Converting Kate by Beckie Weinheimer

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Kate was raised in the Holy Divine Church—it influenced everything from her homeschooling to her handmade clothes. But ever since her unbelieving father’s death last year, she has suspected that there’s more to life than memorizing scripture. Taking advantage of their move to a new town, Kate—to her devout mother’s horror—quits Holy Divine. She joins the cross-country team, wears shorts to public school, and even tries a traditional Christian church. As she struggles to come to terms with her father’s death and her mother’s unquestioning beliefs, Kate discovers there’s a big difference between religion and faith—and that the two don’t always go hand in hand.


About Beckie Weinheimer

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Beckie Weinheimer earned her M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College. She lives with her family in Leesburg, Virginia. This is her first book.
Published March 15, 2007 by Viking Books for Young Readers. 332 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After her estranged father’s death, Kate, 15, moves to Maine with her mother, a member of a small, ingrown Christian sect.

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Kate and her mother then moved from Phoenix to the small coastal village in Maine where her father grew up, to live with her father's Aunt Katherine and help her run a B&B.

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There are other sub-plots involving Kate's being a normal teenage girl, non-church parts of the story, but really this is about Kate's search for her own beliefs when her mother's faith fails her.

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