Andi Under the Big Top

4431 cover 2.inddAuthor: Susan K. Marlow

Series: Circle C Stepping Stones #2

Publisher: Kregel

Release Date: March 28, 2017

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Another fun adventure for young readers that is just the right combination of excitement and life lessons we can all use.

Andi Carter is excited for summer! She is finally healed from the broken arm she got trying to do a trick on her horse and now the circus has come to town.  She has seen the circus once before, but was too young to fully remember anything, except for being scared of the clowns.  The most exciting thing for Andi is getting to see the champion bareback rider.  During the show, Andi and her family meet Henry Jackson, a young boy working in the circus.  Andi is a little jealous of Henry at first, working and hanging out with all the circus performers and traveling to new places.  That quickly changes after she learns that he ran away from home to join the circus and now he can’t leave.  Andi feels led to help him get free, but doing so might cost her more than she is willing to pay.

The second book in the Circle C series is another fun adventure for young readers. However, I don’t think I would say it is as good as the first.  I have a problem with the way it ended.  For me it didn’t take care of a few of the loose ends.  I don’t want to give anything away, but it was too quick without the explanations I would have liked to have seen.  The target audience of 7-10 year old children probably won’t notice, or if they do, they might not care, but it bothered me.  I liked the way Andi saw a wrong being committed and wanted to do something about it and help.  This is a good reminder for the readers to always try and do what is right.  The length of these books is just perfect for young readers to get a good story but not be overwhelmed by the amount to read.  I recommend this to kids starting out with chapter books that enjoy stories with animals and have some history to them.

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

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