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Friday, February 8, 2013

Book Review: A New Home for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher

Title: A New Home for Lily (Book two of The Adventures of Lily Lapp)
Author: Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publisher:  Revell

About the book: The second novel in the charming Adventures of Lily Lapp series, A New Home for Lily gives children ages 8-12 a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Amish with lots of fun and laughter along the way. It combines the real-life stories of growing up Amish from Mary Ann Kinsinger and the bestselling writing of Amish fiction and nonfiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher. With line illustrations throughout, this series is sure to capture the hearts of readers young and old.

Lily Lapp is moving with her family to Pennsylvania to join a new Amish community. In this small town where changes – and newcomers – are greeted with suspicion, Lily must adjust to a new school, new friends and Aaron Yoder, an annoying boy who teases her relentlessly. Still, there are exciting new developments, including an attic full of adventure and a new baby brother. But why, Lily wonders, can't God bring her just one sister?

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

My thoughts:  This book picks up where the first one left off, but it does very well as a stand alone.  Lily and her family are getting settled into their new house in Pennsylvania.  She is sad because of all those things that she feels was left behind in New York - Like her cousin Hannah and having her own bedroom.  In the new house, her bed and dresser are in the hallway at the top of the stairs.  She is excited to be going back to a real schoolhouse though.  She just hopes that her new teacher is nice.

Lily grows up a little in this book - it covers her 2 - 4 grades.  In this time she experiences the birth of another baby in the family and also death.  She discovers that no matter where you live there are mean people, and that different doesn't always mean bad.  The chapters in the book are like individual little stories that give you glimpses into the life of an Amish child.  It sort of reminded me of the Little House on the Prairie books - Amish style.  I can't imagine any little girl who wouldn't enjoy meeting Lily and learning about her life.

~I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my unbiased review.~

About the authors: 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.

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, 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 and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher.


A New Home for Lily
Publisher/Publication Date: Revell, Feb 2013
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2133-6
272 pages





1 comment:

rubynreba said...

I love Amish books. I have a 10 year old granddaughter who is interested in reading about the Amish. I know she would love this book.

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