Andi Saddles Up

4430 cover 1.inddAuthor: Susan K. Marlow

Series: Circle C Stepping Stones #1

Publisher: Kregel

Release Date: March 28, 2017

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

A fun, quick read great for young readers ready to get started with an adventure.

All that Andi Carter has thought about is getting to her ninth birthday so she can be old enough to ride her palomino horse, Taffy, all on her own. When the day finally arrives, she is excited to receive her first saddle and gets ready for an adventure.  She wants to learn to do tricks like her friend, unfortunately her older brother Chad thinks that is too dangerous and won’t even let her try.  In an attempt to make up for it, he shows her to a super secret spot she can go to think and have her privacy.  It is here that she meets a new friend, Sadie.  The girls quickly become good friends until they find out their families are in the middle of a fight over the boundary of their lands.  They don’t understand the way adults must make a big fuss over things that don’t seem important to either of them.  More than their friendship will be tested as the fighting continues.

I picked up this book to see what it would be like for young readers like my son, who is in first grade. This is the perfect book for young readers looking for an adventure (when he saw me reading it he quickly wanted to start reading it himself).  Everything about this is great for kids starting out, the writing is quick and concise, the story has a bit of mystery and adventure, and it is just the right length to give them a sense of accomplishment without seeming overwhelming.  I also enjoyed the little lessons it gave throughout, teaching of how important it is to be kind and how kids look to see the best in each other even when the others around them just want to continue with a fight, no matter how inconsequential it may seem.  I highly recommend this as a series for kids and even parents to read together and enjoy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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