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Title:
Best family ever
ISBN:
9781534412156
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2019]
Physical Description:
277 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
General Note:
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
Summary:
"Brooke is the perfect older sister. For that reason, Kari and Ashley work hard to make their parents just as proud of them as they are of Brooke. Each girl has her own talents. Brooke is an excellent student. Kari is a great soccer player. Ashley, a talented artist. And they are always there for each other. But when the news comes that Dr. Baxter is moving the family from Ann Arbor to Bloomington, Indiana, and the Baxters need to leave the only home and friends they've ever known, no one is happy. Saying goodbye is hard but the family still has what's most important--their faith and their love for each other."-- Provided by publisher.
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Much-loved storyteller Karen Kingsbury's Baxter Family books have captured the hearts of millions who have come to think of the Baxter family as their own. Now Karen Kingsbury and her son Tyler Russell tell the childhood stories of the beloved Baxter children--Brooke, Kari, Ashley, Erin, and Luke--to inspire and entertain younger readers.

Brooke is the perfect older sister. For that reason, Kari and Ashley work hard to make their parents just as proud of them as they are of Brooke. Each girl has her own talents. Brooke is an excellent student. Kari is a great soccer player. Ashley, a talented artist. And they are always there for each other. But when the news comes that Dr. Baxter is moving the family from Ann Arbor to Bloomington, Indiana, and the Baxters need to leave the only home and friends they've ever known, no one is happy. Saying goodbye is hard but the family still has what's most important--their faith and their love for each other.

The first book in the Baxter Family Children series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell tell the story of what it was like to grow up in the Baxter family, the best family ever.


Author Notes

Karen Kingsbury was born in Fairfax, Virginia on June 8, 1963. She received a B.A. in journalism from California State University, Northridge in 1986. After graduation, she became a full-time reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Her first book, Missy's Murder, was published in 1992. She wrote three more true crime novels and four collections of answered prayers and miracle stories before transitioning to inspirational fiction in 1998. Her first inspirational fiction novel was Where Yesterday Lives. Popular series she has penned include the Redemption, Firstborn, Sunrise, and Angels Walking series, and she has also written the nonfiction Miracle Books collection, gift books, and children's books.

She has won several Retailer's Choice Awards, plus 2005 and 2007 Gold Medallions for Oceans Apart and Ever After, respectively. Her other books include Longing, Coming Home - The Baxter Family: A Story of Undying Hope, Fiteen Minutes, The Family of Jesus, The Friends of Jesus, In This Moment, and To The Moon and Back.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

With her son, bestselling Christian author Kingsbury adapts her bestselling Baxter Family series for adults to suit a younger audience, bringing readers stories of the five Baxter siblings in childhood. Narrated by middle sisters Ashley, 10, and Kari, 11, the slice-of-life story begins in Ann Arbor, Mich., just before Valentine's Day. Exuberant Ashley is thrilled to be organizing her class's party. Kari, meanwhile, is dreading the holiday-her classmate has a crush on her, and she's concerned that his attentions will result in an embarrassing situation. The girls share their joys and concerns with their family because, as their mother always says, "Your very best friends are the ones around the dinner table each night." After Valentine's Day, Ashley feels left out on a family vacation and wonders if she should be more like older sister Brooke, who excels at math. And the whole family struggles with their father's announcement that they will move at the end of the school year for his new job. The Baxters pray and find solace in God while navigating relatable and realistic life changes in this slice-of-life tale. Ages 8-12. Agent: Rick Christian, Alive Literary Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

When their parents announce that they are moving from their home in Michigan to Indiana, the five Baxter children react to the change in different ways. Brooke, the oldest, is quietly confident in the decision. Eight-year-old Erin is fearful, but 6-year-old Luke is too young to fully understand. Eleven-year-old Kari is calm and focused, but 10-year-old Ashley feels as though her world is going to pieces. When new friendships cause Ashley to feel left out and an offhand remark makes her feel flighty and immature, she decides to overhaul her life. She gives up art and soccer, vowing to be more studious, like her sisters. But she soon realizes that she is better off just being who God made her to be. With this children's novel, Kingsbury and co-author Russell go back in time to focus on the childhoods of some of her favorite characters from her popular series for adults. In the Baxter family, trouble is met with grace, kindness, and prayer. The admonition that "your very best friends are the ones around the dinner table each night" is more than wishful thinking here. Jealousy, sadness, and first crushes are all handled with wisdom and God's word. However, readers with less-than-idyllic lives might not feel they can simply "choose to be happy," as God advises Ashley. While God is frequently discussed, the emphasis is more on moral character and kindness. The Baxters are white and the time period unclear, although working back from the books for adults, it is probably the 1970s or '80s.A wise if occasionally saccharine look at common childhood drama. (Fiction. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.