A Big Year for Lily

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A Big Year for Lily

Book Three in the Adventures of Lily Lapp series. Co-written with Mary Kinsinger.

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.

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Learn more about the series, play games and download the coloring sheets at the Lily website.

Reviews

  • 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.

  • Even though this book is written for young adults I have to say that I enjoyed it. It was fun to read about the adventures of two young Amish girls. There are things in this book that I found interesting that maybe would not have been in a book written for an adult. It is nice that Lily has Hannah to help her with the trials of growing up. Aaron is a typical boy of that age picking on Lily and at first she does not like him but things change. I did not read the first two books in this series but will now have to go back and read them since I enjoyed this book. If you have every read the Little House books and loved them then you will love this series as well. Any young girl will enjoy getting this series of books as a gift.

  • My Full Cup says:

    I enjoyed this book because I believe that a lot of the challenges that Lily face we will all have to face someday, if we haven’t already.

    The only sad part of this book is when you turn the last page of the last chapter and realize there isn’t any more story left to read.

    Lily Lapp is a most ordinary Old Order Amish girl but with her tenth birthday around the corner, school bullies, Aaron Yoder and Effie Kaufman, are determined to make Lily’s life miserable.

  • I’ve read Book 1, titled Life with Lily, that introduces us to the Lapp family and specifically Lily – who is a child who is in love with life but still gets into the mishaps that happen to most little girls. Lily is older now and I think that adds a little more depth to this book versus what I thought about book 1 – that being said we are still reading A Big Year for Lily but even though we are only half way or more through we are all enjoying, including the 11 year old. Life with two brothers is never easy and now that Lily is getting older she is learning that she has to be kinder in dealing with others.

  • What a fun story this is! When the book arrived and I took it out of the packaging I had to hide it from my kids so I could read it first. The cover totally caught the eyes of my daughters. As fast as I was able, I finished this sweet story and handed it to my 10 year old daughter. She read it and quickly asked me to see if our local library has Books 1 & 2. The library does have the Lily series and Chica has been enjoying reading the books “in order”.

  • I just love how Lily reacts to situations, her thoughts and actions although at times naughty, make you just want to love her! This book is truly written through the eyes of a child and a perfect bedtime book for children and tweens! It would even be a fun book to read aloud. Each chapter is a different Lily story, the chapters don’t really continue on the thoughts from the previous chapter, which makes for great bed-time stories!

  • I breezed through the pages, curious to see what trouble Lily would find herself in as she grew another year older.

  • If you’re a kid or just a kid at heart, you’ll love A BIG YEAR FOR LILY!! Fun, funny & just downright delightful. This book has everything that I love about the Amish fiction genre!!!

  • I think Suazzne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kissinger have done an amazing job with this series. This is a great series that is wholesome, entertaining, and will delight parents and children alike for years to come. I love it when I find a book that I don’t have to worry about for my kids to read.

    The chapters are short and feel like mini short stories. Which I think is what makes this a great book for younger kids to keep their attention. I also liked how they have a, “Frequently Asked Questions About the Amish”.

  • These books give children ages 8-12 a wonderful glimpse into the life of the Amish. With lots of fun and laughter these books are sure to make any little girl happy to read! A Big Year for Lilly is the continuing story of Lily Lapp and her family. Now I must say that my duaghter doesnt read as fast as I do. But when this one came she snagged it and read it in one sitting. She is such a fan of these books that we had to go out and buy the first two in this series. She cant wait for the next book!

  • Lily’s story continues in the Adventures of Lily Lapp series by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger with book three — A Big Year for Lily. This series has been recommended for children ages 8-12; although I have been reading these books aloud to my girls, ages 6 and 9, and I have found myself looking forward to our nightly reading times. I have even caught my boys ages 11, 14, and 17 listening in….My girls and I have enjoyed reading through the Adventures of Lily Lapp series together and have enjoyed watching Lily as she grows-up. They have learned that although she is Amish she really isn’t much different than them.

