Plain Girl Author:Virginia Sorensen Esther was almost ten years old before the Pennsylvania school authorities forced her father to send her to public school. Father and the family were Amish- or Plain People- and the Amish believe in teaching their children at home according to their own ways. Secretly Esther was excited at the thought of seeing the wonderful things in school t... more »hat her big brother Dan had described to her before he ran away- no one knew where- because Father was too strict. Dan's name was never spoken at home, but Esther prayed he would come back one day, for she was sure her mother, at least, loved and missed Dan as she did.
In this moving and tender story, Virginia Sorensen the adult novelist and author of several children's books, including Lotte's Locket, tells of Esther's slow emergence from a shy child to a girl who thinks for herself and who can accept the best of the new world without giving up the tradition into which she was born. Girls everywhere of all back grounds, will discover in Esther a friend to whom they will return again and again.