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Dora's DiaryView
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Birch Hollow Schoolmarm : Dora's Diary 1
illustrated by Joy Dunn Keenan
paperback, 192 pages, $4.50
Dora runs around with the Amish youth, then makes her peace with parents and church. Family friends call her to teach for an Amish community in Minnesota. She dedicates herself to teaching, yet is not too busy to have dates with Matthew.

When the teaching job fizzles out, she works as a hired girl, caring for nine young children. Stress almost overwhelms Dora, but lilacs, love, and faith keep her going.

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Lilac Blossom Time: Dora's Diary 2
illustrated by Joy Dunn Keenan
paperback, 160 pages, $4.50
The sequel to Birch Hollow Schoolmarm. Dora and Matthew have a joyful reunion in Minnesota for a week, but he has to return to California. The letters fly between them as Dora is a Maad (hired girl) for a lively, large family in Minnesota. Then she returns to her parents in Pennsylvania and serves as a companion for Mrs. Worthington.

Dora hears tales of the Underground Railroad and of pioneers in the West. With Mrs. Worthington, she visits California and sees Matthew over Valentine's Day! Then come spring courting and the fall wedding. Lilacs, love, and faith keep Dora going.

Copyright 2001.

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Save 50% on each title! Back by popular demand, Carrie Bender's series about Dora, the adopted daughter of Miriam and Nate. 
Whispering Brook SeriesView
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  Whispering Brook Farm
paper, 222 pages, $4.50
The Petersheims, a loving close-knit Amish family, are surrounded by relatives, friends, and their church. Daughter Nancy treasures every corner of Whispering Brook Farm and dearly loves all her brothers and sister, her parents and her grandparents who live in part of the house. Book 1
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  Summerville Days
paper, 224 pages, $4.50
Whispering Brook Farm is home base for Nancy Petersheim. But she pulls herself away to vista her sister and brother-in-aw in Summerville. Never once did she dream that her visit in that Amish settlement would stretch from two weeks to last all summer, so she could help her sister Mary. nancy, tied closely to family and church, learns more about housekeeping and doing right. Book 2
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  Woodland Dell's Secret
illustrated by Joy Dunn Keenan
paper, 176 pages, $4.50
Nancy Petersheim, keeping house for her brother Omar, is busy with her own work, helping neighbors, and being friends with Sally and Andrew. This Amish family pulls together in the crunch and knows how to enjoy wholesome living. They invite you to share their fun and celebration of life. Book 5

2007 reprint Masthof Press

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Save 50% on each title! Warm stories of Amish farm life by Carrie Bender for ages 9 and up. 
Betty Girl and Other Animal StoriesView
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by Carrie Bender, compiler
  SAve 50%! paperback, 124 pages, $4.50
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More than thirty Amish and Mennonites have shared their personal experiences with animals. Read about Anna whose horse "Betty Girl" could run like the wind; Blind Shirley's seeing eye horse, "Tinkles" whos always new when Sunday arrived and would trot off to church without being told when and where; a banty hen who crowed like a roster; and more.

Laugh and cry with these true stories about playful and adventurous animals.

Copyright 2004 Mastof Press.

 
Springtime's PromiseView
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Follow a young orphaned girl's journal as she adjusts to living with her grandparents in the Conestoga Valley in Pennsylvania. She joins in the happy family times of work and play on the farm and rejoices at being part of a big family and everything that comes with it. There are stories of old to listen to after the work is done and record in her journal as she sits by the mill bridge.

Copyright 2009 Masthof Press

 

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