A Simple Song by Melody Carlson from Revell

Simple Song

By Melody Carlson


In her newest young adult novel, bestselling author Melody Carlson takes Katrina Yoder somewhere few Amish teens have been: reality TV.

Katrina Yoder loves to sing, but her Amish parents view singing as vainglory and a sin. Katrina’s best friend, Bekka, is convinced Katrina should try out for American Star, a televised singing competition that Bekka has been secretly watching. Katrina resists the temptation until her father’s health worsens. He desperately needs a surgery the family cannot afford. Katrina decides she must go against her parents’ wishes to win the money needed to help her father. But how will she handle herself as an Amish teenager out in the world?

Teen girls will be swept into the excitement as Katrina ventures out of her quiet Amish world to become a reality television star. Will she be successful? And will she be accepted back into her community when it’s over?


An Amish young lady on Americal Idol? Well, in this book its called American Star and Melody Carlson writes a sweet heartwarming story that will touch your heart in many ways. Katrina loves singing, and she has been secretly watching American Star and wanting a chance to be on the program, but is she good enough? Katrina’s friend is positive she is, and encourages her to try out. But what will Katrina’s parents say? And what will this Amish community think? When Katrina’s dad falls ill and in need of surgery, Katrina has a new reason to join American Star, to provide money for her dad’s much needed surgery.

Being an American Idol fan, I really enjoyed A Simple Song, and Katrina’s journey through this talent contest. Since the Amish do not like their children singing English songs, it was interesting to see how the author pulled this off. Katrina was a sweet teenager who spent her rrumspringa doing what she could to help her dad and her family financially. With characters that were believable and encouraging, and a plot that was interesting, enjoyable, sweet, and heartwarming,  you will enjoy this new book from one of my favorite authors, Melody Carlson! I think this would be a wonderful book for your teen or tween daughter to read! Why not pick up a copy today! You will not be disappointed!

I received this book from the publisher Revell
to read and review.  I was not required
to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am
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Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington’s, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, the Life at Kingston High series, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.

For more information about Melody visit her website at



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