Friday, July 19, 2013

A Big Year for Lily by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger (Review)

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 272 pages

  • Publisher: Revell (July 1, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721343

  • Lily Lapp's family has settled into their new home in Pennsylvania, but life still holds big changes and big steps for Lily. Good changes, like once again living close to her beloved cousin and best friend, Hannah. Bad changes, like a mean girl who plays tricks on her. And no change at all where Lily would most want one--Aaron Yoder sits near her in school and relentlessly teases her. Surprises are in store for Lily as she learns, with Mama and Papa's help, to manage the ups and downs of growing up Amish.

    The third of four charming novels that chronicle the gentle way of the Amish through the eyes of a young girl, A Big Year for Lily gives children ages 8-12 a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Amish--and lots of fun and laughter along the way. It combines Mary Ann Kinsinger's real-life stories of growing up Amish and the bestselling writing of Amish fiction and nonfiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher. With charming line drawings in each book, this series captures the hearts of readers young and old.

    My Review:

    I enjoyed reading this book chronicling the journey of young Amish girl Lily as she grows up. I think it is too hard for 8 year olds to read on their own and they might need help though. The chapters are long with a lot of words. I thought the story was interesting and well written. I liked seeing what happened next to Lily and her family. They have mostly good lives. Lily has a few things that drive her crazy like Aaron Yoder who picks on her and Effie who bullies her. This is a sweet charming Amish book for the younger crowd. Recommended.

    Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. She met and married her husband, whom she knew from school days, and started a family. After they chose to leave the Amish church, Mary Ann began a blog, A Joyful Chaos, as a way to pass on her warm childhood memories to her own children. From the start, this blog found a ready audience and even captured the attention of key media players, such as the influential blog AmishAmerica and the New York Times. She lives in Pennsylvania.

    Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, A Lancaster County Christmas, The Keeper, and The Haven, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Christy Award finalist and a Carol Award finalist. She is the host of internet radio show Amish Wisdom, which boasts 15,000 downloads a month, and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Find out more

    Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    Available July 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    1 comment:

    Suzanne said...

    Hi Brittanie!

    Thanks for taking the time to read and review "Lily" --and sharing the series with your readers, too. Grateful you were on the blog tour!

    Warmly, Suzanne

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