Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Big Year For Lily

Book Review

A Big Year for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher is a book written for children 8 to 12.  It is book 3 in the series The Adventures of Lily Lapp.  I do not fit in the age category but I enjoyed the book. I took it along to an all-afternoon doctor appointment and finished reading it. Lily, the young protagonist, is growing up in an Amish community in Pennsylvania. I enjoyed learning some of the traditions in this community. For example, I liked the idea of marking the tenth birthday of a girl from being a little girl to a big girl. It was a special day. Lily’s style of dress changed and the social patterns changed for her too. She got to sit with the bigger girls in church instead of with her mother.

A wonderful part I enjoyed was the author’s ability to get inside a 9-year-old girl’s head. Lily’s sense of justice was strongly developed. When her parents decide to attend a wedding of a relative and leave Lily and her brother home so that they would not miss school, it seemed like a reasonable decision that most adults would agree with. The author’s show the viewpoint of a young girl and why the decision seemed so unfair. Being fair was important to Lily.

I also felt deeply for Lily as she struggled with dealing with her nemesis, Effie Kaufman. Effie was just plain mean; and it brought back memories for me of being a young girl and having to see someone everyday who was a bully. There was no escape. The author’s are skilled in describing what it is like for a child to cope with a bully.

A Big Year for Lily is a delightful book. It is a book that really covers life as a nine-year-old girl with empathy. I believe the book could be shared and enjoyed by both mothers and daughters. I plan on sharing this book with my 8-year-old granddaughter.

I received this book from the publisher in return for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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.

Purchase a copy for $9.35

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. 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 Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your iPhone or iPad! Download the Free App!

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