Saturday, May 15, 2010

andrea carter and the trouble with treasure

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Again, another resource I’d never heard of… and this one is wonderful. As part of the TOS Crew, we were asked to review Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure by Susan K. Marlow. The book is part of the Circle C Adventures series. While the book and the series center around a young girl named Andi Carter, don’t write this off as a series for girls only. In Trouble with Treasure there is enough peril and suspense to keep both genders entertained.

Marlow does a wonderful job of weaving in her own Christian values without being heavy-handed at all. Andi prays and draws strength from a verse she remembers, but it is a natural part of her life (Hey! Like real life!) and never feels forced.

I don’t want to give too much away, but there is a good bit of danger and intrigue in this book, though nothing at all inappropriate or too suspenseful for the target audience of ages 9 – 14. To draw on the book’s themes to enhance your homeschool, you can download a free study guide that includes discussion questions, vocabulary and interesting information about rattlesnakes, gold mining and more – which may are may not be included in the book. Ahem. (OK, they are, but don’t spoil it for your kids.)

If you are a lapbooker, A Journey Through Learning has lapbooks available for purchase that correspond with Circle C Adventures.

Autographed books can be ordered directly through Marlow’s site for $8 each, plus $2 shipping, or for $7.99 from Kregel Publications. You can also download a free preview of the book.


We were given a copy of the book for review purposes. My opinions are my own.

1 comment:

Susan Marlow said...

Hi Chris,
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. When somebody says "wonderful" you can imagine how it helps us little, insecure authors. LOL
I also appreciate the mention of the extra guides and lapbooks. They really are fun and I've had folks at a CA homeschool convention buy the series and the lapbooks and get the study guides too. When I asked, "Wow! What for?" They answered ,"This will be our CA history curriculum next year." Gulp.
Again, thanks so much for your kind words!
In Christ,