voice convincing, there are some unrealistic elements, particularly the women's facile adjustment to the outside world. The portrayal of this dysfunctional community does not provide readers with a clear sense of the Mennonite belief structure and culture, and the story is wrapped up too neatly in the final few pages. Still, this is an interesting treatment of a subject not often presented in literature for young people.
Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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