I received a copy of ANDI SADDLES UP by Susan K. Marlow from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. It is the first book in the “Circle C Stepping Stones” series.
I had previously read the young adult series about Andi Carter, so Susan K. Marlow already had a fan in me! Her writing is pure pleasure. This historical fiction series is geared toward children ages seven to ten. I can see this appealing more to girls, but because of the horses and ranch life, boys might also be interested. From my time as an elementary teacher, I can see student snatching up copies of this book. There are many teachable moments throughout the chapters. Parents and teachers can take the time to explain about the Wild West and ranch life in the 1800s.
In ANDI SADDLES UP, Andi meets a new friend. Unfortunately, Andi’s older brother and her new friend’s father are at war over land each family wants to claim. Andi learns important lessons about friendship and not allowing her own anger to make her act impulsively. The religious undertones aren’t heavy at all, perfect for subtlety teaching children.
Highly recommended! I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
I’m passing this book on to a friend’s daughter. I can see myself buying more copies of this to give as gifts in the future.