  • I am super excited to share this latest novel with my niece who inhales chapter books as fast as I do novels. I can’t wait to hear what she thinks of Lily’s life growing up Amish and how it compares to hers. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and can’t wait for A Surprise for Lily coming soon. There is a great discussion guide at the end that helps parents explain to their children just what some of the concepts are in the Amish way of life and even a recipe for Lily’s favorite Sweetheart Pudding which is served at Amish weddings.

  • I love Lily, my heart breaks for her when she has disappointments, and I am happy with good things come her way. I love that she is easily content, but also see how easily she can be led. A fun story in the life of a sweet little girl. 4 stars!

  • Books R Us says:

    I had the opportunity to read all three books in the series. Lily is a curious young girl who is always getting into trouble but she is learning important things about life and being Amish. This is a great series that will entertain children as well as adults. The chapters are written as short stories and kept me engaged. The book was written through the eyes of Lily as she struggles to work out her problems with one of the children in her class who is constantly playing pranks on her. I look forward to reading the forth book in the series.

  • This book reminds me very much of the “Little House on the Prairie” books that I loved as a child. It was so nice to read a book like this…I enjoyed it very much and it was relaxing as well.

  • Lily’s life is full of adventure and excitement in Pennsylvania. She has a new brother, goes to a taffy pull, gets a new grown-up dress, puts up with mean old Effie, and tries to reason with Hannah, who has lost all sense when it comes to boys.

    Life for Lily is about to get even more interesting and I can’t wait to read more!

  • Can I just say that Lily is just precious! Lily is now turning 10 and her life is just full of adventure and fun! Of course there are also lessons to be learned that are not always fun and exciting. Things like being picked on at school by a particular boy, your teacher getting married and having one of the other girls in your class bully and boss you around. Then there are other changes like turning 10 and wearing ‘pinned style of dress’ a sure sign of a young Amish girl growing up!

  • Sara Ella says:

    A Big Year for Lily reminded me of what it’s like for any girl, Amish or English, to grow up. As exciting as grown up clothes and new found independence can be, getting older can also be a little scary. This is the fourth book in The Adventures of Lily Lapp series, but it was also my first time meeting Lily. After getting to know her and the Lapp family, I now want to go back and collect the entire series, not only for me, but for my daughters as well.

  • By The Book says:

    Suzanne Woods Fisher is an excellent writer who has made a name for herself with her adult novels set among the Amish. Her collaboration with Mary Ann Kinsinger, who grew up Amish, has resulted in a series featuring Lily Lapp, now 10 years old, navigating the time between little girl concerns and grownup girl situations. Lily encounters all the problems of an English child — relationships with friends and family, sibling problems, and schoolroom drama. But the added twist of the Amish life makes this book a discovery of different cultures and attitudes towards life. I highly recommend this book and the series!

  • What a sweet little book! The Christian-Fiction market has been booming with Amish tales for adults, and I think it’s great that our younger readers get to partake in that a little through The Adventures Of Lily Lapp series. This is a book that I would have loved to have as a little girl. Lily is so relatable, and so sweet! When I was her age I remember facing many of the same trials, (though not quite in the same way, considering that I’m not Amish). School-boys are pains, brothers are mischievous, friends come and go and life is unpredictable.

  • Cummins Life says:

    I started with this book and it is so sweet. If you have read some of my previous book reviews I really enjoy reading adult books about the Amish. This book is no exception only it is geared toward younger readers. I have no problem letting my children read it or reading it to them! Lily is extremely relateable and just a delightful little girl. This book is great at tackling some of the transitions of growing up, especially with relationships. Kudos to Suzanne Woods Fisher and her collaboration with Mary Ann Kinsinger on this series. I look forward to reading the rest and including my children in Lily’s adventures!

  • Annie, our 13 year old daughter has been reading A Big Year for Lily. She is a little over half way through and she is loving it. Her response to it has been that it is a fun and sweet book and that she enjoys how funny the main character, Lily, can be at times.

