Circle C Adventures: Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home    -     By: Susan K. Marlow
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Circle C Adventures: Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home

Kregel Publications / 2006 / Paperback

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Twelve-year-old Andrea "Andi" Carter attracts trouble the way her palomino horse, Taffy, draws flies on a hot summer day. Andi's entire family and the ranch hands at the Circle C treat her like a pesky kid, and Andi sometimes wonders if her family would be better off without her. So after one really frightening event where she gets into major trouble, she saddles up Taffy and runs way from home.

But her escape doesn't earn her the freedom she expected. In fact, encounters with a horse thief and a vicious girl convince Andi that life on her own can be down right terrifying. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0825431883
ISBN-13: 9780825431883
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 8-12
Series: Circle C Adventures

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Publisher's Description

Twelve-year-old Andrea Carter has several frightening encounters after taking her horse, Taffy, and running away from her home at the Circle C Ranch. She begins to realize that there really is no place like home.

Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home is a story about a young, mischievous girl in the 1880's who lives on Circle C Ranch in California. Andrea always seems to get into trouble. She's tired of being treated like a pesky kid, and there is no one at the ranch to talk to except Andrea’s horse, Taffy.
When Andrea “Andi” winds up in a terrible mess, she decides that her family would be better off if she ran away. Encounters with a horse thief, a traveling Mexican family, and a selfish girl, teach Andi that living with her own family is safer and a lot more fun--even if she does get into terrible messes.
On her adventurous journey, Andi discovers that God is always there no matter how much trouble she gets into. The reader watches as Andi humbles herself and asks for forgiveness from God and her family, and starts afresh with a new and forgiven reputation.
Long Ride Home taught me that most of the time I am too proud to humble myself and be forgiven. Pride contributes to many family misunderstandings that exist in today's culture. Author Susan K. Marlow's theme in this story is that while running away from our problems appears to be a way out, it isn't the best solution.
Long Ride Home is a fast and easy read with 128 pages divided into 17 chapters. This paperback is the first in Kregel's Circle C Adventures series. This fun book is written especially for young girls who know what it's like to get into trouble. Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home is a good read for book lovers who appreciate a satisfying ending. – Estee Wells, Christian Book

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  1. WA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Well-Written Adventure Series
    April 3, 2011
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Book 1 of this series is a good read. I've always hated how most stories when kids run away from home portray it as the answer to the problem; like it was the right thing to do. The parents welcome them home with open arms and that's the end of it. Not in this series. It portrays the consequences in a way that does not leave the reader wishing they could run away from home, yet is an adventure that is a hard-to-put-down read.

    My siblings (ages 10 & 13) love these books. I'm their book previewer, and these books are great. I'm a harsh critic when it comes to books - especially adventure books. But these are awesome in every aspect. From the story line, to the characters, to the morals, these books are extremely well written. Many authors try to "tell" you about the character; Susan Marlow "shows" you their character. In fact, you feel like you know them.

    This series is not just for girls. My 13 year old brother thoroughly enjoyed them. Thought the main character is a girl, there is a strong male presence from her 3 brothers and her friend, Cory.
  2. Woodland, CA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 30, 2010
    Woodland, CA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    After my daughter read the first book in this series (The Long Ride Home), she BEGGED me to order the set. Merry Christmas, honey!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 4, 2010
    Jennifer @
    Our family began reading the Circle C Adventures series (or the Andi books as we soon began to call them) aloud at bedtime when my oldest daughter was five. Though intended for the 9 12 year-old age range as an independent reading chapter book, we found Susan K. Marlows prose a wonderful choice for our family. Featuring excellent, high-quality prose, and an invigorating storyline, Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home quickly became a story we couldnt get enough of.Filled with suspense, and truly dangerous situations, there were moments when I was uncertain if my little girl could weather the exciting and intense situations Andi found herself in. She sailed through, though clearly concerned for our heroine, and Andi became a new favorite character in our home.Written from a Christian worldview, Andis troubles are underscored by her growing reliance on the Lord to see her through the difficulties that are a result of her poor choices. Andis decisions have clear negative repercussions that she learns to be responsible for, despite her initial tendency to shirk disciplinary consequences. Clean language, a romance-free storyline, a likeable character who learns and grows, and truly wonderful writing set The Long Ride Home heads and shoulders above typical chapter book series aimed at this age range.As a homeschooling mother herself, Marlow has found that the Andi books have proven popular with homeschoolers. Her rich use of language adds depth and intelligence to her work while gently expanding vocabulary skills. A downloadable 22-page study guide written by he author further explores the historical setting of the book, geography, cowboy life, and more. Lapbooks have also been developed to correspond with the series for added educational benefit.With the timeless combination of a girl and her horse, and the exciting adventure elements, this title and the series in general are an excellent choice for families with both boys and girls.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 21, 2009
    I was impressed! It is a great adventure story that teaches a moral, without being overbearing. It was exciting and I didn't want to put it down!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 27, 2009
    Ginger Bailes
    I ordered this for my 10yo daughter who loves horses but not reading. She absolutely loved it! She finished the book without me having to tell her to.
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