Surprise for Lily (The Adventures of Lily Lapp Book #4)
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Change is brewing for Lily Lapp. Her favorite cousin, Hannah, moves away and Harvey Hershberger, a boy with a talent for trouble, moves right in. Harvey's antics stir up the entire schoolhouse, and his fondness for Lily gets under Aaron Yoder's skin. Add in a mischievous dog rescued by Lily's brother, an old Shawnee Indian and a mother bear, and a secret Lily's mother is keeping, and you've got a recipe for laughter, love, and big surprises.Girls ages 8 to 12 will love navigating the changes in Lily's world with her in this final book in the sweetly simple Adventures of Lily Lapp series.



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Date de parution 01 septembre 2013
Nombre de lectures 2
EAN13 9781441244567
Langue English

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© 2013 by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger
Published by Revell
a division of Baker Publishing Group
P.O. Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287
Ebook edition created 2013
Ebook corrections 11.06.2015
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—for example, electronic, photocopy, recording—without the prior written permission of the publisher. The only exception is brief quotations in printed reviews.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is on file at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
ISBN 978-1-4412-4456-7
Scripture quotations, whether quoted or paraphrased, are from the King James Version of the Bible.
This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is coincidental.
Published in association with Joyce Hart of The Hartline Literary Agency, LLC
Illustrations by Tim Foley
Praise for the Adventures of Lily Lapp series
“A simple look at Amish life through the eye of a child; great book for a group or family read; short chapters to hold little ones’ attentions; easy to read for ages 8–12; entertaining.”
Christian Manifesto
“This is truly a gem. Similar to the Little House on the Prairie stories, we learn about the Amish way of life and get to meet several of Lily’s family’s friends and relatives. This is an excellent book for young readers; it offers a different perspective and point of view while still entertaining.”
Fiction Addict
“Adults’ concerns about making ends meet, illness, and death lap at Lily’s life, but her parents prove an unbreachable levee, protecting her and their way of life. The simple prose focused on daily living will appeal to those who like realistic fiction.”
Publishers Weekly
“Lily enjoys the adventures of each new day. As you travel with her, you’ll learn the Amish way of life. The humor and wonderment of childhood is worth the read.”
RT Book Reviews
From Mary Ann
To my four children each of you have brought so much joy into my life.

