About The Book

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.

About The Author

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Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated to debut fall 2019. Karen is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. She and her husband, Donald, live in Tennessee near four of their adult children.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (February 2019)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534412170
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12

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Raves and Reviews

In this middle grade novel, co-written with the author’s son, the story follows the viewpoint of the Baxter sisters, Ashley and Kari, as they share what it is like to live with the “best family ever.”...Recommended for libraries/classrooms with students who enjoy lighthearted and wholesome realistic fiction. 

– School Library Connection, January/February 2019

The Baxters pray and find solace in God while navigating relatable and realistic life changes in this slice-of-life tale.
 

– Publishers Weekly, November 2018

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