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4.04.2017

Andi Under the Big Top ~ Review

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

Andrea "Andi" Carter is all excited - the circus is coming to town and the entire Carter family is going to see it. The circus is excitement and Andi is sure living this life is as exciting as watching it.

But everything isn't as it appears as Andi soon finds out when she meets Henry Jackson. Henry ran away from home and is now trapped in a life of hard work and abuse. Can Andi find a way to help him before the circus moves on? Or will Henry's foolish decision take him even further from home?

But Andi isn't about to let someone in need stay in that situation. And she'll get her family involved if she has to.

This is the second book in the Circle C Stepping Stones series and it is geared towards younger readers who are just starting out in chapter books. Before the reader starts the story there are a couple pages of new words that the reader may be unfamiliar with along with a brief description. After the story ends a brief historical summary about circuses is given.

This book is 105 pages making it a good fit for a historical fiction book report. There are 6 illustrations throughout the book that add a little something to the reading experience. Perfect for the home or school library and a fun addition to history class.

I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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.