At 8:30 a.m. I handed my 12 year old daughter a book to read for a review. A little after 6pm she handed it back- having read it all. At first I thought she was joking. 173 pages in 26 chapters had been quickly devoured in less than a day. To say she liked the book would be a huge understatement. The book was Thick as Thieves from Kregel Publications. The book is the first in a series called Circle C Milestones.
Circle C Milestones is the third level of reading series from Susan K. Marlow starring Andi and her horse Taffy. Circle C Beginnings is for girls ages 6-9, Circle C Adventures is for girls ages 9-14 and now Circle C Milestones is written for young ladies ages 12 and up.
Thick as Thieves Book Review
As the book opens Andi’s horse, Taffy, is giving birth to twin colts. Although she’s super excited to teach the new colts the way of life, Andi has to head back to school for a new school year. At school Andi befriends a bully named Macy after taking a lot of flack from the girl. After finding out that her colts had been stolen by cattle rustlers, Macy helps Andi find and rescue them from none other than Macy’s older brothers!! However, once the horses are safe, the mean rustlers take Andi hostage for ransom! Of course all ends well and according to my 12 year old, “It’s a fun, action-packed adventure and I can’t wait for the next one in the series!”
After reading, I asked her a series of questions about the book…
Would you recommend the book to your friends?
Yes, it’s a good book.
What was your favorite part?
When Andi and Macy were becoming friends.
What age group would you recommend this book for?
I don’t know. Some people are more advanced than others. … Um… 10 to 15 year olds?
Was there anything about the book you didn’t like?
When Macy and her brothers were threatening to shoot each other. Macy was trying to protect herself but her brothers are just plain mean.
I love her honesty.
Along with receiving the physical book, we also received a digital Study Guide with Enhancement Activities. The study guide is divided into six sections which cover vocabulary, comprehension questions, digging deeper and various enrichment activities related to the storyline. The final section also includes extra activities for further study. In addition, photos, historical stories and other interesting trivia can be found on Andi’s blog.
The theme for Thick as Thieves
Friendship- unselfishly giving support and expressing compassion to another
The study guide is set up to be used in two different ways.
1. Read the entire book and then go back and work through the sections.
2. Read the chapters indicated and work through the sections after reading each group of chapters.
The chapters are broken down into several groups:
- Chapters 1-3
- Chapters 4-7
- Chapters 8-12
- Chapters 13-16
- Chapters 17-21
- Chapters 22-26
Obviously with her reading the entire book in one day, we went with option 1. She is working her way through the study guide, using it a couple times a week. SHE LOVES IT.
My bottom line
Julia loved the book and is greatly enjoying the study guide. I love that she loves it. The story is wholesome with Christian roots and the study guide brings memory verses into play. Does it get any better? We both give it two thumbs up!
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