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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.
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Circle C Adventures
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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 Previews.com
here4areasonWAAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Well-Written Adventure SeriesApril 3, 2011here4areasonWAAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Book 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.
HomeschoolinMamaof3Woodland, CAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5September 30, 2010HomeschoolinMamaof3Woodland, CAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleAfter my daughter read the first book in this series (The Long Ride Home), she BEGGED me to order the set. Merry Christmas, honey!
Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com5 Stars Out Of 5March 4, 2010Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.comOur 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.
Jenny5 Stars Out Of 5April 21, 2009JennyI 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!
Ginger Bailes5 Stars Out Of 5March 27, 2009Ginger BailesI 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.