Sometimes a book really surprises me, and this one did. I had a chance to review it as a member of TOS Homeschool Crew, and honestly, I didn’t expect much. I’m not a huge fan of series books, and most of the time, Christian fiction leaves too sweet a taste in my mouth. After I began reading this book, though, I realized that Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure is exactly the kind of book that I would’ve enjoyed as a upper elementary-aged student or young teenager, and even as an adult, I found it engaging and entertaining. Written by Susan K. Marlow and published by Kregel Publications, Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure is a part of the Circle C Adventures series. This is a summary of the series from the Kregel Publications website:
Readers ages 8–14 have fallen in love with Andrea Carter! But how could they not? The 1880s are exciting times and Andi can’t seem to stop getting into trouble on her huge cattle ranch near Fresno, California. By the time she turns thirteen, she’s had more fun than most kids have in a lifetime. And the fun doesn’t have to stop! Now available in a handy slip case, all six of Andrea’s Circle C Adventures will keep kids reading for hours.
Despite the fact that I read book number five in the series, I had no problem picking right up with both the characters and plot; Marlow does a good job of reintroducing characters with little fanfare but enough detail to satisfy those who are unfamiliar with the story. The individual title I read has just the right amount of adventure for the target age range–it’s suspenseful but not scary. Christianity is presented as a natural part of the title character’s life, so there are no “preachy” parts at all in the story. As a young girl, I loved horses and historical fiction, so this series of a girl who lives on a ranch and gets into all sorts of scrapes would’ve been just the thing for me. The Circle C Adventures series even has its own home on the web, and it’s full to the brim of fun things like book trailers, free study guides, and more!
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