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To the rest of the world: We, the Baxter Children . . . promise here and now to never grow up! The Baxter family has settled in after the move to Bloomington, and now they are counting the days till a much-anticipated local meteor shower. They love their house, their rooms, their new teachers, and their classmates. Then Ms. Nan assigns Kari's class an essay entitled "What wi To the rest of the world: We, the Baxter Children . . . promise here and now to never grow up! The Baxter family has settled in after the move to Bloomington, and now they are counting the days till a much-anticipated local meteor shower. They love their house, their rooms, their new teachers, and their classmates. Then Ms. Nan assigns Kari's class an essay entitled "What will you do when you grow up?" Kari is panicked. She has no idea what she'll do. Does she need to know now, while she's still in sixth grade? Her exploration turns up a few funny moments, but nothing for her paper. Ashley's field day and, later, her pumpkin patch fiasco help lighten the mood, and the school talent show is a diversion, but still Kari has no answers. What will she do? At the same time, Ashley is cast as Wendy in the fifth-grade performance of Peter Pan, which gives her an idea. Maybe she and her siblings can sign a pledge to never grow up at all! The third book in the beloved New York Times bestselling Baxter Family Children Story series tells a reassuring story about the joys and challenges of growing up and the reminder that—like a meteor—time never lasts long enough. Better to enjoy it while the trail of its light is still streaking across the night sky.


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To the rest of the world: We, the Baxter Children . . . promise here and now to never grow up! The Baxter family has settled in after the move to Bloomington, and now they are counting the days till a much-anticipated local meteor shower. They love their house, their rooms, their new teachers, and their classmates. Then Ms. Nan assigns Kari's class an essay entitled "What wi To the rest of the world: We, the Baxter Children . . . promise here and now to never grow up! The Baxter family has settled in after the move to Bloomington, and now they are counting the days till a much-anticipated local meteor shower. They love their house, their rooms, their new teachers, and their classmates. Then Ms. Nan assigns Kari's class an essay entitled "What will you do when you grow up?" Kari is panicked. She has no idea what she'll do. Does she need to know now, while she's still in sixth grade? Her exploration turns up a few funny moments, but nothing for her paper. Ashley's field day and, later, her pumpkin patch fiasco help lighten the mood, and the school talent show is a diversion, but still Kari has no answers. What will she do? At the same time, Ashley is cast as Wendy in the fifth-grade performance of Peter Pan, which gives her an idea. Maybe she and her siblings can sign a pledge to never grow up at all! The third book in the beloved New York Times bestselling Baxter Family Children Story series tells a reassuring story about the joys and challenges of growing up and the reminder that—like a meteor—time never lasts long enough. Better to enjoy it while the trail of its light is still streaking across the night sky.

30 review for Never Grow Up

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss I found it hard to believe a story where one of the main premises is that a fifth grader thinks she can get her siblings to sign an agreement that they will never grow up like Peter Pan. A 6th grader and 8th grader go along with this? I had to take a look at how this series was going after having read the first book. It seems very out of step with modern sensibilities, although I can see how parents who are ultra religious and trying to shelter their children might wel E ARC provided by Edelweiss I found it hard to believe a story where one of the main premises is that a fifth grader thinks she can get her siblings to sign an agreement that they will never grow up like Peter Pan. A 6th grader and 8th grader go along with this? I had to take a look at how this series was going after having read the first book. It seems very out of step with modern sensibilities, although I can see how parents who are ultra religious and trying to shelter their children might well enjoy this. Perfect for fans of The Penderwicks, vintage Eleanor Estes, or readers who find The Vanderbeekers too racy. To me, it was like eating a packet of Sweet ‘N Low. I’m sure this series has its target demographic, and I am most decidedly not in it!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    These are beautiful books, but often have a slow start. I love Ashley, her easy spirit and ability to connect with people. Great lessons and stories for us all

