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Review: A Big Year for Lily by Kinsinger and Fisher

A Big Year for Lily

Delightful Lily Lapp is back in a third book, A Big Year for Lily.  Lily, an Amish girl, is growing older, and so are her classmates.  Effie Kaufman still causes her endless grief, Aaron Yoder sometimes actually seems nice, and cousin Hannah has chosen the worst boy in the school to admire.  Teacher Rhoda is still as sweet and fair as ever, but now she has a secret that Lily and Hannah discover.

At home, Lily’s little brothers are growing up, too, and they get into endless trouble.  What else canyou expect from boys, Lily wonders, forgetting that she’s always getting into trouble, too.  But she’s having a birthday and once she is ten she will be a big girl—and wear big girl clothing.  Then she discovers to her dismay that she will have to act like a big girl too.  Growing up is both exciting and difficult, but Lily’s loving parents guide her with humor and wisdom.

Bouncing from one mishap to another, full of love and indignation, sometimes sad but often ecstatic, Lily reminds me of my children when they were younger.  My girls identify with her too.

The Lily Lapp books have become favorites in our family, and I think they will in yours too.  Both boys and girls aged 8-12 will enjoy the children’s adventures and understand Lily’s deepest hopes and fears.   These are books for children to enjoy over and over and for a parent to remember by.  Highly recommended.

This is yet another book in the in the 2013 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge and is also linked to Saturday Reviews.

Disclosure: This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. and is available at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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