The Legend of Annie Murphy, by Frank Peretti

Starting today, I will be posting reviews on Mondays as well as Thursdays, Lord willing 🙂

In 1885, the Murphy mine struck gold. According to legend, Annie Murphy killed her husband out of greed. Just before she was to be hanged for the murder, she escaped. Now, 100 years later, there have been sightings of Annie Murphy’s “ghost”. The Coopers unwittingly become involved in a mystery that finds them caught between the past and the present.


Title: The Legend of Annie Murphy

Author: Frank Peretti

Genre(s): Christian Fiction, Time travel (if that’s even a genre… lol)


Romance Content: None.

Recommended age range: 10-15

My Review:

This… was a very interesting book! I loved the time travel aspect of it- I’ve always been intrigued by time travel, even though I know it isn’t a reality- and with the mystery intertwined… very cool. 🙂 I enjoyed it very much. Highly recommended, but just a warning- time travel is not really real (as far as I know), so don’t let this book convince you. 😉

The Apprentices, by Sarah Brazytis


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  “Old James is dead, and Lady Luckley has no recourse but to hire a new footman. She is elated to be given the priceless opportunity to get two perfectly matched footmen at the same time. George and Geoffrey are young, teachable, and eager for work.
But is Dunderlee House ready for identical twins?

Meticulously researched, The Apprentices will give you a glimpse into the servants’ quarters of an old house – and an idea of how two innocent boys can turn an elderly household upside down!”


Title: The Apprentices

Author: Sarah Brazytis (

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 5/5 stars

Content: 5/5

My Review: 

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

I really enjoyed this short story.  It is only 90 pages long (paperback version), so it doesn’t take long to read.  I think the writing was good (though I’m no expert on it ;)), and it was easy to understand what was going on.  I liked how it showed that even twins have different personalities, because I haven’t read many books that are like that.  My favorite part was when (SPOILER ALERT!) Lady Luckley went to see George when he was sick.

All in all, this was a great book, and I would highly recommend it.


Written by Leona G., 11 yrs.




Dash, by Kirby Lars


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Dash was written by Kirby Larson.  It contains 243 pages. This book is a fiction novel and begins in Seattle, Washington.

Mitsue “Mitsi” Kashino is living in Seattle, WA during World War II.  When she starts school, her friends from last year reject her because of her ethnicity.  Mitsi tries to be friendly to them, but another girl steps in to take her place as their best friend.  Eventually, news comes that all people of Japanese descent must go to camps to live.  And the worst news of all: Mitsi must leave her beloved dog, Dash, behind!  Mitsi and her family find a neighbor lady to take care of Dash until they come back.  And they are off to the camp!

The first camp they go to has only plywood houses.  Mitsi’s whole family – 5 people – must share a very small shack.  In a letter to her dog, Mitsi complains that she has to step over her brother’s cot to get to her own! Eventually they get moved to another camp.  This one isn’t much better though – the first was muddy, but the next was very dusty.  The only good thing about it (as Mitsi wrote) was that her best friend’s shack was next to Mitsi’s.

Eventually the good news comes – pets are now allowed in the camps!  Mrs. Bowker, the lady who had taken care of Dash, brought him to Mitsi.  Mitsi, overjoyed, hugs him as hard as she can.  All is well again!

This would be a good book to read if you are learning about WW II.  I enjoyed the parts about Dash. 🙂


Written by Leona G.



Millie’s Faithful Heart, based on the characters by Martha Finley


  Millie’s Faithful Heart was based on the characters by Martha Finley.  It contains 224 pages and is the fourth book in the “A Life of Faith: Millie Keith” series.  This book is a fiction novel that begins in in the south during 1838.

Millie’s Faithful Heart is about a girl named Millie who is sent south to her uncle’s plantation for her health.  The book before this one, Millie’s Remarkable Journey, describes her journey south.  One of my favorite things about this book is how she falls in love with a non-Christian.  Now, don’t stop reading here, please!  She declines his proposal because of her belief about being “un-equally yoked.”   I think that she had great faith, and knew that she had to do what was right.

In this book, Millie also helps a slave girl and her brother. Millie’s aunt Isabel said that if Millie attended all the parties, she would give the girl to Millie.  Millie doesn’t want to be a slave owner, but she decides that once she goes back to Indiana, she will set Laylie free.  That doesn’t happen, but Laylie and Luke do get to freedom!  I won’t tell you the ending, but it is really cool!

This is a good book about guarding your heart.

If you enjoyed this book, I also recommend the Elsie Dinsmore Series, by Martha Finley. I am anticipating reading the next books in this series, as well.


Violet’s Hidden Doubts, based on the characters by Martha Finley


  Violet’s Hidden Doubts was based on the characters by Martha Finley.  It contains 224 pages and is the first book in the “A Life of Faith: Violet Travilla” series.  This book is a fiction novel that begins at a Southern plantation in October of 1877.

Violet’s Hidden Doubts is about Violet (or Vi) Travilla. In this book, Vi’s beloved father dies.  She is devastated at this loss and draws back from the family. Later, Vi opens up to her mother and confesses that she believes that she caused her father’s death. Elsie convinces her that her feelings are not correct, and Vi is back to her usual self.

Later in the book, Vi and her family take a trip to Viamede, the plantation where Elsie was born.  Once there, Elsie’s cousin Molly gets married. Many other exciting things happen, also.