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tara Rounds

    Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell's book Never Grow Up is a story of the daily life and antics of the Baxter children. Never Grow Up focuses mainly on Kari and Ashley Baxter. Even though the plot deals with 2 of the children the book is easy to read and follow. (In the setup of the book subtitles are included at the start of the chapter telling whose story the chapter is about). Each story is interwoven into one cohesive book. The book is recommended for Middle Grades- ages 8-12 but could be rea Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell's book Never Grow Up is a story of the daily life and antics of the Baxter children. Never Grow Up focuses mainly on Kari and Ashley Baxter. Even though the plot deals with 2 of the children the book is easy to read and follow. (In the setup of the book subtitles are included at the start of the chapter telling whose story the chapter is about). Each story is interwoven into one cohesive book. The book is recommended for Middle Grades- ages 8-12 but could be read by someone younger depending on their reading level and ability. The book is funny and has enough drama to hold a child's interest unless they are into extremely action packed fast paced books. This story is more on the lines of Ramona, Judy Moody, Clementine and other similar stories. It has life lessons and Godly morals. The Baxter family is a close knit family who encourage and support each other in spite of their differences and disagreements. The children are taught to pray and show love and compassion for others. I didn't read the first two books in the Baxter Family Children Series but found it easy to follow along and learn the characters even starting with Book 3 Never Grow Up. The font and set up of the book is just right for any reader- beginner to more advanced. I enjoyed the illustrations connecting and enhancing the story. I recommend Never Grow Up and the Baxter Family Children stories to families looking for an enjoyable story that children can read alone or together as a family, even ones with younger children. I will keep this series in mind to buy as gifts or recommend to readers. I loved this book and would have liked to have read it as a child. Never Grow Up took me back to my childhood days of daily struggles in school and life. I received an advanced copy of this book in a giveaway in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I love the Baxter family. I have read all the books in the series. These children's books are the best also. We see all the Baxter children when they are young and experiencing things that kids still experience today. Being the new kid in school, making friends, deciding what they want to be when they grown up and being somewhat of a menace. But we love how the parents help their children navigate through these childhood difficulties through Biblical principles. We see our favorite characters of I love the Baxter family. I have read all the books in the series. These children's books are the best also. We see all the Baxter children when they are young and experiencing things that kids still experience today. Being the new kid in school, making friends, deciding what they want to be when they grown up and being somewhat of a menace. But we love how the parents help their children navigate through these childhood difficulties through Biblical principles. We see our favorite characters of Ashley, Luke, Kari, Brooke and Erin were as children and if you have read the series how they became the adults we love so much. This would be a great book for parents to read to their children at bedtime and discuss how they would handle these everyday problems. I hope there are many more of these books because we need them now more than ever.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    I won this book in a giveaway and was asked to do an honest review. I search a lot for books for my middleschooler to read. He goes through books so fast so I was excited that I won something he could read. I asked him to read the book and give me a review. In his words: "Never Grow Up by Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russel is an interesting book about staying young and sharing your life with your siblings. I personally have not read the first two books, but got the basics of the story pretty quick I won this book in a giveaway and was asked to do an honest review. I search a lot for books for my middleschooler to read. He goes through books so fast so I was excited that I won something he could read. I asked him to read the book and give me a review. In his words: "Never Grow Up by Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russel is an interesting book about staying young and sharing your life with your siblings. I personally have not read the first two books, but got the basics of the story pretty quickly. The book does contain christian themes, and I would recommend the book to late elementary and early middle school audiences. The book has many heartfelt moments and is a relatively easy read. Overall, a great book for younger, religious audiences." Thank you for the book in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jim Toner

    This book covers the viewpoints of five children whose ages range from 8-14. One of the girls is troubled with the question of what she would do when she is older. Another one takes the role of Wendy in Peter Pan. The oldest doesn't find she wants to grow up too quickly as life has thrown her some more additional problems. The family moved recently to Bloomington, Indiana. The book mentions some old music such as the Jackson 5 and Billie Holliday. The book is aimed at middle readers (ages 8-12), This book covers the viewpoints of five children whose ages range from 8-14. One of the girls is troubled with the question of what she would do when she is older. Another one takes the role of Wendy in Peter Pan. The oldest doesn't find she wants to grow up too quickly as life has thrown her some more additional problems. The family moved recently to Bloomington, Indiana. The book mentions some old music such as the Jackson 5 and Billie Holliday. The book is aimed at middle readers (ages 8-12), and the level of vocabulary seems to fit said age range. I would definitely read more books by Ms. Kingsbury.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Addie K

    All the books in this series rock! My little sister loved these books, they all were great read alouds and honestly I didn't hate them myself. Loved the morals and the themes all the books are gems. I can't explain the feelings it gave me when reading it to my sister. Growing up I never had books like this, openly Christian with great morals and themes, that are just good books. I'm so glad the next generation of peoples get to enjoy these amazing books. All the books in this series rock! My little sister loved these books, they all were great read alouds and honestly I didn't hate them myself. Loved the morals and the themes all the books are gems. I can't explain the feelings it gave me when reading it to my sister. Growing up I never had books like this, openly Christian with great morals and themes, that are just good books. I'm so glad the next generation of peoples get to enjoy these amazing books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dana McReynolds

