Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Anna Was Here, by Jane Kurtz
Anna's family is moving to Kansas.
This unleashes a whole new set of worries for Anna. She's prepared for weather emergencies in Colorado, not Kansas. She is going to have to sleep in a house that belongs to a church! She is going to have to deal with cousins.
Little does Anna know that there will be emergencies that will change her family and make her look at the big picture instead of focusing on her own private worries.
Anna Was Here is a charming book that explores family and faith in equal measure. Anna's family is Christian and their faith truly does drive their actions and their interactions. Even if readers are not religious they will be able to identify with the themes of moving, getting past oneself and shifting allegiances. Anna's relationships with her cousins and her conflict with her dad are perfectly age appropriate and it's refreshing to see her grow out of behaviors and into herself. A perfect read for those kids who are fighting the change of growing up, and for those families who are looking for Christian books for kids.