Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sarah Books: TOS Review

Members of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew had the opportunity to review Sarah's Wish, one of three books in the Sarah series by Jim Baumgardner.

Sarah's Wish is the fictional story of Sarah, a twelve-year old girl whose mother helps runaway slaves in the years just prior to the Civil War. Sarah is orphaned when her mother dies in an accident. Granny, an elderly friend of Sarah's mother, takes Sarah in and loves and cares for her, as she tries to find a family for the girl. Granny shares Sarah's desire to help slaves who are seeking freedom, and the pair encounter danger and adventure, as they carry out their mission. As much as she loves Granny, Sarah's one wish is to be adopted by loving parents.

I enjoyed this book. Although my eight-year old son would have attended well to this chapter book, I did not read it to him. I knew that Sarah's losing her only parent at the very beginning of the story would be upsetting to him.

Mr. Baumgardner has woven mystery, adventure, history, and faith into this story. It is exciting at times and heartwarming at others. I did feel that the inclusion of Granny's country dialect slowed the writing down occasionally, but overall I enjoyed the story and look forward to finding out what happens to Sarah next in the follow-up novels, Sarah's Promise, and Sarah's Escape.

This would be a good book to accompany a unit on the Underground Railroad or the Civil War. It would also be a memorable family read-aloud. And if you think you're children aren't quite old enough for some of the themes that I mentioned, it makes for a nice bed-time read for Mom.

Sarah's Wish retails for $10.99, but if you order online you can obtain the special author's price of $9.99 and receive free shipping and handling. You'll also receive an autographed copy if you order online.

Sarah's Wish in audio book form (4 CD's, approx. 4 hours listening) retails for$24.99, but again, if you order online you receive the author's price of $16.99.

To learn more about the Sarah Books along with information about the Underground Railroad and other interesting historical facts, visit the Sarah Books website.

To read more reviews of this book, head over to the TOS Crew Blog.

Disclaimer: This product was received free for purposes of review. No other payment was made. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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