Sarah and Mandy, books 7 and 8 of Ellie’s People, released

SarahJanuary 13, 2016
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Sarah and Mandy, books 7 and 8 of Ellie’s People, released
Herald Press republishes Mary Christner Borntrager books

HARRISONBURG, Va., and KITCHENER, Ontario—The popular series of Amish novels for young readers, Ellie’s People, continues with the rerelease of books 7 and 8, Sarah and Mandy, from Herald Press. The series, enjoyed by all ages, has sold more than half a million copies. Author Mary Christner Borntrager grew up Amish and drew on her own experience for these classic stories of faith and Amish life.

In Sarah, Sarah Troyer finds her peaceful Amish childhood disrupted by difficulty. Her mother is ill and the family’s hired help treats Sarah unfairly. When two tragedies hit Sarah’s family, they threaten to overwhelm Sarah’s trust in God. Sarah is faced with a choice: to let grief and resentment triumph, or to find her way to a new place of hope and love.

MandyBook 8, Mandy, follows the story of Mandy Schrock. Mandy’s brother has special needs, and many in the Amish community love and care for him. But Mandy finds herself caught between caring for her brother and dealing with some who tease him. When calamity strikes, Mandy wonders if she is to blame. Guilt and grief bring questions, but God’s grace and redemption provide a counterpoint as Mandy learns through her experience.

Fans of the Laura Ingalls Wilder book series are one audience for the family saga of Ellie’s People, with its traditional communities and courageous characters who face adversity. Earlier books in the series—Ellie, Rebecca, Rachel, Reuben, Polly, and Andy—are also available from Herald Press. The new editions of Ellie’s People feature updated language for today’s readers. Each book includes a family tree for the series and a Pennsylvania Dutch language glossary.

Mary Christner Borntrager was born to Amish parents near Plain City, Ohio. She based the stories of Ellie’s People on the people and places of her Old Order Amish childhood and youth. Always a storyteller, she turned those skills to writing these family novels of faith.

Sarah and Mandy are available for $9.99 USD/$11.49 CAD each from MennoMedia at 800-245-7894 or www.MennoMedia.org, as well as at bookstores.

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Polly and Andy, two more books in Ellie’s People series, released

September 3, 2015
News release

Herald Press republishes Polly and Andy stories for young readers
Books 5 and 6 of Mary Christner Borntrager’s Ellie’s People series to be released

HARRISONBURG, Va., and KITCHENER, Ontario—Mary Christner Borntrager was cherished by her family for sitting down to tell stories or read to children and grandchildren. Late in her life, she turned that gift into a legacy of published books for her family and youthful readers of all ages.

Polly, about a family moving from their Amish community to Texas, and Andy, about an Amish boy who faces adolescent angst and teasing, are the newest novels in this series released by Herald Press in September and October.

The Ellie’s People series chronicles the family and friends of the protagonist of book 1, Ellie Maust, across several generations. While fictional, the series focuses on real issues young people face within the context of an Amish life. Borntrager grew up in an Old Order Amish home, and she based her stories on the people and places of her childhood. Books from the series have sold more than half a million copies.

PollyIn book 5, Polly Miller doesn’t want to move to Texas. No other Amish families live in Lone Prairie, and Polly loves her family and friends in Ohio. But her father’s mind is made up. As Polly settles into her new life, she gains a non-Amish friend, Rose Ann, who shares her dresses and makeup with Polly. She also earns the attention of a young hired hand named Tom, who takes her to a rodeo and tells her how pretty she is.

Andy Maust, the protagonist of book 6, likes to writeAndy.indd poems. He’s not good at running or wrestling or any of the other activities that Amish boys enjoy. The other boys tease him mercilessly, and then Andy’s dog disappears in a mysterious way. As “drifters” roam the country on trains looking for work and a hot meal, Andy begins to imagine running away from his troubles.

The books are written for readers 10 years and up. The language has been updated for today’s reader, and the books have new covers.

Borntrager’s novels have been praised for their accurate descriptions of Amish life. Borntrager’s daughter Kathryn Keim writes in an upcoming article for the popular AmishWisdom blog about her mother’s books, “Her goal was to give the world books that were true to life about people who are often misunderstood,” Keim writes. “I think she accomplished that.”

Polly and Andy are available for $9.99 USD/$­­­ 11.49 CAD each from MennoMedia at 800-245-7894 or www.MennoMedia.org, as well as at bookstores.

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Herald Press republishes Rachel and Reuben of popular series

June 10, 2015

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Books 3 and 4 of Ellie’s People series released with new covers, textual updates

HARRISONBURG, Va., and KITCHENER, Ontario—Mary Christner Borntrager first published the Ellie’s People series of novels in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Herald Press is republishing most books in the series, and released books 3 and 4, Rachel and Reuben, this spring.

The Ellie’s People series chronicles the family and friends of the protagonist of book 1, Ellie Maust, across several generations. While fictional, the series focuses on real issues young people face within the context of an Amish life. Books from the series have sold over half a million copies.

In book 3, Rachel feels drawn to the Amish community, despite her parents having left that Rachelway of life before she was born. Rachel must decide whether to discard her dreams of becoming Amish or to follow what seems to be God’s will by joining them, though it could mean facing ridicule from her siblings and friends.

ReubenBook 4 focuses on an Amish boy named Reuben. Though he tries to do the right thing and loves the Amish way of life, Reuben occasionally falls short of his parents’ expectations, especially when egged on by his peers. This pattern leads to tragedy when, on a dare, Reuben tries to prove how fast a new horse can run.

The books are written for readers 10 years and up. The stories remain the same, but the language has been updated for today’s reader and the covers have been redesigned.

Growing up Amish near Plain City, Ohio, influenced Borntrager’s writing, and her work has been noted for its accurate descriptions of Amish life.

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Author Mary Christner Borntrager signing books.

Suzanne Woods Fisher, coauthor of The Adventures of Lily Lapp series, says of Borntrager’s work, “This authentic series has much to offer readers about the ups and downs of growing up plain. A great choice for a family read-aloud.”

Book 1 of the series, Ellie, was republished in August 2014. Books 5 and 6 of the series, Polly and Andy, will be released later this year.

Rachel and Reuben are available for $7.99 USD/$8.79 CAD each from MennoMedia at 800-245-7894 or www.MennoMedia.org, as well as at bookstores.

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For more on Mary Christner Borntrager read our two earlier blog posts on the author.

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