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Life With Lily (book 1)

Life with Lily is the first book in the ‘Adventures of Lily Lapp’ series. Lily is six in this story, just starting first grade in a one-room schoolhouse in upstate New York. Her parents are busy building a farm, and soon animals join the family—Jenny the cow and Chubby the miniature horse. A baby brother arrives, too, which Lily has mixed feelings about. (She wanted a sister!) Aside from a mischievous friend like Mandy Mast, Lily is happy at school and even happier at home. Trouble is brewing at the schoolhouse and change is on the horizon for Lily and her family. Read an excerpt.


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A New Home for Lily (book 2)

Change is all Lily faces when her family moves to an Amish community in Pennsylvania. She has to make new friends, settle into her new home—which she thinks is ugly—and adjust to another new baby brother. (Still no sisters!) Even worse, a boy at school, Aaron Yoder, enjoys tormenting poor Lily. There are some bright spots about Lily’s new home—she has a wonderful teacher, and her relatives have moved close by. But there are a few lessons Lily needs to learn about starting over. Read an excerpt.

My son Ian was complaining that he had nothing new to read, so I handed him Lily #2 off the bookshelf—just to see what he’d think. (His primary interests are Legos and Star Wars, but he loves to read all sorts of things.) He absolutely ate that thing up! Read it all that day, in two focused sittings. Read his favorite parts out loud and asked when he could get the next one. So maybe the real audience for these books is seven-year-old boys! Ha! – Barb

This book is written for young readers but easily adapts to older readers. Adults will enjoy Lily’s adventures as much as children will. Best of all, it teaches readers about Amish life and how the live to serve the Lord. Lily’s primary focus is to do her best to be a good person as God would want, and her parents do their best to teach this to her. Again, she has good intentions, but sometimes things just go awry. This is also a good book that could be read to children who cannot yet read. I highly recommend it because of its entertaining stories, interesting characters, and strong commitment to Christianity. — Radiant Lit


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A Big Year for Lily (book 3)

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.

A Surprise for Lily by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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A Surprise for Lily (book 4)

Change is in the air!

Eleven-year-old Lily Lapp wants her life to stay just the way it is. Instead, it’s constantly changing. New jobs, new schoolmates, and new challenges sure keep life interesting. It seems like the only thing Lily really wants to change—Effie Kauffman’s mischief making—is the one thing that never does. Effie is up to her old tricks, and Lily is her favorite target.

With each chapter in Lily’s life comes another ever-more exciting adventure. But no one could have prepared Lily for the biggest surprise of all! Read an excerpt.