One of the best things about this book is the relationship that Vi and her family have with God.  Several people in this book learn important lessons that we can apply to our lives, too.

If you enjoyed this book, I also recommend the Elsie Dinsmore Series, by Martha Finley. I am anticipating reading the next books in this series, as well.


The School Story, by Andrew Clements

The School Story

The School Story was written by Andrew Clements. This school story takes place in New York and contains 196 pages.

This book is about a girl named Natalie Nelson. Her mom works at Shipley Junior, a publishing company. One day, on the way home from work, Mrs. Nelson mentions that the company needs more school stories. Natalie thinks, “Who knows more about school than someone who’s right there, five days a week, nine months a year? I bet I could write a school story.” So she writes a book, called The Cheater.

Natalie shows her book to her friend, Zoe Reisman, who thinks of an idea. The girls could publish the book! With the help of an English teacher, Zoe’s dad, and Natalie’s uncle, they get it published.

The Cheater is edited by Natalie’s mom, so Natalie uses the pen name Cassandra Day. Zoe pretends to be a literary agent named Zee Zee Reisman. This is a cool book!

One thing I learned from this book is about the publishing world. I never really knew how it worked, and I learned a lot about it in this book, from literary agencies to editors. The School Story also inspired me to write a book of my own. It isn’t done yet, but I’m working on it!

The following passage is my favorite in the book. It is when Natalie comes to a publishing party in her honor, and when her mom learns who Cassandra Day really is.

        “Putting her arm around Natalie’s waist, Zoe said, ‘This is Cassandra Day. That’s her pen name. Cassandra Day is Natalie Nelson.’

The camera operator saw it all. As the tape rolled she thought, It doesn’t get better than this. And she was right.

        The camera saw everything so clearly. It saw the woman look at the girl, completely   baffled. It saw the mother’s eyes widen, her eyebrows furrow into a question mark and then smooth to under standing. It recorded the ballet of emotions that danced across both faces.

The microphone heard the woman’s sharp intake of breath, almost a gasp, and then the long breathing out, almost a sigh. And it heard the girl whisper,’It’s true, Mom.’

Mother and daughter looked at each other for a long moment, and when they hugged, the people and the room and the building and the city around them disappeared.”

  One of the best things about this book is Zoe, Natalie’s friend. Even when Natalie gets discouraged, Zoe is always there to encourage her. This is a highlight of the story.

This is a very good book. I highly recommend it.

This book is not in a series, but Andrew Clements, the author, has written many school stories. I wouldn’t recommend many of them, but some of them are good.

This book is published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. It’s ISBN is: 0-689-82594-3

Written By Leona G., 11 yrs.

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“This guide to radiant purity combines the thoughts and events in the life of a young princess with solid, clear teaching of Biblical convictions that young ladies today need to grasp. Through a captivating fairy tale, modern day examples, practical instruction and abundant humor, Sarah Mally challenges young ladies to turn to the Lord for fulfillment, to guard their hearts and minds, to identify and avoid the world’s thinking and to shine brightly in this generation.

This book offers biblical answers to everyday questions and deep life struggles. It includes many practical tips for girls such as how to guard your heart when you have a crush, being wise in Internet usage, how to strengthen relationships with parents, and how to use your single years wisely.”

Title: Before You Meet Prince Charming

Author: Sarah Mally

Genre(s): Christian Non-Fiction

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Content: 5/5


I really liked this book. It was very convicting to me, and I think that every Christian girl should read it. In the first part of every chapter there is a continuing fairy tale of a princess and how she waits for her Prince Charming. The second part of each chapter teaches different aspects of courtship, purity, and the like.  As the website says, it would be good for ladies ages 8-100! There is nothing inappropriate for younger readers in it, as with some other Christian purity books, and I really appreciate that aspect of it. I highly recommend Before You Meet Prince Charming! 🙂



Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan

blog+esther11sept2015 017About This Book:

“Thirteen-year-old Rachel Sheridan is left an orphan after influenza takes the lives of her missionary parents in British East Africa in 1919. When cruel neighbors take her in, Rachel suspects their intentions may not be honest. Soon, Rachel becomes entangled in a shocking and nefarious plot that takes her away from her beloved East Africa on a lonely and treacherous journey across the ocean. Surrounded by greed and lies, Rachel must rely on her irrepressible spirit and extraordinary wit to weather her incredible adventure. And somewhere along the way, between deception and hope, the truth sets Rachel free and Africa calls her home.” Exerpt from inside of front cover.

Review: I really enjoyed this book. It was exciting, and Rachel is an irrepressible character. I also like other books by this author. ♥♥♥♥

Series: None

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN-13: 9780060581749

ISBN-10: 0060581743

Written by: Leona G., 11!! yrs.


Secret Star by Terri Farley

phantomstallion#19 002About This Book:

“A movie star horse and his trainer are coming to River Bend Ranch, and Samantha can’t wait. But when Bayfire shows up, something is obviously wrong. The famous stallion has lost his sparkle. Bayfire has to get ready for his biggest, most dangerous scene of his new movie. If Sam can’t help bring back the stallion’s fiery spirit, his career could be over- and someone could get hurt.” Exerpt for the back of the book.

Review: I really like this series, and this book is one of the best. It would be good for ages 10 and up. I especially like the front covers. They always have pictures of beautiful horses. There is another branch of this series called Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island. Terri Farley’s website is at ♥♥♥♥

Series: Phantom Stallion #19

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers



Written By: Leona G., 10 yrs.