Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson (YA story) is the story of Micah, an English girl, and Zach, her Amish pen pal. In the fifth grade Micah's class sent letters along with their pictures to Zach's school in order for the children to become pen pals. However, the Amish school teacher removed the pictures before allowing the Amish children to pick their pen pal. Zach though Micah was a boy based on her name and the contents of her letter (Micah was a tomboy). Micah never corrected Zach on his mistake and now they are seventeen. Zach wants to come and see Micah on spring break. Micah is nervous and not sure how to tell Zach the truth about her gender. At the last minute Zach cannot come to see Micah because of spring planting. So Micah decides to go see Zach and help with the planting on their farm. She dresses in boyish clothes and baseball cap and heads to “Amishland” as Micah’s friend call it. It is interesting to see what happens between Micah and Zach. Micah provides Zach with new opportunities as well as insight into himself and his family. It is a good story, but not as good as Melody Carlson’s Christmas stories (which I love and look forward to each year)!
I was provided a free copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Happy Reading! I am off to watch The Originals, Sleepy Hollow, and Castle (while reading during the commercials). Have a great evening!
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