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A Summer Secret (Mysteries of Middlefield #1)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  269 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
In the Mysteries of Middlefield series, readers will be immersed into exciting mysteries and authentic Amish culture.

With a twin brother and five younger brothers, Mary Beth Mullet's house is in constant chaos. Her parents don't seem to mind the noise, but she needs a break from all the pestering and babysitting.

It's the summer before eighth grade, and Mary Beth plans to e
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published May 11th 2010)
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Aug 05, 2013 Drebbles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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With three brothers always in her way, thirteen year old Mary Beth longs for a place where she can be by herself for awhile and write in her journal. She finds such a place in an abandoned barn and relishes her time there but not for long. She has reason to suspect that someone else is staying in the barn. When Mary Beth and her brother Johnny find out who is staying in the barn, they have some major decisions to make.

Kathleen Fuller, author of two adult books set in the Amish Community (A Man o
Alice Janell
May 19, 2010 Alice Janell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Set in the Amish community of Middlefield, Ohio, “A Summer Secret” centers around Mary Beth, a fairly typical thirteen year old.

It took me longer to read this middle-grade book than it should have. It’s very, very wordy for a middle-grade book. There is a lot of Amish terminology thrown into the book, and at first, I was excited about this. However, there’s so much jargon thrown into the book, that the reader is forced to flip back to the beginning to read the definition of certain words because
Dana Rongione
Sep 14, 2011 Dana Rongione rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the first book of her newest series, The Mysteries of Middlefield, Kathleen Fuller introduces Mary Beth, a thirteen-year-old Amish girl who simply wants some peace and quiet away from her three pesky brothers. In an effort to escape her world of chores and boyish pranks, she turns an abandoned barn into a secret place of her own. With her food stash, her journal, and her privacy, Mary Beth finds great comfort in her hideout. There are only two problems. First of all, her father has forbidden ...more
Jan 23, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Kathleen Fuller
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
May 2010
ISBN; 978-1-4003-1593-2
Genre: Inspirational/Amish/young adult

Thirteen year old Mary Beth is tired of boys. With three brothers, she’s tired of their pranks, smells, and irresponsibility. And she’s tired of babysitting and doing more than her share of chores. So when Mary Beth discovers an old abandoned barn, she spends her free time there—even though her dad says its dangerous and tells her to stay away. She just needs
Jun 17, 2015 Dianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A Summer Secret is a unique story about girl in a boy-dominate Amish family in Ohio. Mary Beth boy-sits (excuse me, baby-sits) her brothers and finds herself solving a mystery, which her twin brother joins her. As the eldest by four minutes, thirteen-year-old Mary Beth is expected to take the more responsibilities than her siblings and lead her brothers, but once in while, she goes to her sanctuary, an old Yankee (not Amish) barn to write and draw in her journal. Fuller keeps the reader in suspe ...more
Jul 23, 2010 Londia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
had the chance to read this book through
I have never done a book review before.
But anyways i have to say i enjoyed this book very much.
It is meant for preteens - young readers.
But even i as a parent and 30 something year old thought it was a great read.
The story is about a girl named Mary Beth a young Amish girl. who is from Ohio in the year 1885
She wants to have her time away alone from her brothers who seem to bother her and just everyday things.
As she has a hiding plac
Aug 03, 2010 Tomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Summer Secret centers around thirteen year-old Mary Beth and her twin brother, Johnny and Sawyer, a young runaway. Set in Middlefield, Ohio, an Amish community, A Summer Secret is the first in Fuller’s “The Mysteries of Middlefield”.

Mary Beth’s curiosity peaks when she starts hanging around an abandoned barn near her home against her parents’ wishes. Mary Beth takes a liking to the barn as it serves as a getaway from her brothers. The more she hangs around the barn, the more strange things sh
May 31, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary Beth Mullet has a secret. She has been sneaking next door to the abandoned barn, to have some time away from her pesky brothers. They never seem to give her any privacy, even in her own bedroom. It isn't long however before her twin brother Johnny figures it out and in order for him to keep her secret she has to share her special place with him. She is not happy about that at all, but before she can really make up her mind what to do to change it, they make a discovery that sets them off in ...more
Amber Stokes
May 12, 2010 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thirteen-year-old Amish girl finds solace in an abandoned barn—one she was forbidden to go to. When someone seems to be tampering with the things she leaves there, she finds more trouble than that which her three brothers create at home. But her “summer secret” might just bring some positive changes to her life.