    I really appreciate these books for young readers. I never have to wonder if it’s appropriate if Karen and her son wrote it. I will say that Ashley was a tad bit annoying in this one. I just can’t see a 5th grader acting as she did at times. However, it was the premise of the book, she didn’t want to grow up. I loved Kari’s character and her journey with the school assignment.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Martha Kuder

    This novel would not have held my interest if I were a child in the targeted age group. It is written too “safe’ and does not seem reflect children’s interest and challenges today. The name peaked my interest, and I really had hoped it would be something I’d eagerly share with my grandkids. But the family is just too perfect, problems too simple for children growing up in current times.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Fraleigh

    This book centres around the Baxter children. Ashley, Brook, Kari and Luke. They are busy with school work and assignments and other activities they are participating in. The story takes us on a journey of how the children work through these activities. Excellent book for children, but also good lessons for the adults too.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gayle

    This is the first Baxter Family Children book I have read. This is a family oriented book where the family helps each other out with daily life items that come up. There is a lot of positive reinforcement and help with understanding that things in life do come up and can be handled. I would recommend this as a learning some of life's lessons book. I got this for free in a Goodreads giveaway. This is the first Baxter Family Children book I have read. This is a family oriented book where the family helps each other out with daily life items that come up. There is a lot of positive reinforcement and help with understanding that things in life do come up and can be handled. I would recommend this as a learning some of life's lessons book. I got this for free in a Goodreads giveaway.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Myria

    I received this book from publishers. This book wasn't my cup of tea, although the writing was good and I found myself enjoying it at moments I couldn't quite really get into it. I passed on to my mother who love Kingsburys writing. She enjoyed it more then I did. So if you're a fan of Karen Kingsbury I feel like this might be a winner. I received this book from publishers. This book wasn't my cup of tea, although the writing was good and I found myself enjoying it at moments I couldn't quite really get into it. I passed on to my mother who love Kingsburys writing. She enjoyed it more then I did. So if you're a fan of Karen Kingsbury I feel like this might be a winner.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kalyn Thomas

    Finding out what the Baxter kids were like young puts more into the characters they became as adults. I get to share this time with my youngest granddaughter and it helps us to connect on something we enjoy doing!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    A cute fast read about the Baxter children at a young age and never wanting To grow up and continue to believe in Neverland and Peter Pan. It deals Mostly with Ashley and Kari. It has some life lessons and is a good book for 8 to 12 year olds. I recommend this author and book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Shawver

    Beautiful Story! I loved this one. It brought me back to my childhood. My favorite part.. The Baxter children signing a contract to never grow up. I should have done that too. Lol!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss+ for the e-ARC of this novel. I do really enjoy this series, and the third iteration doesn't disappoint. The Baxter family is a sweet group, that relies heavily on prayer and family to be their best selves. Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss+ for the e-ARC of this novel. I do really enjoy this series, and the third iteration doesn't disappoint. The Baxter family is a sweet group, that relies heavily on prayer and family to be their best selves.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Wagner

    Another Baxter children's story. Kari can't decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Ashley feels she and are siblings growing up too fast? Another Baxter children's story. Kari can't decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Ashley feels she and are siblings growing up too fast?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hale

    Engaging Great story on the Baxter's in their younger years. I love all of Karen's books and am loving the ones written as a mother son team. Engaging Great story on the Baxter's in their younger years. I love all of Karen's books and am loving the ones written as a mother son team.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This book felt different from the first two in the series. It was enjoyable though. Read in March 2021

  20. 5 out of 5

    Naomi Smoes

    This book was awesome! Ashley made me think about growing up. I don’t want to grow up, but at least I should enjoy it while I can.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    This takes place in autumn in Indiana. The story has faith and family at the heart of it. There are field trips, a field day, a talent show, and a meteor shower. That is just a bit of what happens.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    I ❤️ This book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I can't call this a terribly realistic series, but they are wholesome and sweet and fast to read. I can't call this a terribly realistic series, but they are wholesome and sweet and fast to read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mari F

    A great Baxter family book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nada

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brynn

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Moore

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley at Reading Themes

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Morgan

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