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.
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.