Author: Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher
Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
About the book: On a small Amish farm in upstate New York, a young Lily Lapp has plenty to do and plenty of people to love. but changes are coming -- including a new baby brother, a new teacher at school, and new ways of looking at the world. Lily's growing up Amish, and there's always a lot to learn -- if only Lily can stay out of trouble!
My thoughts: I really enjoy the adult Amish books that I have read and this children's chapter book was no different. It is hard to imagine a world where children can still grow up so innocent and simple -- and so joyful.
Lily's favorite thing to do is play with her rag doll Sally - and if she can do it with her cousin Hannah, it is even better. You find the family often doing chores together, gathering eggs, planting a garden, or Lily helping out with her two younger brothers for her mom.
But not everything is wonderful for Lily. Her aunt is battling cancer, her teacher's buggy was hit by a car and she had to stop teaching due to her injuries, and the new teacher is very strict. And on a regular basis she has to put up with Mandy Mast. One of the few girls her age, and being raised without a mother, Lily's mom has asked her to be understanding with Mandy - but somehow Mandy always seems to get Lily into trouble!
I really liked Lily and look forward to reading more about her adventures in the following books in this series. Book Two - A New Home for Lily is due out in February of 2013. Find out more at www.AdventuresofLilyLapp.com. If you like the Little House on the Prairie books, then I think you will like the Adventures of Lily Lapp books.
About the authors: Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, 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, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Christy Award nominee and is the host of an internet radio show called Amish Wisdom. She lives in California. Visit her website www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow her on twitter @suzannewfisher.
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 capture her warm memories of her childhood for 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.
~I received a complimentary copy of this book for Revell Blog Tours in exchange for my unbiased review.~
Life with Lily
Publisher/Publication Date: Revell, Oct 2012
Reading level - 8-12 years old