Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Book Review ~ Long Ride Home by Susan K. Marlow

I was lucky enough to be asked by Susan K. Marlow to review one of her Andrea Carter books. Since I hadn't read any of them yet, I chose book #1, Long Ride Home.

These books are
set in the San Joaquin Valley of 1880's California, the Circle C Adventures series tells the stories of 12-year-old Andi, a high-spirited and adventurous ranch kid, and her "best friend," her palomino horse, Taffy. Together they manage to get in and out of numerous scrapes on Andi's rocky road to growing up.

Here is the excerpt from Long Ride Home ~

Twelve-year-old Andrea Carter can't seem to stay out of trouble. Now her beloved horse, Taffy, is missing and it's Andi's fault. The daring young girl will do anything to find the thief and recover Taffy. But her choices plunge her into danger, and Andi discovers that life on her own in the Old West can be downright terrifying!

I have to say I really enjoyed this book tremendously. Andi is a very lovable character. She is a total tomboy, which doesn't exactly fit well with the 1800's idea of what a girl should be. The way that Marlow writes, makes you immediately like Andi. The books starts out with a great adventure, that made it hard to put down. Usually only Mystery books can do that to me, so I was a bit surprised when a "tween" book was hard to put down. I couldn't wait to find out what happens to Andi.

This series is geared towards tweens. I think that is fabulous, since it is so hard to find good books for that age group. This book is very wholesome, it also helps kids with making moral decisions. This is a series that you don't have to be afraid to let your child read.

I also liked that it takes place in the 1800's. It gives kids an idea of what it was like back in that time period. Susan has created a fun blog for Andi & Taffy that makes the reader feel like they can interact with the character of this great book series.

You can read sample chapters from Long Ride Home. You can also visit Andi & Taffy's blog. There are currently 3 books in the series with a 4th book coming out this fall.

I want to add that the book itself is a very high quality. They are published by Kregal Publications under Tween Fiction.

1 comment:

Doll Clothes Gal said...

Great review - my daughter is an avid reader and particularly stories with historical content. This looks good for her.

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