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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Book Review: Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure (Circle C Adventures Series, Book 5)

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Andi and her friends are back again in The Trouble with Treasure, the latest book in the Circle C Adventures Series by Susan K. Marlowe.

After a scary brush with the law, Andi, her brother Mitch, and their friends get away for a week of camping…and panning for gold. But what they hope will be a fun, relaxing trip soon becomes a journey through peril as they come face to face with desperate desperados! They will learn that there are things much more valuable than gold nuggets.

Written for the tweeners in your life (ages 9-12+), Andi’s adventure will keep them turning those pages to find out what happens next, but 13-year-old Andi is also going through a difficult time in her life. She’s learning what it means to become a lady, but not yet ready to relinquish her hold on childhood. And she’s discovering that adulthood is not only about dresses and fine manners. Through it all, she has her Christian faith to help her get through the rough spots.

At first, I thought the characterizations were a little off. Andi will often say something very grown-up and then turn into a selfish whiner….oh, wait a minute, I’ve personally witnessed that phenomenon! I’ve lived it, too. Ms. Marlowe has done an admirable job of capturing the growing pains all young people must feel.

Lest you think this is a book for girls…my 10-year-old son enjoyed it very much:

I would recommend it very highly for people who like that kind of thing. It’s kind of half a story about friendship and half a story about adventure (I’m not sure I’ve ever read anything like it myself before).

You can read an excerpt from Treasure here. There’s also a free, downloadable enrichment guide here, where you’ll find discussion questions and activities, including recipes for rattlesnake (and where to find canned rattlesnake---I think I’ll pass on that).

The Circle C Adventure series is available directly from Kregel publishing for $7.99 per book. Also available from local and on-line booksellers.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Midwest Mama,
    Just stoppin' by to thank you for your enthusiastic review for Trouble with Treasure. All the books have been real fun to write and I'm glad some life lessons are peeking through.

    If you're looking for chapter books for beginning readers, Andi will be back in November with all new stories of when she was 6 and Taffy was a foal. :-)

    thanks again!

    Susan marlow

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