  • Mommy Has to Work says:

    A Big Year for Lily is the third book in the Adventures of Lily Lapp series and written by one of my favorite authors Suzanne Woods Fisher along with Mary Kinsinger. But you don’t have to read the first two to appreciate this one. While this book is written for ages 8-12 it’s a great book for all ages. It’s an easy read spoken in Lily’s 10 year old voice. I love the Amish books and it’s nice to read one in a young girl’s perspective. This would be a great book to read to your children as well. I thought about reading it to my daughter, but have not yet. I think she would like to hear about all of Lily’s adventures!!

  • All Meant To Shine says:

    This series is so wonderful. I enjoyed reading them and I plan on having my daughter read them as well. They are not really meant for adults, but they were a cute, enjoyable, very easy read. They are such a nice read for kids, knowing that they are not reading filth. The books have morals and definitely hold higher standards on acceptable behavior than the “normal” books out there for children today. They are filled with adventures and good, old fashioned child play.

  • This such an adorable series! Somehow I missed the second book but I loved meeting Lily when I reviewed Life with Lily last fall. I would have loved reading these with my girl when she was in elementary school

  • In Wonder says:

    Hannah helped to write the review about the 2nd book in this sweet series.
    (She also enjoys that Lily has a cousin named Hannah ☺).
    You will enjoy this series…
    …if you like the Little House on the Prairie books.
    …if you enjoy reading about authentic Amish life.
    …if the adventures and surprises children discover in life make you smile.
    This series is specifically for ages 8-12, but truly is an enjoyable read for any age!
    We are anticipating reading book four A Surprise For Lily.

  • A Big Year for Lily continues to follow Lily as she leads her normal Amish life. For Lily, that means lots of family time, school, troubles with friends, and, of course, her church.

    If you’re looking for a wholesome book for your children to read, or for you to read aloud to them, A Big Year for Lily is the perfect book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Big Year for Lily myself, even though it’s written for kids. 🙂

  • A Big Year for Lilly is an adorable book for kids, which provides a main character, Lily, who has moral values, something that is missing from most kids’ books today. Each chapter is more like a stand alone short chapter, which there are forty chapters. The book reminds of me of Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables. Overall, I enjoyed reading A Big Year for Lilly and I recommend it to others.

  • Lily and her cousin Hannah are 2 of the cutest little girls who look for adventure wherever they go. This is a story of love, friendship, how to forgive and family. It is a beautiful series.

  • Kerrific says:

    I love reading about the Amish culture. It intrigues me. This book is great and is full of adventures perfect for young girls who are interested in exploring a new culture. It is certainly a book that will make a perfect gift for any young girl.

  • A Big Year For Lily gives readers young and old a glimpse into the life of a 10 year old girl who is part of an Amish community.

    Through the 40 chapters you will follow Lily and her friends and family through a year of adventures and mishaps. You will also discover that 10 year old girls struggle with pretty much the same emotions and behaviors whether they be Amish or not.

  • This book gives you a good feeling about people, loved the way Lily’s Dad handled the boys who were stealing from them. We also meet the bullies, and the sneaking kids, think all schools have them.
    Be ready for some cute adventures, when Lily and Hannah get together. What a wonderful wholesome book. This one you can share with you children. Too cute!

  • Another adorable book about Lily that entranced Miss Grace with it’s simple way of life and illustrations. Course she liked that the 2 cover girls looked like her and her cousin, who she adores! This is a lovely new addition to the series, and one that we love for it’s look at a different way of life, but with the same issues that face all kids, but dealt with in a moral and loving way. The books are great to be read out loud, and remind me a lot of the Laura Ingalls series from my childhood! There is even a recipe for Sweetheart Pudding at the end of the book, and it is perfect for cooking in the kitchen with the kids! Pick up this series this Summer and keep the kids from boredom (4 weeks left!)

