Kelly's Search for Family

Kelly's Search for Family

by Bertha Schwartz

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ISBN-13: 9781620208076
Publisher: Emerald House Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2018
Series: The Searchers
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Bertha Schwartz is a Swiss Amish transplant to the beautiful farmland of Nappanee, Indiana. She loves spending time with family and friends, including fifty-two nieces and nephews. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, sewing, and reading. Raised near the lovely Swiss city of Berne, Indiana, Swiss is her mother-language. Languages and different dialects are a special interest of hers.

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Author of Road Trip of Delusion - Jean Ann Williams

“The setting of Kelly’s Search for Family captured my interest on the first page for I enjoy a story with lighthouses and the sea. The banter between Papa and his daughter Kelly was filled with trust and adoration, which settles me into the tale. Well written the tale flows, and becomes suspenseful. As the story unfolds, with twists and turns, I’m delighted. When Kelly is faced with decisions, she may be afraid but she takes charge despite her fears. Kelly’s Search for Family will keep young readers turning pages to find out what happens next to Kelly in the aftermath of the Civil War and slavery.”

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“The setting of Kelly’s Search for Family captured my interest on the first page for I enjoy a story with lighthouses and the sea. The banter between Papa and his daughter Kelly was filled with trust and adoration, which settles me into the tale. Well written the tale flows, and becomes suspenseful. As the story unfolds, with twists and turns, I’m delighted. When Kelly is faced with decisions, she may be afraid but she takes charge despite her fears. Kelly’s Search for Family will keep young readers turning pages to find out what happens next to Kelly in the aftermath of the Civil War and slavery.”
—Jean Ann Williams
Author of Road Trip of Delusion

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Kelly's Search for Family 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KendraNeal 5 months ago
I really enjoy Historical Fiction and think that having a Historical Fiction series for Middle School kids makes a wonderful Series. Kelly's Search for Family is Book 2 in The Searchers Series. I have only read Book 2, but it seems like a GREAT standalone book. A couple things that piqued my interest in Book 2 was that Kelly is searching for her Mama. She has been living with her Papa in a Lighthouse and she LOVES her Papa, but wants to know about her Mama. I think searching for a parent and wanting to know someone whom who may have never met or don't remember, is a wonderful thing. The time period for this book is 1880, but in today's day and time many kids want to know more about one parent or another. The topic of this book is very relational to many School aged kids of today. I also really like going back in time for reading! I think the relationship between Kelly and her Papa is amazing. The LOVE between the 2 of them shows throughout the book. Papa promises to tell Kelly more about her Mama on her 14th B-day, but is kidnapped before he can tell her. Kelly feels all alone, until a family friend, Granny, comes to stay with her. Together, Kelly and Granny uncover secrets and mystery and letters from her Mama. Kelly still longs for Papa to come back. Papa eventually does return and more family secrets are revealed! Kelly's Search for Family is a wonderful book that is mixed with History, Mystery and Family life. I must say it did take me a few readings of Chapter 1 before I could move forward, at first I wasn't grasping the storyline and I always like to understand the storyline before moving on. All in all, I think Kelly's Search for Family is a great book and I think a GREAT series for Middle School students. I do think Adults would enjoy the book and series also!
Laundry_Whispers 7 months ago
This is my second dip into the Searchers series. I reviewed 'Daisy's Search for Freedom' back in December. I appreciate this series written for middle grade readers that takes on the tough topics of history and presents them in an appropriate and manageable way while also infusing faith into the characters. There are so many little takeaways that not only help our children better understand history but also to strengthen their faith. I mean, let's face it, Munch was reading at a middle grade level when he was like 6. Finding appropriate reading material that also kept him engaged was hard! It is only getting harder as he gets older, I mean he's 10 now and like reading like college level or something. OK not really but that's what it feels like sometimes. So, finding appropriate reading material is important to me and this fits the bill. Not that it's all sunshine and roses and I find the book perfect. I had a couple of little hiccups. Now, before you jump and yell at me please remember that I am very aware that this was a very different time. Life really was simpler, in some aspects but much the same in others. When the 'bad guys' come and Papa leaves Kelly locked in and tells her if he's not back to go for help I was super like 'wait what?!?!'. I'm going to leave my only child home alone on an isolate island while I take off who knows where with evil men and let's just hope they forget she exists. Really? How do you expect this child to go for help exactly? Secondly, Granny and her absolute belief that Homer was absolutely a safe good person. I won't spoiler here but I feel like it was a little bit abrupt and it concerned me the ideas that our children could take away from that. Finally, I hiccuped over the timeline. The time brushes together and it's hard to distinguish if it was days, weeks, or months. It reads as though it was days to maybe a week but other things happen that allude to a much longer time period. The floaty feel to the timeline left me hiccuping out of control. The rest though I loved. I loved that Kelly turned to prayer every time she worried and fretted or was scared or overwhelmed. Oh how even adults needs to develop this outlet more. To be more open to turning to the Heavenly Father for help in these times instead of our penchant to just power through and sometimes flap around drowning under our own mite. The other thing, and perhaps I'm just weird in noticing this, is Granny. I never pieced together that Granny was black through the entire story. She was Granny. If her heritage was ever indicated I never picked up on it, she was Granny right? It wasn't until. . . well spoiler but let's just say that another character who was identified by heritage in correlation to her when I realized she was actually a former slave and not just actually Granny or even family friend. How refreshing to see that in a book for our children, but also to see that the distinction wasn't defined during such a tremulous time in history as after the Civil War. All in all this is a great book that I think is perfect for a young reader to truly grasp a bit of history and a whole lot of faith. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Just Read. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.