Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Jumping to Conclusions - 7th in the Rachel Yoder-Always Trouble Somewhere series
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Release Date: June 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Youth Inspirational Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 8-12
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 8-12
Year/Setting: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Overall Rating: 4.0
Wanda's Website: www.rachelyoderbooks.com
Rachel Yoder is back! The Amish eleven year old is back in a new story where she is constantly getting in trouble with both friends and family for starting rumors. Her eavesdropping is getting out of hand and she’s taking snippets of conversations out of context and sharing these as truth. It starts as little things but escalates to telling her teacher and school that her brother, Jacob, is dying. Will she ever learn that eavesdropping and making false assumptions is wrong? Can she start asking questions before jumping to conclusions?
Rachel is really growing up in this story. I found it to be enjoyable as a part of the series, but at the same time, Rachel is getting a little too old for these stories. Perhaps it’s because I have my own pre-teenager living at home, but there are times when she doesn’t come across as cute anymore—she seems whiny and disobedient. I seriously think it’s my own personal life overflowing onto the character, but it’s how I perceived the story.
This story will stand on its own, but by book 7 of a series, I think it helps to have read one or two of the prior books first. Cousin Mary comes for a visit and it was nice to get reacquainted with her. We see Rachel taking on more responsibility at Grandpa’s greenhouse and she really has learned a lot about the care of plants and flowers.
Overall, I still find this entire series to be a delight and a joy. It gives a double check for children on behavior (and misbehavior) and promotes the family values found in the Amish community. All of this is done without preaching to the reader or trying to promote religion. It is an open window to the life of one Amish girl and I hope that young people learn from her mistakes and avoid these same troubles in their own lives.
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