A Summer Secret – Amish Series

A Summer Secret141813089A Summer Secret: The Mysteries of Middlefield Series

Kathleen Fuller, author

Tommy Nelson Publishers, Fiction 2010

Suitable for:  Ages 12 and up

Themes:  Amish Lifestyle,  Sibling Rivalry, Mystery, Adventure, Friendship

Opening/Synopsis:  Mary Beth Mullet is a 13-year-old Amish girl living with her parents and three mischievous and noisy brothers.  She seeks a quiet place of her own where she can day-dream, write and sketch in her journal.  Many readers will identify with her situation.   She finds refuge in an old abandoned barn her parents have forbidden her to visit.   One day she finds a button that she knows must belong to a Yankee (non-Amish) person.  It is unsettling for her because she realizes her secret place has been violated.  Her twin brother, Johnny, discovers her secret place when he follows Mary Beth one day to the barn.  There a mystery begins to unfold when the twins discover a young runaway boy hiding in the barn.  Who is he?  Why is he hiding?  They have some decisions to make that may involve an element of risk and danger.  What will they do?

Why I like this book:  Kathleen Fuller has written a richly detailed and beautiful coming of age book.  Although it is designated for young adults, I believe middle graders would enjoy this clean read, as well as adults.  And, I would also recommend the book for boys because it is full of adventure, mystery and has many twists and turns.  The plot is strong and the characters are well- developed.  Fuller has thoroughly researched and accurately portrayed the humble Amish lifestyle.   Growing up in Ohio, she writes about Middlefield, the fourth largest Amish community in the world.    She weaves their history into the book, using some of the Old Order language.  There is a glossary in the book.    I loved the book and couldn’t put it down.  I’m also from Ohio, and am drawn to stories about the Amish communities.  I look forward to reading the remaining  two books in the series:  The Secrets Beneath and Hide and Secret.   Check out Kathleen Fuller’s website.

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24 thoughts on “A Summer Secret – Amish Series

  1. I’ve read a picture book about an Amish girl several months ago – it’s by David Small and Sarah Stewart entitled The Journey. It would be a great companion book for this one.

    • Myra,
      I was so excited to find a YA book about the Amish. I live in Ohio and I’ve always been fascinated with the culture. Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll check it out. I met a man at Southampton Conference, that had written a PB on Barn Raising, so will review it Friday.

  2. I love stories about the Amish, although I haven’t read any in the YA genre. This one sounds exciting. Love the cover! Looks like something a lot of kids will be attracted to.

    • Ruth, I was surprised to find a YA novels about the Amish. The author has written many. Like you, I love Amish! This book had a girl protagonist, but really was about a threesome, two who were boys. So boys would enjoy this action-packed story.

    • Erik, boys would enjoy this book. Even though it says YA, I thought it read like a MG novel too. Mary Beth may be the protagonist, but her twin and the runaway are boys. So I believe boys would enjoy it because of the adventure and action. I know you live in an Amish region. So do I. There are two very large communities in Middlefield and another large community between Columbus and Canton.

  3. I’ve read a handful of Amish books from the adult Inspirational genre, but I find the romancy stuff just isn’t my niche. This one, being for a younger audience with a bit of adventure, sounds more my style. And I always appreciate clean reads.

    • Susanna, I love everything Amish and am privileged to live in a state where I see them. In fact your traveled through Amish communities on your trips last week in Ohio. Great to find this author and the books be for the YA audience.

  4. I’ve always had a strong interest in Amish culture. I am going to have to put this series on my list! Thanks Patricia.

  5. I’m definitely going to be checking this series out! I really love stories about Amish life. While I haven’t read any books on it before I’ve always wanted to. I’m specifically excited that this is YA, because I haven’t seen any in that genre before.

    • Amanda, I was surprised to find a YA series on the Amish. The author did an excellent job at reseaching. I loved it. There are three books in the trilogy, all stand alone, but some characters make appearances.

  6. Thanks so much, Patricia, for the info and review. I may pass this along to my niece. Thanks also, for stopping by my blog today and commenting. It’s great to meet you! 🙂

    • Thank you for stopping. I enjoyed your interview with Michelle — very meaningful! This is a wonderful book about a culture kids need to know more about. But, it is a kids books and packed with mystery and adventure.

  7. This book sounds excellent. I can’t help thinking that my Mum would have loved it — she became fascinated with the Amish through a book series she read (and re-read, and re-read again) while she was in nursing homes. Thanks, Pat, for yet another winning recommendation.

    • Beth, I just happened to find this trilogy in Barnes and Noble in a display. I love Amish books, so I was very happy to find a YA novel for youth, although I still think the MG group could read it too. And, the first book is a book boys would love. We have some very large Amish communities in Ohio and I’ve always read anything I could get my hands on. Think your Mum would have enjoyed.

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