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Monday, October 19, 2009

Sarah's Wish ~ Sarah Books {Review}

During the peak of the Underground Railroad, Sarah's mother, Rachel, helped by opening her home to slaves as a stop along the 'railroad'. When Rachel is killed in a buggy accident, Sarah promises to continue helping the 'packages' arrive safely at their destinations and do all that she can to continue the care of the slaves.

Sarah is an orphan though, and she still needs to find a family. She is taken in by Granny Evans until a more permanent family can be found, but she still has the responsibility of guarding her mother's secret.

About the Author

Jim Baumgardner is a grandfather of nine who wrote the books for his homeschooled grandchildren. This excerpt from a letter that he sent along with the book sums up so much {and says it much better than I could!}:
"The Sarah Books are authored by me for my grandchildren. I say that so that you will know these books do not have any sex, profanity, or anything that would be offensive to young readers. I would never subject my grandchildren to such writing.

The books have been referred to as Christian fiction. I prefer to describe them as Young Adult fiction written by a Christian author. Sarah's faith is important to her and she lives by it, but the books do not try to convert the reader to anything. The stories do teach Christian principles of living a good life and treating others as you would have them treat you. I do not ignore the evil in the world and Sarah must confront it at times just as we all do."
Our Thoughts

Our girls have been reading and listening to Sarah's Wish by Jim Baumgardner over the last few weeks....and really enjoying it! At the back of the book is a code that unlocks a digital download of the files so you can listen to a reading of the story.

Laurianna has been reading the story as part of her independent reading time {3rd grade}, but the book was a little over McKenna's reading level {2nd grade}, so she is happy to have the audio version and be a part of the 'review'. As we've run errands and travel we have the audio version {about 4 hours long}, playing in the van for the kids and me to listen too. The audio version is read by one person who uses different voices for characters, which the kids think is hilarious.

The girls love period/historical books, so this book has been a lot of fun for them to read and listen too. Both thought the book was a little sad at first because Sarah's mother died, but quickly were wrapped up in the storyline.They have really enjoyed it and I'm glad to add another audio book to our listening library that will also teach the kids historical facts.

Learn More

If you'd like to learn more about Sarah's Wish and other books in the series, you can visit Sarah Books online. Sarah's Wish is available directly from the company {$9.99 w/ free s/h} or through Amazon. If you order directly from the company, you'll receive an autographed copy. Be sure to check out the other books in the Sarah series ~ Sarah's Promise and Sarah's Escape.

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Thank the FTC...As a member of the Homeschool Crew, I was given this product to review,
and I do not have to return the product to the vendor. I was not paid for this post.
All opinions expressed in this post are mine.


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  • Sounds interesting. I am schooling my four year old right now, so we are not quite ready for a book like this. However, I did really enjoy reading your review!

    By Blogger Tiffany, At October 19, 2009 at 1:37 PM  

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