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Andi Saddles Up + Andi Under the Big Top Book Reviews

Andi Saddles Up
Circle C Stepping Stones #1
By Susan K. Marlowe
 Andi Carter has just turned nine. She and her palomino, Taffy, are old enough to be a real horse-and-rider pair at last! With a beautiful new saddle, Andi’s sure she is ready to learn to trick ride like her friend Riley used to do before he left the ranch.

Sadly, big brother Chad knocks down any trick-riding plans, but Andi cheers up when she discovers a new friend at her special spot. Her fun with Sadie is soon threatened, though. They are caught in the middle of a boundary quarrel between the two families. Both Sadie’s pa and Chad are stubborn as mules and neither will back down.

Can Andi and Sadie hang on to their friendship while the adults are fighting?

Andi Under the Big Top
Circle C Stepping Stones #2
By Susan K. Marlow

The summer after Andi Carter turns nine the circus comes to town. She can’t wait to get in line to see the elephants, acrobats, and–most of all–the champion bareback rider. What could be more thrilling than riding your very own horse under the big top?

When the Carters see the show, Andi meets Henry Jackson, a small boy selling concessions. Andi thinks his job must be perfect, hanging out with happy clowns, exotic animals, and excited visitors. But it’s not all fun and games. Henry shares a secret with Andi: he ran away from home to join the circus–and now he’s trapped. Andi wants to help him get free. But helping him may mean losing something very special to her.

My Thoughts: It’s extremely important to find books that aren’t just at a child’s reading level but are actually suitable for them, and both of these Circle C Stepping Stones books are just that. The characters are easy to follow, and relatable to a young reader and have real plots that child would understand. They easily deliver the message of helping others and are books your children will have fun reading.
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