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Monday, May 31, 2010

Kregel Publications' Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure

Back in the fall, the TOS Crew was asked to take a look at another book by Kregel Publications called Bertie's War. You can find that review HERE. This spring, we were asked to read and review Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure.

The Trouble with Treasure is one of several books about the adventures of Andrea Carter, Andi for short. The series is called The Circle C Adventure Series and it currently has 5 books with the 6th book set to be released in August. Each book can be read as a stand alone book-you don't have to read the other books in the series to follow the story. Here is a blurb from Kregel's website that sums up the story line for The Trouble with Treasure:

When innocent horseplay temporarily lands Andi and her friends in jail, they decide that a trip into the mountains will leave their troubles far behind. Accompanied by big brother Mitch and armed with a map showing old gold diggings, they can't wait to strike it rich. What could be better than two weeks of camping and horseback riding?

But instead of gold they find heaps of trouble -- trouble that leaves Mitch gravely wounded. Andi needs help fast. But who can she trust? And what good is a bag of gold when her beloved brother lies near death in the middle of nowhere?

The pros: I really enjoyed this book. It's a page turner-keeping you involved and drawing you into the story so you just have to keep reading. It's geared toward kids ages 8-12, but it could easily be a family read-aloud. The book, and each other one in the series, is $7.95, but there is also a FREE 24 page supplemental material pack that you can download from Kregel's site to help homeschoolers draw out the educational aspects of the books.

The cons: There weren't any-it was great!

The bottom line: I tend to be very frugal, and $7.95 for one book sounds steep to me, but this book was really good, and the bonus free supplemental materials (think unit study type activities) could and would easily be sold by many other curriculum vendors for at least as much as the book, so given that it is kind of a two for one deal, I think it's worth it. I'd advise you not only to read it, but the others in the series too.

To buy Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure, or see many of Kregel's other publications, go HERE. To see what other members of the TOS Crew had to say, go HERE.

Legal disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure for me to read and review. That book was the only compensation I received for this review.
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1 comment:

Susan Marlow said...

Hi One Blessed mamma,
Thanks for your great review of TWT. "Page turner" is the highest complement an author can hear. *grin*