Book Review – All-of-A-Kind Family Series

This five book series was so fun to read. The author, Sydney Taylor, did a wonderful job pulling you into the world of the adventurous young family. From the back cover of the first book:

“Meet the All-of-A-Kind  Family — Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie — who live with their parents in New York City at the turn of the century.

Together they share adventures that find them searching for hidden buttons while dusting Mama’s front parlor and visiting with the peddlers in Papa’s shop on rainy days. The girls enjoy doing everything together, especially when it involves holidays and surprises.
But no one could have prepared them for the biggest surprise of all!”


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Book Review – Mountain Pony


The Mountain Pony series is one of my favorite western series. It follows the story of young cowboy Andy Marvin and his friends, including Uncle Wes and Sally. The mystery plots are engaging and exciting, and the old-fashion writing is refreshing.

Check out all the books in the series:

1.) Mountain Pony

2.) Mountain Pony and the Pinto Colt

3.) Mountain Pony and the Rodeo Mystery

4.) Mountain Pony and the Elkhorn Mystery

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Book Review – In Grandma’s Attic


This was one of my favorite books to read, growing up. The delightful adventures and scrapes were always so interesting to devour. There are several books in the series, going all the way up to when the main character get married. Here’s the Amazon description:

A young girl delights in her grandmother’s stories of days gone by, sparked by keepsakes and simple questions, Grandma shares marvelous stories of mischief , discovery, and laughter, such as the time she accidentally lost the family buggy.
Part of the bestselling Grandma’s Attic series, these charming tales—updated with delightful new illustrations—will whisk you away to another time and place. And you’ll find something worth far more than any treasure or keepsake…timeless lessons of life and faith!
I like buying 1st editions because they’re usually the best but it’s hard to find a first edition of this book. Here’s the link to the first edition of the 2nd book in the series. 

Book Review – Laylie’s Daring Quest



Here’s another book in the Life of Faith series that I absolutely LOVE! It’s so heart-gripping and exciting. Here’s the Amazon description:

Laylie, an energetic and intelligent seven-year-old girl born into slavery, must keep a secret—she and her older brother Luke are planning an escape. When their plan takes them south to Roseland’s Plantation, Laylie meets fifteen-year-old Millie Keith, a strong abolitionist who helps Laylie understand a freedom more precious than any other. With this new discovery, Laylie’s life of faith begins as she and Luke make their way north, against impossible odds, to New York City and to true freedom. MISSION CITY PRESS is a Christian publishing company dedicated to teaching kids to live a life of faith with passionate devotion to Jesus Christ.

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Book Review – The Sugar Creek Gang


This series here was absolutely one of my favorites when I was young, and I still enjoy them! Great adventure tales and mysteries with amazing characters. There are 36 books in the series. Below is the description for the first 6.

The tales and travels of the Sugar Creek Gang have passed the test of time, delighting young readers for more than fifty years. Great mysteries for kids with a message, The Sugar Creek Gang series chronicles the faith-building adventures of a group of fun-loving, courageous Christian boys. Your kids will be thrilled, chilled, and inspired to grow as they follow the legendary escapades of Bill Collins, Dragonfly, and the rest of the gang as they struggle with the application of their Christian faith to the adventure of life.

In The Swamp Robber, the Sugar Creek Gang discovers a “disguise” hidden in a old tree. Does it belong to the bank robber hiding in the swamp? A mysterious map hidden near the tree proves to be even more exciting than the disguise. Before the adventure ends, the gang encounters the robber, helps Bill Collins welcome a new baby sister, and saves the victim of a black widow spider bite. Join the gang as they learn the lesson of “sowing and reaping”.

In The Killer Bear, Circus” Brown’s father makes a life-changing decision at a revival meeting. Will he be able to stay on the narrow path? Back in the woods, the mean Till boys and the Sugar Creek Gang wrestle over a patch of wild strawberries. This leads to an encounter with an angry black bear. Join the gang as they learn to apply the lesson of forgiving seventy times seven in the face of great danger.

In The Winter Rescue, the last swim of the summer ends miserably for the Sugar Creek Gang when someone steals Little Jim’s pet baby bear. The search for the missing bear cub takes the gang through the woods to Old Man Paddler’s cabin. When winter arrives, the boys return to the cabin, where they receive a startling surprise. Join the gang as they discover the power of prayer.

In The Lost Campers, Bill Collins and Little Jim survive a wild ride on the flooded Sugar Creek thanks to the acrobatic efforts of their friend “Circus”. When summer arrives, the gang heads to Pass Lake, Minnesota, for a camping trip. There they discover a railroad coach in the middle of a forest without any tracks, and an honest-to-goodness American Indian with beads and a war bonnet. Join the gang as the experience the meaning of being saved, both physically and spiritually.

In The Chicago Adventure, the Sugar Creek Gang’s adventure to Chicago is full of ups and downs. It starts with an airplane ride over a storm. The adventure includes museum visits, rescue mission ministry, performing on the radio at Moody Bible Institute, and an elevated train ride. A fight between Jim and Bob Till lands one of them in the hospital in critical condition. Join the Gang as they learn again that the only way to heaven is through Jesus.

In The Secret Hideout, “Poetry” brings his muddy lamb into Miss Lilly’s classroom, and chaos breaks out. The gang later discovers a mysterious cave with a hidden passage near the cemetery. When they spend the night in the cave, they are frightened by two very different visitors dressed in white. Could they be ghosts? Join the gang as Poetry’s pet lamb provides a helpful explanation of Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep.

Buy the first 6 books on Amazon!

Book Review – A Life of Faith Mille Keith

51bbbt6nwkL._SX301_BO1,204,203,200_Hey, here’s the first book in a  great series I read that you might enjoy! It’s about a girl who moves to the frontier. Below is the description from Amazon.

‘Oh, Aunt Wealthy,’ Millie cried, as Wealthy’s boot touched solid ground, ‘It’s decided!’

‘My child, what is it?’ asked the older lady, dropping the letter to take the girl’s hand and draw her to the sofa, ‘What is decided?’

Millie spoke with a determined effort to be calm. ‘This morning, at breakfast, Pappa told us children, I mean he and Mamma had talked it over last night, and you know they have been praying about it, and . . .

‘And?’ asked Aunt Wealthy as she clasped Millie’s hand to her heart.

‘We are going to move . . . to . . . to . . . Pleasant Plains, Indiana,’ replied Millie.

‘The frontier!’ Wealthy gasped, sinking back on the couch.

Meet Millie Keith, a bright and energetic twelve-year-old living in the charming town of Lansdale, Ohio, in 1833. Her world is about to be turned upside down when her Pappa announces that he is moving the family west to an undeveloped town on the frontier. The eldest daughter of eight lively children, Millie must shoulder responsibility for her mischievous brothers and sisters on the perilous journey and learn to trust God for her uncertain future. Will her Christian faith sustain her as she leaves behind friendships and everything she has ever known?

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