Beyond the Divide

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Simon Pulse, 1995 - Amish - 297 pages
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Meribah Simon can no longer live at home. The Amish community she has grown up in is suffocating her. The strict rules she has always followed feel like walls closing in around her. And to make matters worse, her father has been shunned by the elders of the community. She can't talk to him, spend time with him, or even acknowledge he exists. Meribah can't stand it anymore, but where can she go and how will she survive in a world she barely understands?

Then Meribah discovers her father is leaving to join the gold rush.

Now is her chance. She'll go with him and find a place where she can live freely, as "she" chooses. A place beyond the divide.

This is the story of Meribah's journey. It's a story about friendship, betrayal, and love. It's a story about life.

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Kathryn Lasky was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 24, 1944, and knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she was ten. She majored in English in college and after graduation wrote for various magazines and taught. Her first book, I Have Four Names for My Grandfather, was published while she was teaching. She has written more than seventy books for children and young adults on everything from historical fiction to picture books and nonfiction books including the Dear America books and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. Many of her books are illustrated with photographs by her husband, Christopher Knight. She has received many awards for her titles including Sugaring Time which was a Newberry Honor Book; The Night Journey which won the National Jewish Book Award for Children; Pageant which was an ALA Notable Children's book; and Beyond the Burning Time which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She has also received the Washington Post's Children's Book Guild Award for her contribution to children's nonfiction. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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