RACHEL is a well written book that not only continues the Ellie's People series, but also stands well on its own. With language easy to understand by my 3rd grade daughter, it draws the reader into the simpler lifestyle of the Plain People, and explains some of the differences that set them apart without getting overly technical on the theological doctrines involved. This is a definitely "Christian" book, that doesn't hide the faith of the characters behind politically correct labels. Rachel is a likeable character, and her interest in her grandparent's lives, culture and religion is logically developed. Rachel is a "good girl" without being saccharine, and is written as facing the turning points in her life in a realistic as well as idealistic fashion. While there are events in the story that are sometimes sad, the author does not dwell morbidly on the unhappy details, preferring to show the positive lessons to be learned from them.
Book 3 of the series....Rachael, meets her amish grandparents and eventually rachael is faced with the decision of choosing between her mennonite ubringing or the amish life
This book is the third in the "Ellie's People" series.
Rachel was born in a South American country (they don't say which one) to her Mennonite Missionary parents. She is now seven and missionaries' lives are threatened, so they have decided to return to Ohio. Rachel is nervous about her move to the US. She is used to the simplicity of her life and the friends she knows. When she does move back home, she sees there is a lot of worldliness she never even imagined existed that she is more drawn to the ways of her Amish grandparents than the ways of her own parents' Mennonite community. She practically ends up living and growing up with her Amish family because of how drawn to it she is. This book is about her time with them. It resembles the first book quite a bit more than the second book (which I liked the mot so far). Keep in mind this is a middle grade aged book and I am 30. It was a cute story and I wish I had read it as a child. I read this in a day.