Monday, August 02, 2010

Katy's Debate

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Zondervan (May 7, 2010)
***Special thanks to Krista Ocier of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***


Bestselling, award-winning author Kim Vogel Sawyer has many titles besides “writer.” As a wife, mother of three, grandmother of six, Sunday school teacher, and speaker, her life is full and happily busy. In her spare time she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband make their home in Kansas, the setting for many of Kim’s novels.

Visit the author's website.

Product Details:

List Price: $9.99
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (May 7, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310719232
ISBN-13: 978-0310719236


Katy's Debate by Kim Vogel Sawyer is the second book in the Katy Lambright series about a teenaged Mennonite girl attending a public high school. Katy has finally settled in at the school and is thrilled to be a part of the debate team. Her love of words brings her great success on the squad and in her writing class, but things at home aren't going so smoothly. She has always felt like she has to fight for her father's attention, so when he starts courting a widow from another county, she feels threatened by Mrs. Graber and decides to use her newly discovered debate skills to logically prove to her father why he doesn't need a new wife. But her faith makes her question whether it is right to be sneaky. She also learns a powerful lesson about friendship and when to remain silent as well as how to speak the truth in love. Sawyer has created a vibrant and intelligent heroine in Katy, who is just like any other teenage girl who worries about boys, fights with her parents, and questions her future, despite her bonnet and long dresses. I do wonder about her friendship with Annika; the reader only sees Annika's regular attacks on Katy without seeing them enjoy each other's company as well, so she comes across as self-righteous and untrustworthy. Katy is a delightful character whose growth and wit will carry several more books in this series.

We are back from camping, and I have tons of photos. I'll be posting them over the course of the next few weeks.