Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What An Adventure!

The title of this blog entry could mean so many things, couldn't it?  Being on the Homeschool Crew has been an adventure.  Reviewing products I NEVER would have even considered for our little homeschool has been an adventure.  But I'll have to write about those another time.  Today I want to tell you about the adventure novel we read together.

Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure was a wonderful adventure story for boys and girls.  I would say this could be read aloud to a child as young as 8.  I'm not sure about the upper range.  I can tell you that our 13-year-old and our 11-year-old were rivetted.  And this 43-year-old thought it was pretty great too.

Our guys have this thing they do when they love a book.  As I'm reading aloud, when I get to the end of a chapter, they will start chanting, "Read another chapter!"  "Read Another Chapter!"  They will chant that, and sometimes bang on the table until I give in and read another chapter.  Well, there was a lot of chanting going on with Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure.  The other comment that will tell you how much our boys loved this book is that at the end, our oldest son said, "Are there more of these books?"

I don't want to give away the plot, here.  But the book follows a young girl named Andrea Carter who is growing up on a ranch in the West in the late 1800's.  In Trouble with Treasure, she finds danger and adventure with her friends while on a trail ride.  Although the book mentions Andrea's faith and she does cry out to God when she's in trouble it is not preachy or over-the-top.  I love Jesus, but some of the Christian fiction written for tweens is so un-real.  Andrea Carter is not one of those books.  Her faith naturally plays out during the story.

We downloaded the reader's activity guide for this book and had such a great time working through that as we read.  I will definitely be reading the other books and we will al work through the activities guides while reading.  The guide was colorful and informative and fun.  It was never dry or boring.

When I received Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure I thought it would be one of those girl-books.  It's totally not.  This book was packed with enough adventure for any boy.  So don't overlook the Circle C Adventures if you have the opportunity to read them to your boys.  This was a great book for girls or boys.

 As usual, please read the reviews of my other crew members.  I am not the only opinion here and maybe someone else will think differently.  You can see the reviews for Andrea Carter and The Trouble with Treasure, hereKregel Publications sent me a complimentary copy of this book so that I could review it on my blog.  They offer many lovely books for your teens, tweens, and even you!  This was the second book I've read from Kregel and I've loved both books.  Check them out!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Lori,

    I"m just stopping by to thank you for your thorough and enthusiastic review of Andi's latest adventure. And I'm just tickled that you printed out and worked through the enrichment activities as well. :-)

    I tell you what . . . it does my heart good to hear BOYS enjoying the books. At homeschool conventions I do get the "girl on the cover" thing, but I say, "Listen, if you can get past the cover, your boys will enjoy the books . . . really."

    I'm logged in as my Andi, who has lots to say about her family and friends over on her blog. LOL I haven't done a THING to my Suzy Scribbles HSB blog account. TMI is what I'm thinking these days about the upgrade. But I do like your template.

    Again, thanks!

    Susan Marlow