Title: Thick as Thieves
Author: Susan K. Marlow
Publisher: Kregel Publications
“Macy is all broken up inside. She’s sad and lonely. She must hate herself so much that she hates everybody else too. Can’t you show her a little bit of God’s love by trying to be her friend?” Andi is told in Susan K. Marlow’s novel, Thick as Thieves: An Andrea Carter Book.
First of the Circle C Milestones series, this one hundred and seventy-six paperback targets young adults who enjoy stories of a young girl living out West in the late eighteen hundreds on her family’s cattle ranch. With no profanity, overtly sexual scenes, or extreme violence, the innocuous Christian-based book would be ideal for females, especially homeschoolers, preteens, and naïve teenagers. The ending includes a one page listing of other books written by the author.
Having written seventeen stories geared toward young girls ages eight to fourteen years old, author Marlow writes and teaches writing workshops, while sharing lessons learned while homeschooling on their Washington fourteen-acre homestead.
In this tale set in California’s San Joaquin Valley in 1882, fourteen year old Andrea Carter would rather play with her favorite palomino, Taffy, than be bored in a classroom, especially when her horse gives birth to a rare pair of foals.
As her school grades falter due to spending more time with her animals than her studies, Andi is challenged when her teacher forces new girl Macy Walker to be her seatmate. Dirty, disheveled, and unrefined, Macy is uneducated, mouthy, and rude. At a loss for what to do, Andi must learn to trust God, being the only person in the classroom that feels sorry for the girl who has quickly become the playground’s bully.
When the Carter family and other nearby farm owners notice livestock missing, their concentration on finding the cattle rustlers overshadows Andrea’s turmoil dealing with rough, wild Macy. It is only through establishing a friendship that the two girls uncover the truth behind the thefts.
Written mainly for young girls who love horses, the story shows how to handle bullying, stand up for oneself, and learn to accept others with different backgrounds and personalities by relying on God’s help. Due to its short length and ongoing action, readers will find it engaging and entertaining.
Thanks to Kregel Publications for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.
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