cover image Beyond the Divide

Beyond the Divide

Kathryn Lasky. Laurel Leaf Library, $3.25 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-440-91021-3

An Amish girl, Meribah Simon, goes west with her father who has been ""shunned,'' or forced to leave their Amish community. Along the way she tries to help a friend get over a vicious rape, copes with the illness and death of her father, and grows from a passive child who relied on a community for her needs to a fiercely independent young woman. (12-up)