Youngest was excited when the new book arrived from Kregel Publications. She was already a big fan of Andi, the heroine of Susan Marlow’s Circle C Adventure series.
At last year’s curriculum fair, the girls spent a lot of time at Susan Marlow’s booth, looking at her books, while they weren’t working their volunteer shifts. After talking to the author, we ended up buying a full set of books. These are recommended for ages 9-14, but all our girls, even the one older than 14, (as a matter of fact, even the Mom) enjoyed reading them.
The books are set in late 1800s California, and center around 12 year old Andrea Carter, the youngest of a large family. (Lots of big brothers!)
Thus, when a new series was announced, Youngest was so excited! When the book arrived (Andi’s Indian Summer), she claimed it as her own and disappeared into her room.
Keep in mind that this is my reluctant reader.
Some time after, she emerged, face shining, and announced that she couldn’t wait to read more about young Andi. Even though the books are written for ages 6-8, 12yo Youngest enjoyed our review copy very much. There are five books in the series, and another coming soon. I’m happy to feed this newly awakening appetite for reading with Andi books. They’re on my list of upcoming purchases.
In Andi’s Indian Summer, Andi’s friend Riley fills her head with all sorts of made-up stories about Native Americans, gleaned from a dime novel he’s been reading. (Have you heard of dime novels? They were popular in the 1800s, fictional adventure stories that sensationalized events. The Wild West was a favorite topic for writers.)
Then Andi and Riley get lost, are found by a local tribe, and begin to learn the truth: Native Americans are people, not so different from themselves.
After Youngest read the book and was wandering around the house, enthusing about Andi stories, I suggested that she write a fan email to the author. She did, and a warm correspondence began.
The author has a website where you can meet the characters, download free activity packs to go with the books, work online puzzles and print free coloring pages, as well as buy the books themselves, and lapbooks to go with them.
The Circle C Beginnings supplemental materials can be found here.
Youngest has recommended the Circle C Beginnings and Circle C Adventures books to all her friends. What more can I say?
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Disclaimer: Members of the TOS Crew were sent a free book from Susan Marlow’s Circle C Beginnings series for review purposes. No additional compensation was involved.