Sarah’s Wish by Jim Baumgardner

Heather —  October 5, 2009

Summary and Review: 5.  I have to hurry and write this review so I can go to the website and get the second book in this series:) Seriously. As a reader of my blog, you probably know I love books…or more specifically, interesting, fun to read books. I am an English major and I have strong feelings about books…I either love them or I do not even read them to the end.

Anyway, when I pick up a book, I usually know within the first 3-5 pages of the book whether I will enjoy the book and finish it in a day, or if  I will never read it.

Well, the book Sarah’s Wish falls into my first category. After beginning, I finished it that day, because I wanted to know what happened to Sarah and because I loved the way the author whisked you away to the 19th century. Very enjoyable.

The first in the series

Anyway, I am always on the lookout for good reading material for my little ones and my teens. While reading, I noticed several things that I feel are important about Jim Baumgardener’s books:

  • He has a plot…several plot lines going on at the same time!
  • Characters in the book tackle difficult circumstances with understanding and grace. I don’t want to do a spoiler here, but one character undergoes very trying circumstances and the author handles the topic very well.
  • The book is set in the 1800’s and Baumgardener has done quite a bit of research to authenticate the characters and give readers a real experience of the past…in fact, turns out he is the great, great grandson of one of the main characters!
  • While you are reading the exciting escapade, you are also learning about history. The Underground Railroad plays a big part in the plot of the story.

Overall, I am impressed by the book. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and have passed the book onto my kids to read as well. My husband is actually reading it at night to my four year old and he says it is a fun upgrade from her picture books.

Oh! With the book, we also received a code to download an audio version of the story–this is neat as it is an added extra and was a nice surprise to me.

Check out the website! The site contains all kinds of great stuff. You can sign up for a newsletter to “go” with the Sarah books. Contests, study questions, vocabulary and some old fashioned jokes are just a few of the homeschool helps available!

PS: Sarah’s Escape, the third book in the Sarah series is now out. Order now and get an autographed copy of Sarah’s latest and most exciting adventure. Also, if you order from the website, you can get discounts on the earlier books and free shipping.

Excellent. I Love it!

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