Monday, May 17, 2010

TOS Crew Review: Kregal Publications

Reading is a past time in our house, so having to read this book was a non-issue for my children.
"Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure" is part of a series "The Circle C Adventures Series"  by Susan K. Marlow.  This is book 5 in the series. We had no problem picking this book up in the series and reading it as a stand alone, without having read the others. There is an introduction in the beginning that gives you a little background of the story.

The story centers around the main character - Andrea AKA "Andi" (around 13 years old.) The story takes place in 1881.  While playing Andrea falls into the horse trough. The new deputy, walking by and seeing her,  arrests her and three friends for no reason. Andrea's brother (Justin) comes and bails them. While Justin is bailing them out the bank is being robbed.  Looking for fun, Andrea, her brother Mitch and two friends venture on a camping trip on horseback to do some treasure hunting. One of her friends, Jennie, got knocked down by her horse when her horse was spooked by a snake while she was saddling the horse. Jennie, sustaining a gash to the head, got stitched up in the next town. On their way they came upon a cabin inhabited by two men. This leads to a gun fight with Andrea's brother, Mitch, caught in it.  I could go on but I don't want to give up the plot of the story and ruin it for you.  But as you suspect, good conquers evil.

This book is a good read for the 10-13 year old crowd (8 to 12 is what the publisher actually recommends).  It is easy to read and does not contain any bad language. They are all just friends in the story (no boyfriend / girlfriend relationships.)  There is a gun fight in the story, so if that bothers you then you might want to preview this book before your children read it.  My teenage daughter says that it did for the most part keep her interested and wanting to read the next page. My 9 year old (almost 10) really enjoyed the book and would not put it down until it was finished.

1 comment:

Susan Marlow said...

Thanks so much for your great comments and insight into the book. I have parents ask me all the time at conventions if there is any "boy-girl" stuff, and I always give a resounding NO. Good grief! Who wants to muck up a perfectly good adventure story with that kind of stuff? The boys are there because honestly, that's who I always played with . . . even into my teen years. What has happened to society anyway?
Anyway, thanks for bringing that out as well as the other encouraging words.
In Christ,