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YA Review: A New Home for Lily

18 Jan Posted by in Reviews | 1 comment
YA Review: A New Home for Lily

A New Home for Lily by Suzanne Woods Fisher, Mary Ann Kinsinger A New Home for Lily by Suzanne Woods Fisher, Mary Ann Kinsinger
Reviewed by: Jennifer Roman
Genre: YA, Amish, Christian, Children
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: February 2013

In the second book in the Adventures with Lily Lapp series, Lily and her Amish family arrive at their new home in Pennsylvania. Lily is not happy to be moving, and her new home isn’t very nice, in her opinion. The house is small and is an ugly olive green on the outside with ugly orange countertops inside. She doesn’t even have a room- she has to sleep in a corner of the upstairs hallway. She is upset when she has to go to a new school the very next day after moving, and there she meets a boy named Aaron Yoder, who always finds a way to tease Lily. She left bossy Mandy Mast behind in New York, but here at this new community is Effie Kauffman, who is even bossier than Mandy. Effie is the daughter of a minister and thinks she knows everything. Despite finding things wrong with her new home, Lily has plenty of adventures. One of the biggest surprises for Lily is the birth of her newest brother, Paul. She quickly deems him the ugliest baby ever, even uglier than Dannie was when he was born! From beginning to end, this book brings lots of adventures to life through the eyes of a young Amish girl.

This book is written in the third person but reflects Lily’s perspective. Even though she is taught to be kind and polite, Lily still has typical feelings about things. She doesn’t always want to share and she envies her brothers’ ability to play while she has to help her mother with housework. She secretly has ugly feelings about Aaron and Effie. Readers will see that despite her being Amish, she shares many of the same characteristics as they do. Lily manages to turn situations around so that what once started out as an activity with good intentions has humorous and unexpected endings. Readers of all ages will giggle when Lily gets knocked over by a hungry calf Lily is SURE she can feed, or when she bursts out telling the girl hired to help after Mama gives birth to Paul that her “slippery eggs” are awful. She tries her best to be good and calm, but Lily just has a knack for causing commotion.

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. There is nothing offensive in this book, so anyone could read it. 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.


Rated G: This book is written about the Amish for children and has nothing offensive.

Review copy provided by the author. Thank you!


One comment

  • Thank you, Jennifer! What a terrific review for our Lily! Loved your comment: “Lily has the best of intentions, but sometimes things go awry.” Made me smile!
    So grateful for the thumbs up review–means a lot! And thanks for sharing Lily with your readers. Warmly, Suzanne

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