    To learn more about the series, play games and download the coloring sheets at the Lily website.

  • Have you ever wondered what’s it like to grow up Amish? How are the lives of Amish children different from – and similar to – yours? If so, The Adventure Of Lily Lapp Series is for you!

    A Big Year For Lily is Book Three in this wholesome series of books, written for children ages 8 and up. Each chapter contains a charming vignette from a moment in Lily’s life. The book also contains delightful illustrations and answers to questions about the Old Amish Order!

    One of my favorite aspects of this book is that the many of the stories are based on the real-life childhood memories of Mary Ann Kinsinger, who was raised Old Order Amish! The combined insights of the two co-authors added authenticity to this beautiful, fictional story!

    This is a book and series the entire family will enjoy!

  • This book explores alot of the issues kids face today whether they are Amish or not. Moving to a new place, putting up with pranksters, friends acting different.

  • I read a lot of Amish books, and I really enjoyed a different take on the Amish life from Lily. The characters of Lily and her girlfriends were special and I have grown to love them over the last three books. I think tweens and teens alike would really enjoy The Adventures of Lily Lapp Series by Susan Woods Fisher. All of these stories are fun, entertaining, and enjoyable, as well good, clean fun. My copies of the books are going to my 10 year-old niece. I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book, and the first two in this series for a special young lady in your life.

  • My 10 year old daughter and I adore Lily Lapp. In fact, we savor each and every page of her adventures- she’s almost like a member of our family! Remember the Little House on the Prairie books? Well, sweet Lily is a modern day, Amish version of Laura. As you read her story you’ll giggle with Lily and often your heart will go out to her. She tries so hard and yet sometimes life just isn’t fair! Aaron Yoder is a constant menace and Effie Kauffman may even rival Nellie Olson for bully of the year! A Big Year for Lily is perfectly delightful and wonderful for family reading time. You may even find yourself sneaking a few pages ahead.:)

  • Lily is settled in her new home and slowly adjusting to all the things about her new home in Pennsylvania that she was quite apprehensive about in the second book. Even still, there are challenges to deal with like the mischievous Aaron Yoder who seems to enjoy doing everything he can to annoy poor Lily or Effie Kauffman, the bossy daughter of the preacher who always wants to get her own way. Lily must learn how to deal with those around her who aren’t easy to get along with and she certainly makes mistakes along the way! Follow along as Lily also celebrates her tenth birthday and starts to realize what growing up really means.
    Sharing the simple lives of the Amish through a child’s eyes, The Adventures of Lily Lapp series is definitely a great choice for a wholesome read for your child

  • This is a very cute and charming little book that anyone would enjoy, not just young girls. This is the first book I have read in the series and I definitely want to read the other ones. With that being said, I wasn’t lost as to who was who in the series. Lily is such a sweet and inquisitive little girl. She gets herself into a lot of mischief, but most of the time, she isn’t the instigator. There is a little girl at school and church that she doesn’t get along with very well, and that little girl causes Lily a lot of problems. Some of lily’s exploits will have you laughing out loud. I highly recommend this book if you like a cute, fast read that leaves you feeling good. Great job Suzanne and Mary Ann. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book

  • Lily is back, and she’s better than ever! We loved the newest installment of the Lily Lapp series. Within a week of receiving the book, my daughter read it twice – and is working her way through the series again. Any book that will encourage a love of reading like that is a winner in my book.

    A Big Year for Lily is as full of childish adventures and parental wisdom as the first Lily book. She deals with issues like what is truth?, who are my friends?, and how important is stuff?. The story teaches about these important lessons while entertaining in a fun way.

  • Lily will soon be 10 years old and there are many changes in store for her. Being the only girl in the family, she is now entitled to her own bedroom (even if it has a few bats). She will now sit with the older children in church instead of with her Mum and then there is school to attend…
    Growing up is never easy for anyone but Lily is the first to admit she has her share of challenges: having her cousin Hannah in class was great until she discovers Hannah does not share Lily’s feelings about her classmate Aaron. Than there is the taffy incident…Outch! Poor Lily…

  • Another lovely, lively Lily Lapp tale! The third book in the series has enough details in it that it can be read without having read the first two volumes. It would make a perfect chapter book to read to young children or for a 6,7, 8 year-old and up to read alone.

