About the Book
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.
About the Author
I started writing stories when I was about ten years old. I never intended to become a published author. I just liked writing stories for myself and for my younger sister, Julie. Once I began sharing my stories outside my family, enough people encouraged me to submit to publishers. They wouldn't let me give up! With the publication of the first book in my Circle C Adventures, Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home, I discovered that is really is more fun to share my stories with others then to keep them to myself. Besides the Circle C Adventures, I've gone on to write the Circle C Beginnings (a young Andi Carter), the new Circle C Milestones (a teen Andrea Carter), Tales from the Circle C Ranch (a collection of short stories from Andi's point of view), and the Goldtown Adventures, gold-rush adventures geared more toward boys.
I have a degree in elementary education and love to teach. I taught in Christian schools before I began home schooling. After twenty years, I've finished home schooling but find myself "back in the saddle" as I help other homeschooling families, including my grandchildren. I teach writing workshops for kids, speak at public and Christian schools about the writing process, am a freelance editor, enjoy my ten grandkids, and . . . write stories, of course.
I've had a lot of fun writing about Andi Carter's adventures in the 1800s. In this picture I'm enjoying some time with Star ("Taffy"). I wish Star were mine, but he belongs to my friend Vicki, who generously let me hang out at her stables and take pictures of "Taffy" and "Dixie" (the pinto horse, Patches, in Andrea Carter and the Family Secret).
Book two in the Circle C Beginning Series, Andi Under the Big Top, is yet again another fantastic historical fiction story about Andi Carter and her adventures. This story is focused on Andi’s adventures and thrills of the circus. It is fun, well-written, enjoyable and entertaining. Young readers will love Andi’s relationship with her horse, Taffy, as well as delight in joining Andi in her adventures. This book is an excellent read for children that enjoy historical fiction and stories with strong family and animal relationships.
Series: Circle C Stepping Stones
Genre: animals, horses, history, family, children’s
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication date: March 28, 2017
Number of pages: 114
Category: Middle Grade
Content Rating: G
Book Rating: 5 stars
Other books in the series:
1-Andi Saddles Up
A review copy of this book was provided by Kregel Publications. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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