I've got to tell you about one of our most recent Crew Assignments. I was really excited about this one because all I had to do was read a book! I love to read and have read avidly since I was a little girl. I remember one evening I was in my room engrossed in a book when my younger brother and older sister came charging into my room telling me that the house was on fire! It ended up being a trick. They thought I spent too much time with my nose in a book and wanted to get me moving a bit. I love books.
When I received my copy of Sarah's Wish for review, I loved the look of the book. This first book in the series is not a thick book at 123 pages, but it feels good in your hands. A paperback book, it is well constructed. The cover art is beautiful and the pages are thick and white.
I always read a book's introduction, if I can get through it. The introduction to Sarah's Wish brought you into the book. If you can believe this, it actually made you want to turn the page and start the book right away! I've never really had that reaction to an introduction, usually it can stand on it's own.
And then there was the story. Sorry, I'm not going to tell you much about the story. I really don't want to ruin any of it for you because it unfolds in a lovely way. Suffice it to say that the book is about a young girl named Sarah. But this is just just a book for girls. I fully intend to read Sarah's Wish to our boys. It is a fine piece of historical fiction.
I thoroughly enjoyed Sarah's Wish. I highly recommend it to all readers in an upper-elementary level and older. And I would suggest that you read it to those who aren't in an upper-elementary level.
There are three books in the Sarah series. I am hoping to read the other two just as soon as I can send for them. An audio version of Sarah's Wish was included with my book and I listened to three out of four of the downloads for this book. It was fascinating. The reader is female and she voices the characters very well, using various voices for each character. I was on the edge of the seat for much of the audio. You can find out more about the Sarah Books here. As I've said, there are three books:
Sarah's Wish retails for 10.99, but the author sells it at his website www.sarahbooks.net for 9.99. You can also purchase the audio on CD for $24.99, but the author offers it on his website for $16.99.
Sarah's Promise retails for $14.99, but you can buy it from the author on his website for $13.50. You can also get the audio for Sarah's Promise on 5 CDs for $27.99, but the author sells it on his website for $18.99. If it is done a like the Sarah's Wish audio, it is well worth the purchase.
Sarah's Escape the newest book in the series is 304 pages, with a glossary of 19th Century terms and two drawings of Sarah. Retail Price: $21.99 but now available on the author's website for $17.50.
The author offers free shipping and handling AND he autographs the books. I was so surprised to find my book autographed with a brief message to me. He sent these books to over 100 crew members, and mine had my name in it! It was like Christmas morning. I am a HUGE Jim Baumgardner fan after reading Sarah's Wish and reading a few of his newsletters.
Check out the Sarah books. The author, Jim Baumgardner, has a charming e-newsletter as well. You can subscribe to it by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please put "send newsletter" in the subject line of the email. I hope you will enjoy the books AND the author as much as I have.