    As the family grows, Lily grows up gaining more responsibilities, often watching her baby brother, Paul. Her other siblings, Joseph and Dannie sometimes irritate her when she wants to spend time alone reading or painting pictures. Still she loves them and feels terrible when Dannie crashes into the barn on his first solo sled ride. Lily was supposed to be in charge, but couldn’t resist his request to go down the hill alone. The family is trying to make the best of Christmas Day alone while Dannie recuperates, but…..

  • We became friends with young Lily in book 1 of the series and continue our friendship in book 3 – A Big Year for Lily. Lily has her 10th birthday and that’s a very big year in the life of a young Amish girl. She begins to dress differently, socialize differently, and supposedly behave differently.

    But Lily is Lily and try as she might, she finds herself in one scrape after another. At school she contents with the boys – specifically one who seems to torment her and yet takes up for her. She has an issue, continuously, with one of the bossy girls. But Lily learns lessons in truthfulness, kindness, honor, and grace. She learns not to be nosy but to somewhat, at least, curtail her curiosity.

    Lily is again a delightful little girl growing up Amish.

  • This is the third book in The Adventures of Lily Lapp series. Ages 8-12 will enjoy reading this series, as well as anyone else who likes Little House and Janette Oke prairie books. I especially like the illustrations by Tim Foley. They are pencil drawings that bring the story to life. My favorite is the Christmas at Whispering Pines picture.

    Papa was first to open the door, with Lily right on his heels. There on the porch were Grandpa, Grandma, and Aunt Susie! Behind them were Uncle Elmer’s and Uncle Jacob’s families. Everyone! Everyone was here!
    –A Big Year for Lily, 131

  • I think that these books are just getting better and better! The first book was good, but it seemed much more geared for a child. It had simpler sentences and while it was fun to read to my daughter, I didn’t quite feel as engaged in the story as my daughter did. The second book was better and progressed more, but I think that this book seems as though both writers have fallen into a rhythm. The story is captivating not just to my daughter, but also to me. I found myself looking forward to seeing what Lily did next. The story felt as though it wasn’t written just for younger girls. The sentences included more detail, but was still easy for kids to follow. The chapters are short, which is great for reading aloud and for attention span.

  • I know it is a children’s book, but even I (as a 30 something adult) completely enjoyed being swept into a calmer, slower paced life of the Old Order Amish. I marveled at the detailed descriptions that author Suzanne Woods Fisher gives, she made me feel as I was right there with Lily and her family.

    If you haven’t heard of Lily Lapp, you are in a for a real treat! The Lily books remind me of a cross between Little House on the Prairie-thanks to the references to plain dress, one room schools, and horse and buggies. They also reminds me of the Ramona series since she is always managing to get herself into trouble whether she meant to or not! This new book, A Big Year for Lily, does seem to find Lily a bit more grown up and in a little less trouble then in the first two books.

  • Laura Hilton says:

    My daughter grabbed the book as soon as it arrived in the mail – and since she’s a fan of these books, I’m letting her write the review. And so, in my daughter’s words: “I absolutely love these books and I can’t wait for the next book A Surprise for Lily. These are great books about a silly and fun Amish girl who’s just my age. I’d like to get to know her in real life.”

  • This third book carries on the fun story of a precocious, now 10-year-old Amish girl who has a knack for getting into all kinds of escapades. Lily, while still a fun-loving little girl, is going through some of the rites of passage of growing up Amish — things like wearing a straight-pinned dress and sitting with the other young girls at church services. . . . Young readers will identify with many details of Lily’s life, at the same time learning about a culture with many differences from their own.