From Suzanne
To my new little granddaughter, Kaitlyn Paige, my first. I’ve been waiting for you!
Cover 1
Title Page 3
Copyright Page 4
Praise for the Adventures of Lily Lapp series 6
Dedication 7
1. Lily’s First and Last Rowboat Trip 11
2. The Disappearing Garden Boot 20
3. Finding Dozer 28
4. Life with a Crazy Puppy 38
5. The Magazine Article 42
6. Saying Goodbye to Grandpa Lapp 48
7. Lily’s First Day of School 61
8. Harvey Hershberger Moves to Town 73
9. Who’s the Next Bishop? 83
10. A Talk with Mama 89
11. A Wedding 99
12. The Chicken Pops 106
13. Papa Saves the Day 115
14. A Visitor on Christmas Eve 122
15. The School Board Comes Calling at Whispering Pines 130
16. Beth and the House Fire 140
17. Lily Has an Almost-Sister 147
18. The Trouble with Harvey Hershberger 155
19. Visiting Teaskoota 164
20. Dozer’s Nose for Trouble 173
21. Jim 179
22. Aaron Yoder Up to Bat 191
23. Mama’s Birthday Dress 203
24. Nearly Losing Dannie 211
25. Kentucky Auction 225
26. Grandma’s Stories 235
27. Papa’s Flight 242
28. The Train Tunnel 246
29. A Very Mad Bull 256
Questions about the Amish 263
About the Authors 267
Other Books by the Authors 268
Back Ads 269
Back Cover 272
1 Lily’s First and Last Rowboat Trip
A ll morning, Lily hurried to pull weeds in the garden. As soon as she finished, Mama said, she could spend the rest of the day at Cousin Hannah’s house. After Lily had worked so hard in the hot August sun, only to rush over to Hannah’s house, she arrived to disappointment. Hannah was helping her mother can peaches in a steamy kitchen. Next to weeding the garden on a hot summer day, Lily’s least favorite job was to can fruit.
One by one, Aunt Mary halved the peaches and Hannah and Lily dropped the peaches into clean glass jars. When the last jar was filled, the girls washed their sticky hands under the faucet, happy to be free to spend the rest of the day outdoors.
Hannah grabbed a loaf of bread from the shelf in the pantry. “Let’s feed the fish in our pond.”
“Does your mother mind if we use that bread?” Lily asked.
“Nope,” Hannah said. “We always feed stale bread to the fish. This bread was baked yesterday, so it isn’t fresh any longer.”
The bread was stale after just one day? That wasn’t Mama’s way of thinking. But Lily wanted to help Hannah feed the fish so she didn’t say another word about it. No indeed! Not one word.
“We have a surprise by the pond,” Hannah said as they hurried down the dirt path that led through the pasture to the pond.
“Will I like it?” Lily asked. Hannah was much more bold and adventurous than she was. It wouldn’t surprise her if Hannah had something horrible and frightening to show her, like an ugly bullfrog or a snake with pointy fangs.
Hannah skipped along. “Oh, you’ll like it a lot.”
When the girls reached the pond, Lily spotted an old, worn-out green rowboat along the shoreline. “A boat?”
“Yes! My dad bought it last week and gives us rides in it every evening. I can even help row it.”
“Why is it upside down?”
“Dad flips it upside down each night so no water can get inside if it rains,” Hannah said. “Help me turn it over so you can see what it looks like on the inside.”
Lily bent down to help Hannah lift the rowboat. It was heavier than it looked. They lifted as hard as they could. Lily was afraid it might slip and come crashing down right on top of their fingers. With one final grunt and an extra hard shove, they managed to push the boat upright so that it toppled over. The girls puffed and panted, impressed with their own strength.
The interior of the boat had two smoothly varnished bench seats. Hannah climbed in. “Let’s sit inside to feed the fish.”
Lily scrambled into the boat to join her. They broke off bits of bread from the loaf. Now and then, if they watched carefully as they tossed a piece of bread into the water, a fish would snap the bait and the bread would disappear, leaving only bubbles behind. Dragonflies skated over the surface of the still water.
“Do you see the water lilies growing on the other side of the pond? I helped my dad plant them this spring.” Hannah sighed. “I don’t think I’ll see them when they grow big and tall.”
Lily tossed a piece of bread out farther. “Why not?”
Hannah lowered her voice to a whisper. “I think we’re going to move.”
Lily froze. It felt as if she had just been hit by a rock and was in that in-between moment before it hurt so terribly. “Why?” she asked. “But why? I thought your family was happy here.”
“I like it here just fine,” Hannah said. “But Levi and I have been eavesdropping on Mama and Papa. We’ve heard them say things like, ‘It didn’t take the children long to make new friends here, so they shouldn’t have any problem making new friends again.’”
It couldn’t be true! It just couldn’t. Surely, Lily’s parents would have heard about it. After all, Mama and Aunt Mary were sisters. Hannah must have misheard. She was known for mixing things up and starting rumors based on her mix-ups. Hannah had a flair for the dramatic.
Lily couldn’t bear to think of Hannah moving away. So she did what she always did when she didn’t want to think about something. She changed the subject. “It would be fun to feed the fish out in the middle of the pond.”
“We could row the boat out there,” Hannah said.
Lily hesitated. “I’ve never rowed a boat.”
“Oh, it’s a snap!” Hannah said, snapping her fingers to show Lily just how easy it was. “I could teach you.” She tossed the loaf of bread into the bottom of the boat and hopped out. “Help me push the boat into the water.”
The two girls pushed and shoved, pushed and shoved. The bottom of the boat scraped over stones and dirt to the edge of the pond. Hannah held the boat steady and told Lily to get in.
Lily climbed over the side and sat down quickly. The rocking motion made her feel as if she might pitch right over the side. Hannah scrambled in, tipping the boat wildly while Lily clutched her seat. Then she unclipped the oars from the side of the boat and handed one to Lily. Hannah jammed an oar into the bank to push off. She fit each oar through a lock, a steel hook, on each side of the boat. “Just watch and do what I do.”
The oar felt heavy and clumsy in Lily’s hands as she tried to dip it into the water to paddle. It was much harder than it looked. The boat drifted out toward the middle of the pond as Lily tried to help Hannah row. Instead of going in a nice straight line they kept going around and around in circles. It wasn’t long before Hannah grew impatient with Lily’s feeble rowing. “You need to dip your oar deeper into the water to paddle.” She rowed harder to show Lily exactly what she meant, pulling the water with hardly a ripple.
“I can’t do it exactly like you’re doing,” Lily said. Her frustration built, minute by minute. “You couldn’t paddle very well either if you were sitting on this side of the boat.”
“Oh, yes I could,” Hannah said. “Let’s trade places and I’ll show you.” She got up to move to Lily’s side of the boat. The boat rocked and Lily quickly gripped her seat with both hands to steady herself.
“Oh no! Why did you do that?”
Lily looked up at her in surprise. “Do what? What did I do?”
“The oar! You’ve dropped the oar into the water.”
Lily felt her mouth drop open. She had been so concerned about the boat tipping over that she had let go of the oar! It was floating away from the boat.
“We have to get it so we can row back to the shore,” Hannah said.
The girls leaned over the side of the boat to try to reach the oar, but it was just beyond their reach. They stretched a little farther, then a little bit more. Then Lily got the scare of her life. The boat tilted so far that the girls spilled headfirst into the water.

Lily couldn’t

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