My children and I love nothing more than a good book that we can enjoy together, as a family read-aloud. In fact, reading aloud has become a daily treat, dare I say a bit of a tradition I think, in our home? 🙂 So when we had the chance to read Thick as Thieves, the first book in the Circle C Milestones series, for review, we were rather excited about the opportunity to read something new; after all who isn’t looking for great literature to read all the time, right?
Circle C Milestones is actually a continuation of the stories of the main character Andi Carter and her family and while it is intended for older children, overall all three of mine really enjoyed this book and hung on every word. Author, Susan K. Marlow, has written two other series too, both telling of the adventures of Andrea Carter. For younger readers there is the Circle C Beginnings and Circle C Adventures. Circle C Milestones is recommended for children ages 12 and up but again, as a family read, these were quite entertaining for all of us. What’s really nice too is that you do not have to have read any of the other books to understand the story itself. This is the first we have read of the Circle C books but we were easily able to follow along with the action and the story itself when we began to read this one. This is a very simple, well paced book too; 174 pages, divided into 26 chapters.
Did I mention too that each of these books comes with a free downloadable study guide – think unit study! This is overflowing with fun activities and great tools for learning such as: vocabulary and reading comprehension, scripture filled questions for discussion to go deeper into the characters and virtues within the story and so much awesome material for learning all about horses (which is a huge thing for 2 of my three who just love everything that involves horses and ponies too).
I know I say this often, but it is true and so very important I believe. We need less twaddle in our lives. We need to good, wholesome books for our children to read, especially as they get older. It is so very refreshing to be able to find an author that I know my children will not only enjoy, but will learn and gain wisdom from. Thick as Thieves is a wonderful story, mostly for older girls although again, I have to say, I found it enjoyable myself (my little ones too). Even my older son (who is only 9) was held captivated during this one. And what a powerful message within this story: centering around the importance not just of friendship itself but of being a good friend. And throughout the story, in every situation, Andi is shown seeking the Lord in prayer, turning to the Scriptures to navigate the many challenges that we all, at some time, face in life. It’s a wonderful way for our children to see how the Word of God really IS something that we can apply to our own life. What a blessing!
Since my daughter loves horses and ponies and my two boys are huge fans of the Old West, this story, set in California in the 1880s gives us all a “real life” glimpse into the history of ranching and family life in general. (Don’t you love living history?). While it is certainly hard for my children, at their age, to imagine the 1800’s – reading about life and the many differences in such a vivid way really leaves its impression upon all of them. Its fun too, to pull out maps and try to locate general areas; to see the awe on my younger son’s face when he learns that electricity didn’t always exist. And my daughter, her squeals of delight at every mention of horses and the birthing of a foal – Exciting stuff!
You can read an excerpt of the book here or purchase your own copy here for $9.99.There are so many wonderful examples within this book; it is so full of scripture and virtuous lessons. This is the first Andi Carter book that we’ve read, and we enjoyed it so much that we are planning to read more of these wonderful “Andi” books. And of course, we eagerly await the next Circle C Milestones: Heartbreak Trail, the next book in the series coming in July. I highly encourage you consider these books for your family (girls especially). Circle C Beginnings is for ages 6-9, Circle C Adventures for ages 9-14, and Circle C Milestones for 12 and up. The Goldtown Adventures Series is for ages 8-12 and is geared more towards boys, but girls can enjoy those as well. And all will bless your family abundantly as they help our youth to see the power and life within Scripture.
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