  • As a homeschooling momma, I am always looking for new and fun books for my little ladies to read! So of course, I was thrilled to see a children’s book was available for review!

    “A Big Year for Lily (The Adventures of Lily Lapp)” by Mary Ann Kinsinger & Suzanne Woods Fisher is a fun and adorable read for little girls! Lily is a 9 year old who is part of an Amish family. Life on a farm is always fun for Lily, but she is not enjoying school like she usually does. This year in school, Lily has had quite a bit of trouble with mean girls and bullies. And there is a particular boy who loves to pick on her. But lucky for her, she has a Mama and a Papa who love her very much, and help her to navigate through these lessons.

    I actually enjoyed reading this book quite a bit even though it is a children’s book. Maybe that’s because I loved reading the Little House on the Prairie series as a child, and this book reminded me of those. “A Big Year for Lily” will definitely be on my daughter’s reading list for this school year. On Goodreads, it says that this book is aimed at 8-12 year old girls, but I think if you have a little one who loves to read, it could be read by a 6 or 7 year old. I would love to read the rest of the books in this lovely series!

    I think little girls will love reading all about Lily and her best friend Hannah, and will be able to relate to a lot of the same things that Lily goes through. I rate this book as 5 stars!

    *I received this book for free through Litfuse to give my honest unbiased opinion.*

    Available July 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

  • Lily is an irrepressible and lovable character. My daughter has found a new literary “friend” in this fun series. We’ve read all three books and anxiously look forward to the next one. If you have a girl in the 8-12 age range, you’ll enjoy these wholesome and entertaining stories.

  • Like the two before, this book is delightful and fun to read. Kids could learn a lot from Lily of what to do (and not to do). My kids love this series and I can’t wait to pass this book along to them.

  • Once again I had the pleasure of reviewing a book in the Lily Lapp series. These are super cute and enjoyable to read with your children! The lessons that Lily learns and the mischief that she gets into reminds me a lot of my own ten year old daughter so I look forward to sharing this story with her.

    These books are still enjoyable by an adult because it feels as if we’re reading about our own children. It captures the authentic joy, thoughts and emotions that we have all lived through during our own childhood.

  • Yes, there are the Little House on the Prairie books, and you could almost mistake these books as similar to them, but these books go further than those and are even better because these books have real, live people who are living this way “today” and every day! Little House, meet the Amish, and a little girl named Lily Lapp who are alive and living this way for the last three centuries, and will be well into the future!

  • In A Big Year for Lily, she is now a 4th grader, with three little brothers around. And she is always getting into scrapes. Or scrapes are finding her

    My kids listen, hiding their face in their hands and shaking their heads… “No, Lily. Don’t do that!” I’d say they are engaged.

  • A new school year holds so much promise, and Lily is thrilled to have her beloved cousin, Hannah, along for the ride. Unfortunately, Hannah thinks the most obnoxious boy in school is dreamy, and when Lily’s arch nemesis, Effie, plays a mean prank on her, everyone thinks poor Lily is a liar and a thief! Things are not going as Lily had hoped, but things are never as bad was we believe at ten years old, and with loving parents and a tender heart, Lily learns important lessons in conflict resolution and friendship.

  • This is not a book just for little girls. My grandson can attest to that.

    This is a good stand alone read, but you’ll enjoy it enough to want to read book one and two in this series.

  • This was a cool book. It was a perspective that I have not though of before. It is about a young girl in an Amish settlement. This is book three, and I have not read the first 2, however I didn’t need to. This book Was great on its own. It focused on 1 year of Lily’s life. A year that she really started to realize that life is just not about playing. She turns 10, and her whole life seems to change. The biggest change is that she starts to notice boys. She also gets to wear grown up clothes. Usually I read about adults in Amish books. It was nice to see how they grew up. I also liked this book because it proves that you should be who you are.
    I am giving this book a 4/5. I can not wait to read more about Lily. She is going to be a great character to watch grow up!
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  • Crazed Mind says:

    Now I have a special book for my Granddaughter. She loves to read and at 9 years old I think that A Big Year for Lily by Suzanne Fisher Woods is perfect. Sorta a cross between the start of Little House on the Prairie books and jump up from the Beatrix Potter books. Perfect for beginning on chapter books and innocent enough for young girls. Suzanne you need a series for the boys next. I know that this is the second Lily Lapp book that I have read. But the first I am passing down to my Granddaughter. The first one I shared with the school library.

