Thick as Thievesis the first book in the Circle C Milestonesseries. This 176 page, 26 chapter book is set in the 1880's. Circle C is a ranch in California. The main character, Andrea Carter, is a horse-loving 14 year-old girl. To begin Andi's saga - check out the Circle C Beginnings (ages 6-9), Circle C Adventures (ages 9-14) Circle C Milestones are great for ages 12 and up. For your sons, check out Goldtown Adventures (ages 8-12).
Horses, Horses, Horses! Anyone else out there have a horse-crazy daughter like me? My newly 12 year old daughter has an equine love affair going on...
When I told her that Susan K. Marlow has a new series, she jumped up and down! A huge fan of her other books - she begged (yes, really!) for the new book - Thick as Thieves. When the book arrived, my daughter disappeared. She could not put it down!
From the first pages, you are caught up into Andi's world. She is a plucky, strong, and Godly character. My tester loves Andi - she's a horse lover, she's got annoying older brothers, and she loves Palominos (so, basically - "she's just like me, Mom!") This is one of the parts I love best! It's hard to find fiction for our young ladies that shows them a character that they can use as a role model. However, this series is a perfect fit - great characters, interesting settings, and a plot that draws you in.
This is a great addition to our American history studies. Historical fiction brings the time period to life - the 1880's. The author weaves suspense and surprise into the story and has you at the edge of your seat.
My tester has really enjoyed growing up with Andi - and living the horse-lovin' life through her eyes. Since we are smack dab in the middle of suburbia, this is a wonderful way for her to escape to a different time and place.
Susan K. Marlow's books are more than just an enjoyable read, woven throughout are valuable life lessons for your children to learn as well. Friendship is a main theme in this story as Andi must learn to overcome differences and trust others.
Be sure to check out the FREE - downloadable Study Guide - 40-page study guide contains not only vocabulary and comprehension questions, but also further explorations of the themes in the book, including the care of horses and a closer look at some of the places that Andi would have been exposed to in her late 19th century lifetime. There are crossword puzzles, diagrams, a foal timeline to fill in, and even math problems from 1880. We learned about lice, cattle rustling, and the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. This additional resource turns this into a fun unit study for your horse lovers!
You can also check out Andi's Blog - a fun way to learn more about her and her life. Pictures of Andi and her family, ranch news and more - a great place to visit!