Co-authors Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher bring to conclusion the series of four books in the life of young Lily. Lily is Amish and a precocious little girl whose antics get her in trouble as she grows and learns and who faces life circumstances akin to all young girls.
Book four, A Surprise for Lily, has Lily's beloved cousin, Hannah, moving. Lily is 11 years old now and facing more responsibilities and changes. As in the other three books in the series, the Amish life experience pictures a simple life-style with the absence of many conveniences and comforts the rest of the world knows. But they are for the most part a happy, content group of people. Folks whose religious beliefs are the guiding force in all they do.
They are a group of people who come together as a community and help one another through various experiences and sadness.
Lily experiences a classmate, Effie, that is still up to mean tricks and who makes life in the classroom and community hard for Lily. And then, too, the boy in the classroom, Aaron, continues to trouble her. But change has to come.
Young girls will enjoy this entire series.
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This review was written by my second oldest, "B".
A Surprise for Lily is another great book. The fourth in the series written by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher. I really like the Lily Lapp books. Lily has grown and matured so much throughout the series. A lot happens in this installment.
Lily's cousin, Hannah, and her family moves away and her grandpa passes away. I really felt bad about for Lily because Hannah was her best friend. Lily misses them very much. Lily's brother, Joseph, finds/gets a dog which he names Dozer, short for bulldozer. Joseph loves his pup and makes excuses for every naughty puppy thing he does, such as: stealing boots, pulling clothes off the line and digging in the garden. Lily does not quite appreciate Dozer's talent for getting into mischief. :) I like Dozer, but could understand why Lily found him annoying. He caused Lily and Mrs. Lapp an awful lot of extra work.
The long awaited baby "sister" arrives and turns out to be a new brother, much to Lily's disappointment. Poor Lily, she waited so long for a sister.
Other news, Danny started going to school with Lily and Joseph, a new family comes to town, the Hershbergers, who have six children (3 boys and 3 girls). One of the boys, Harvey, who is nine and a bit of a trouble maker_..until Lily's mother helped the new teacher (Teacher Judith) with English classes and outwits him. He suddenly never acts up again. I don't think I could have treated Harvey the way Mrs. Lapp did. She did an amazing job.
Aaron Yoder still plagues Lily but she, Aaron and Harvey actually became friends in this book, after the boys helped Lily in two incidents - both involving Dozer, who she learned to appreciate and love. I loved the fact that Harvey, Aaron and Lily became friends, it showed how much Lily had grown up.
Two thumbs up from "B"!
"Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
Our sweet Lily is back. She's eleven and Effie Kaufman is still the bane of her existence.
It looks like Lily is getting more than one surprise in this book. It's just that some are bigger than others. Aaron Yoder and Harvey Hershberger were even involved in some of Lily's surprises.
Even though this is book four in The Adventures of Lily Lapp series, it is a good stand alone book with each chapter telling a different story. I look forward to more of Lily's adventures. She can certainly get herself into some messes.
***A special thank you to Lanette Haskins for providing a review copy.***
A Surprise for Lily is book four in Suzanne Woods Fisher's and Mary Ann Kinsinger's delightful Adventures of Lily Lapp series.
Lily is now 11 years old and continues to find adventure in her day-to-day activities. As she encounters big changes in her family, her school, her church, and her community, readers get an inside view of Lily's Amish life and learn more about a lifestyle both similar to and different from their own.
Lily's stories, while entertaining for adult readers, are especially suited for 8-12 year olds. The book functions well as a whole; or the chapters can be read in individual sittings, much like a collection of short stories.
The fact that Mary Ann Kinsinger grew up Amish lends an extra measure of credibility to the book. And Suzanne Woods Fisher's expert writing brings the stories to life for readers of all ages.
Young readers can have more fun with Lily at www.AdventuresofLilyLapp.com.
Thanks to Revell Publishing for providing a free copy of A Surprise for Lily in exchange for my honest review.