  • WV Stitcher says:

    I have enjoyed each book in the Lily Lapp series, but because “A Big Year for Lily” is the third book in the series, I was afraid the story might lose some of its momentum but no worries here. Each chapter is a different adventure in the days of Lily and the neat thing is we get to experience these happenings thru the eyes of Lily. In this book Lily is on the verge of turning ten years old and starting a new year at school where there is a mystery of sorts going on. Along with that a particular boy seems to be picking on her, but she soon realizes that just maybe he might like her. I think this is a wonderful series for preteen girls. They will get to experience the cultural differences between their lives and young Lily, but in all the ways that matter they will see that whether you’re Amish or English we often face the same dilemmas in life. From boys to choosing to do the right thing, even though Lily is different in many ways she faces many of the same things other ten year olds do. A story filled with laughter and life lessons written with short chapters that’s easy to read, the Adventures of Lily Lapp has a true fan with me!

  • I was excited when given the opportunity to read and review another book in The Adventures of Lily Lapp series. This series is written for young kids ages 8-12, but I think girls will find it more interesting than boys. It’s a great way to introduce kids to another culture that exists in our very own backyard as well as get them interested in the Amish Fiction genre. I really appreciate the effort by Kinsinger and Fisher to put books with a wholesome message into our youngster’s hands. This book is the third in the series and just as fun to read as the previous two. My 8 year old daughter loves to read about Lily’s adventures and can’t wait for me to pass this book on to her!

  • Brooke Blogs says:

    This was a fun, sweet story. I loved reading it with my older daughter. She felt a real connection with Lily and didn’t want the book to end. I’ve always been fascinated by the Amish culture and Lily’s story was a great introduction to it.

  • I really enjoy reading this series, each book brings to light the normal everyday antics of Lily, like how she interacts with family and friends. Sometimes she does not always use good judgement. One of her bad traits is, “What my parents don’t know won’t hurt a thing.” Wrong!

    I am sure children will learn many good lessons from the mistakes the children in this book create. There are a lot of good things that come from the children actions too!

  • I am quite pleased to offer my review for a book that is possibly the only series of its kind. Amish books are so widely popular, and this is the perfect series for introducing children to this cultural phenomenon. I was privileged to read the first book, but I somehow missed the second book. As outstanding as the first book was, this book is even better! I was thoroughly engaged, and I often lost track of time as I raced through the pages.

  • Preslaysa says:

    This was a wonderfully engaging story, something I would want my own children to read. The lessons learned during Lilly’s mishaps are values I want my own children to learn. A great read.

  • It was absolutely great to be back in Pennsylvania with the Lapp family, and especially with Lily. She is such a fun girl, so active, both physically and in her imagination, dreams and projects. Not all of her projects turn out like she envisions them to, but turn out they do. Add in her cousin and best friend Hannah and you are either chuckling at their antics or cringing at the eventual outcome. Typical ten year olds who do not have access to entertainment except books and what they make themselves, their lives are full of drama. I learnt somethings too about their lifestyle (who knew that your tenth birthday ushered in a new and exciting season) and their dress. Those things that came up would not have been covered in an adult novel, because they would be of particular interest to young girls. I did not get the second book in the series, and though I do not have children in my house, I want to get each one of the series. Not since Little House on the Prairie have I found such a refreshing children’s book series.

    I received this book free from Revell Publishing Group through Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest opinion. A positive critique was not required. The opinions stated are my own.

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