Monday, July 22, 2013

Litfuse Review: A Big Year for Lily by: Kinsinger/Fisher

 A Big Year for Lily (The Adventures of Lily Lapp #3)
About the Book:
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.


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 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
at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.

My Review:
 I love the Adventures of Lily Lapp series.  They are similar to the Little House books, the only difference is that they are Amish. These are perfect for little girls. But my boys enjoyed listening to the books being read aloud.

 In book 3 of the series we find Lily at 9 years old full of spunk and adventure. And as all little girls are at that age longing to be older and more grown up. She tries to outsmart Effie Kauffman at the very beginning of the book. But as a result Lily and an apple tree, with the most tempting apple hanging overhead, have a disagreement instead.

 I loved reading about Lily's latest adventures. She is a very sweet girl with alot going on. Her family just recently moved into a new home and as Lily soon finds out, she has some visitors in her new attic room. Much unwanted visitors at that. Can't wait to see what is next with this series. The authors are on to something with this character.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me for free from Litfuse for my honest review.