A Summer Secret is an enjoyable summer read! I think children around middle-school age might especially enjoy it, although some might find it a bit long unless they’re avid readers. But
I think this book is written for girls between 9-12 years old. The writing is not complicated and would appeal to the preteen. The story takes place in an Amish community with a fair amount of detail about the lifestyle of the Amish. The main character is a thirteen-year-old girl and her trials of living with three brothers. She has discovered an abandoned barn away from her home that she uses as an escape to solitude.
Things get complicated when her oldest brother discovers her hideout which le
May 25, 2010 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book you have 13 yr old Mary Beth Mullett in a house with three brothers. She just wants some peace and quiet away from the boys. So when she finds an old abandoned barn close to home she thinks its the perfect place to hang out a place to do what she wants. Even though her parents have forbidden her to go to the barn she is drawn by the solitude. When she discovers some clues that lead her to believe that just maybe someone else is using the old barn as well she wonders if she is going ...more
Raya Whitehouse
Nov 02, 2011 Raya Whitehouse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I began reading this today. It gives you the info on certain Amish terms that are in the book, that are different than we would be used to seeing. (example: boppli means baby). It starts out in the barn, she is not supposed to be in. She is expected to drop whatever she is doing to help out her family. Mary Beth goes to the barn to escape all this.

The Amish terms are italicized to help them stand out for the readers, so you can go back to the front and look it up if needed.

This is a pretty good
A Summer Secret takes place in an Amish community in Middlefield, OH. Mary Beth and her twin brother, Johnny, soon discover a run away child staying in their secret hide out. The twins sneak him food and clothing keeping it a secret until they're forced to tell their parents when their hideout catches on fire.

This is an enjoyable book that is a quick read and while a little slow to start has a great climax and finishes well. I do feel this book would be better received and enjoyed by young teens
May 27, 2010 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wanted a quiet place to think and be away from your siblings..I could so relate to Mary Beth when I was growing up. Mary Beth likes to hide out in a barn on land near by. She is the oldest of 5 kids and her mom is expecting again. Mary Beth meets Sawyer-- a runaway who has been hiding out in the barn. Mary Beth and her brother do all that they can help him out and even pray for him.

Mary Beth and their brother almost get into trouble because they know that Sawyer is the barn and do
Freda Mans-Labianca
I loved this story!
At first I didn't know what to expect. I liked the characters, mainly Mary Beth, but had no idea what the mystery would be. When it turned out to do with an orphaned runaway, I was not put off in the least.
This story had a way of making you look at your own beliefs, and wonder what you would do in the same situation. Honestly, I bet we can all take some tips off the children in the book. We too soon forget to be good to our fellow man, and help people when they are in need. Th
Jul 24, 2012 Krystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book; like most of Fullers books once I started it reading it, I couldn’t put it down. Finding out what caused Sawyer to be in the barn to begin with—and what happens to him in the end—keeps you intrigued throughout the book. If your looking for a nice wholesome, feel good romance this is the book for you. Not only is there romance you will also find intruge, suspence, and more! It’s a very well rounded book that leave you wanting to know more about the characters! Good thin ...more
I probably would have liked this book a lot more if I didn't already know what happened. The Hearts of Middlefield series and The Mysteries of Middlefield series intertwine, and involve the same families. I should have read this book before I read An Honest Love. Because the end of that book gives away the ending of this book. Which left no mystery to this book what-so-ever. Which was a bummer. My rating would have been a lot better if I hadn't already known the ending
Benjamin Devon Sweitzer

This is the by far the best of the series she has written. Has no romance(which I hate in books) and it has a solid message. The thing I would have done different is put a little more action and make it more intense. All in all this is an excellent book I have book 2 and I can hardly wait to start reading it.
Johanna Schick
The mystery was solved too early in the book (about halfway) to keep the reader interested to the end. After Mary-Beth finds who is living in the old barn, the last half is only spent on 'tying up the loose ends'.
I'm glad Kathleen Fuller put a Glossary of Amish Terms in the beginning of the book. That made understanding the book so much easier. This book was ideal for 9-12 year olds.
Audrey Henning
I enjoyed this book. It was definitely meant for a younger reading audience (11-13 probabley) but the writing was descriptive and it was a realistic story. There wasn't really much suspense. It was pretty easy to tell what was going to happen, but if you're into Amish fiction, this was a fairly enjoyable read.

Not the best written nor most surprising, but different for me. I think this could have been done so much stronger in 1st, rather than 3rd, person. Longer review to come. Sometimes it's refreshing to step outside one's reading comfort zone.
Sep 27, 2014 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love YA books and Amish books, so this was perfect for me. I will be starting book 2 in the series next. They are fun, mysterious, take you away to a different life and with happy endings. Many things I love in a book.
Fay Risner
Oct 20, 2016 Fay Risner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about an Amish brother and sister and their adventures in an old barn that's too dangerous to be playing in.
When you read this book, you'll find yourself immersed in mystery and learn about authentic Amish culture. Right now, there are three books in this series called The Mysteries of Middlefield.
Sep 13, 2010 Deana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 26, 2014 Mandiann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A quick and predictable read. I would have liked it to talk a bit more about the Amish beliefs and way of life.
Karen Carmody
Mar 24, 2015 Karen Carmody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story. I couldn't wait to get back to it to find out what the kids were doing to do next.
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