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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

TOS Review ~ Salem Ridge Press

If you know our family you know we rarely turn down the opportunity to read good books. When I found out that I was chosen to review a couple of  books from Salem Ridge Press, I honestly did a little happy dance.

Five years ago Daniel Mills—a Christian and a homeschool graduate started Salem Ridge Press. Daniel was inspired to do so after reading two old books that stirred up in him a desire to republish out-of-print books. However, not just any book will do—Salem Ridge has strong criteria for what they publish. The company’s underlying philosophy can be found  in                Philippians 4:8: 

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things ."

Salem Ridge Press does not disappoint with there book selection. Each book is rooted with strong moral character and the values of yester year.  All book selections fall into four different categories;  Historical Fiction (broken down into American history, World history, and Church history), Adventure, Allegory,and Young Readers.

For this review our family was given Soldier Fritz and The Enemies He Fought, Mary Jane-Her visit (E-book), and The American Twins of the Revolution (E-book).

Soldier Fritz and The Enemies He Fought written by Emma Leslie, Illustrated by C. A. Ferrier
Softcover - $10.95, Hardcover - $20.95
Originally Published in 1871
Story Setting: Germany in 1525-1525
Notable People and Events: Martin Luther, The German Reformation.                                                                                               Ages 8 – Adult; 137 pages


Young Fritz wants to follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther and be a soldier for the Lord. On his birthday he chooses a Bible from the peddler’s pack as his present. While his father, the Count, is gone away at war, Fritz and his mother and little sister are forced to flee into the forest to escape being thrown in prison for their new faith. Disguising themselves as commoners, they must trust the Lord as they wait and hope for the Count to rescue them.


Mary Jane - Her Visit
written by Clara Ingram Judson, Illustrated by Frances White       Softcover –$12.95, Hardcover - $22.95                                    Originally published in 1918                                                                Ages 6 – 10; 190 pages

In this second book in the Mary Jane series, five-year-old Mary Jane has more happy, wholesome adventures in the country on her great-grandparents farm. My girls identified with this story the most and we had great discussions about life on a farm.



The American Twins of the Revolution
written and illustrated by Lucy Fitch Perkins                             Softcover –$12.95, Hardcover - $22.95                                         Originally published in 1926                                                               Story Setting:  The Revolutionary War in 1777                                                                                                                  Ages 8 – Adult; 204 pages


This true story tells of the adventures of twins Sally and Roger as they help hide a shipment of gold which will be used to pay the American soldiers in General George Washington’s army.  This  is a thrilling adventure from our nation’s history that keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting more!

I love that Salem Ridge Press has chosen to republish these  and many more wholesome, quality books for the next generation to enjoy. I already have a wish list started for a few other books I would like to read aloud to the girls.

Be sure to visit The Review Crew blog to find links to more REVIEWS from my crewmates.


I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2010-2011 Crew and as such received 3 books (1 paperback & 2 E-books) from Salem Ridge Press in exchange for a thorough and honest review.  Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews.  The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided .

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