We read the Sugar Creek Gang to our sons when they were boys (in the late 80's). When I found the same set of books @ Christian Book I got them for our 8 year old grandson. He's already started reading them and likes them. He told me the teachers in his private Christian school recommend them too.
I was first introduced to the original series around 1949 -- an older brother, by then a grown-up, had had around two of the books in his library, and my mom passed them to me to read. I LOVED them, although I was a girl, and these books were about boys. They seemed closer to daily life than other kids' books I'd read. The gospel was central, in a normal way, and that was prime.
Years later, when my son was growing up, the new paper-back versions were available, and I must have purchased at least sixteen of them for him.
When I became a teacher-librarian, around the year 2000, in a Native-American school, on a 'reserve,' I realized that the basic, close-to-nature setting of the Sugar Creek series would be easy to relate to, so, based on the fact that this particular Canadian First Nation supported Christian values, had prayer in school, etc., I gained permission from the principal to include the full set of SCG books in the acquistions. They did get read.
Now, as a Sunday School teacher in a local church, I 'award' a SCG paperback after each Sunday School unit is completed. In addition, am sending them to my grand-niece and nephew on birthdays and the like.
Fab product, because it focuses on the gospel and a normal daily life!
Kind of educational, also, since, the first time I visited Chicago, for example, I knew something about it from a Sugar Creek book.
We bought this series because we have some young boys at our church who are just getting started reading book and when I showed them to one of the boys he was excited to see them and took one home. My husband and son enjoyed these when they were young.