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Ellie's People, Book 1

By author: Mary Christner Borntrager
Product Code: 3468a
ISBN: 9780836134681
Pages: 194
Binding Information: Paperback / softback
Size: 8.00 x 5.00 inches

Publication Date: 8/15/2014

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Ellie Maust, an Old Order Amish girl growing up in the early 1900s, wishes she could wear bright dresses like her English friend, Missy, and face cream and perfume like their fancy Amish hired girl, Susie Glick.

As Ellie helps to care for the new babies in her family, milks cows, and learns to can and garden, she strains against her father’s strict ideas and wonders what her future will hold. Along the way, she has adventures, including a sleepover at her English friend’s house and a runaway buggy ride.

When Ellie’s family moves to a new farm, she must take on even more chores and responsibility for her younger siblings. But attending Sunday night singings with the young people in her community and beginning a courtship with kind, gentle David Eash fill Ellie’s days with contentment.

When tragedy strikes her family, Ellie must find a way to go on. Finding comfort in her Amish faith and her community, Ellie blossoms into a young woman who dedicates her future plans to God.

Book 1 of the Ellie’s People: An Amish Family Saga series.

The nine books of the Ellie’s People series, beloved classics among young and old readers in Amish and Mennonite communities, are now available for today’s reader. Author Mary Christner Borntrager grew up Amish and based her novels on events in her Amish childhood. Fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series will love learning to know spunky Ellie and her friends and family.

What’s new in the Ellie’s People series:

  • Pennsylvania Dutch glossary at the end of each book
  • A sample chapter from the next book in the series
  • Language and examples updated for today’s readers

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  1. Ellie Skips School
  2. A New Friend
  3. Though He Slay Me
  4. Jacks and Half-Moon Pies
  5. The Runaway Buggy
  6. Haystacks and Straw Ticks
  7. Missy’s Visit
  8. Forbidden Fruit
  9. Face Cream, Perfume, and Body Powder
  10. Fancy Buggies and Beaus
  11. As the Twig is Bent
  12. Too Smart Yet
  13. The Big Sale
  14. A Hard Good-Bye
  15. Ellie’s Own Room
  16. Susie Glick Stops In
  17. Commotion in the Henhouse
  18. A Broken Circle
  19. Baptism Sunday
  20. Ellie’s Wedding Day
  21. An Unexpected Visitor
  22. The Dawdy Haus

Pennsylvania Dutch Glossary

Ellie’s Family Tree

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Review by: Suzanne Woods Fisher, coauthor of The Adventures of Lily Lapp series - July 1, 2014

“In many ways, ten-year-old Ellie is like any child—she wishes for more play time for play and less school time. But Ellie is also unique. As the eldest child in an Old Order Amish home, her life is filled with rules and responsibilities, family and fun. This authentic series, written by Amish-raised Mary Christner Borntrager, has much to offer readers about the ups and downs of growing up Plain. A great choice for a family read-aloud.”

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