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TOS Crew Product Review ~ "Andi's Indian Summer" by Susan K. Marlow (from Kregel/Circle C Books)


Most of the homeschool families I know are full of avid readers. Most of the homeschool moms I know could be called "book-a-holics". The typical homeschool family's home has books in every nook and cranny. Sure, plenty of those books are textbooks or curriculum. But a big part of most homeschool family book collections are works of fiction and interesting biographies. Today I get to tell you about a book that falls into the category "fiction adventure book".


The book "Andi's Indian Summer" by Susan K. Marlow (from the Circle C Beginnings series, published by Kregel Publications)is the second book in a series of six. Aimed at young independent readers, this adventure tale draws children into the wild west era of American history. The primary theme of the book is a scary old dime store novel that causes the book's main character (a young girl named Andi) to consider what it might be like to be captured by American Indians. Set in the 1800's "wild west" days, this book gives young readers a glimpse into that wonderful and unique period of time that was short-lived yet will never "die".

While you could read this series of books just for the fun of it, Kregel Publications has added some "extras" that make it easy to make these books are part of your language arts curriculum. The chapters are short enough that the book could easily be assigned over the course of several weeks, one chapter at a time. (The book is 76 pages long). There is a "New Word List" (page 7) which is nice for terms your child may not be familiar with, such as "Yokut", "ohum", and "jim-dandy". You could use these as spelling words, too.

You can visit their website to learn more about this series of books - here is a direct link to the Circle C Beginnings Series: These books retail for $4.99 each, but can be purchased for $3.49 each through August 31, 2011 with the coupon code HOME11. There are book excerpts and supplemental materials available at the website as well.

Kregel Publications sells a variety of products that are ideal for the homeschooling family. Available at their website are Bible history books and guides, the Andrea Carter books (also written by Susan K. Marlow for older readers), and a whole lot more. You can browse around their website here:

As you prepare for your lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer, consider choosing some quality reading material to keep your kiddos learning. In a future post I will share some ways you can easily count your summer activities as a part of the coming school year!

Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend everyone - take time to enjoy your families and do something you truly enjoy! As for me, I get to see my oldest son graduate tomorrow and we will enjoy a reception in his honor on Sunday. It will be a great weekend for the Burt family :)

Day 93 done :)

Jan L. Burt


  1. Thanks for you short and snappy review of Indian Summer. You covered everything so nicely, even the extra stuff. :-)
    What is "Day 93"? LOL

  2. Hi Susan - thank you for your kind words regarding my review of your book, and as a homeschooling mom I'd like to thank you for creating works of fiction that are wholesome and easily incorporated into the homeschool setting :)

    As for "Day 93 done", it's a continuation from my first blog post (which I ended with "Day 1 done"). So I continued ending my blog posts with that way!

    Lord bless you Susan & thanks again for such great books!



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