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Kregel Publications #4: Andrea Carter and the San Francisco Smugglers

When a winter flood in Fresno closes school temporarily, Andi gets herself ready for a two-monthholiday riding the range on her palomino mare, Taffy. Andi is outraged when, instead, she's sent tolive with a spinster aunt in San Francisco, doomed to finish the winter term of school at Miss Whitaker'sAcademy for Young Ladies.Miss Whitaker's Academy is exactly what Andi expects it to be: boring. That is, until she meets hernew roommate, the equally untamable Jenny, and makes the acquaintance of the timid but tenderheartedLin Mei, a young girl who works at the school. In San Francisco, Andi finds herself exposed to a whole newworld. Soon Andi discovers a disturbing secret about Lin Mei's uncle, Feng Chee, and these three newfriends find themselves in more trouble than they can handle.
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Customer Reviews for #4: Andrea Carter and the San Francisco Smugglers
Review 1 for #4: Andrea Carter and the San Francisco Smugglers
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5 out of 5
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Great Historical Fiction Adventure

Date:April 3, 2011
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here4areason
Location:WA
Age:18-24
Gender:female
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Book four of this series is probably the one with the most historical events in it. The story brings you back in time to San Fransisco in the 1800s and introduces the reader to China Town, girls boarding schools and what it was like to live in that time frame.
My siblings (ages 10 & 13) love these books. I'm their book previewer, and these books are great. I'm a harsh critic when it comes to books - especially adventure books. But these are awesome in every aspect. From the story line, to the characters, to the morals, these books are extremely well written. Many authors try to "tell" you about the character; Susan Marlow "shows" you their character. In fact, you feel like you know them.
These books aren't for girls only. My brother is 13 and has thoroughly enjoyed these books. Yes, the main character is a girl, but the series has a strong male presence in the form of her 3 brothers and her friend, Cory.
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Review 2 for #4: Andrea Carter and the San Francisco Smugglers
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:January 30, 2010
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Mom2Many
I highly recommend this book for any age. It has great adventure, intrigue, Christians character traits/lessons. Great for tweens or as a read aloud to the younger ones.In this book (4th in the Circle C Adventure series), Andi is sent to San Francisco (she lives in Fresno) to attend a boarding school for young ladies. A flood in Fresno, damaged her school and school was closed for the rest of the term. Andi, thinking she was going to be spending more time riding her horse, Taffy, learns her mother had other plans. A ranch girl attending a finishing school was not to Andi's liking at all. Her new roommate, Jenny, and Andi get into some adventures trying to save a couple of little slave Chinese girls.The suspense in intriguing and keeps one wanting to read on. Hard to put down.
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Review 3 for #4: Andrea Carter and the San Francisco Smugglers
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5 out of 5

Date:October 16, 2009
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Jill
Twelve-year-old spunky Andi is actually happy that her school is shut down and needing repair after the flooding in Fresno.Little did she know that her parents had plans for her to go visit her Aunt Rebecca and attend Miss Whitaker's Academy For Young Ladies for a couple months. She reluctantly agrees, and soon is off to the Nob Hill section of San Francisco.Andi doesn't think to much of the old restored mansion, she will now call her school for a short time. She doesn't want to stay until she meets her roommate, Jenny, who reminds her of herself, a bit untamable. Both Andrea and Jenny meet up with Lin Mei, a mistreated Chinese servant girl.Begin the adventure Lin Mei runs away because she overhears that she would soon be sold and taken far away. It happens that she runs at the same time the headmistress, Miss Whitaker's jewelry goes missing! When Andrea and Jenny find Lin Mei, they decide to go to Chinatown. and hide Lin Mei in a Safe Mission house. Will they be able to keep Lin Mei safe?You will soon discover that this fine mix of characters all have underlying attributes and faults, just like all of us. As parents, you will also appreciate the Biblical values intertwined in this Adventure.
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Review 4 for #4: Andrea Carter and the San Francisco Smugglers
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:November 17, 2008
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Marilou Flinkman
A tip for grandmothers: San Francisco Smugglers is the perfect gift for your pre-teen granddaughters. Actually girls from 8 to 80 will be thrilled by Andrea Carters adventures. Be sure to read the book yourself before gift wrapping it for your lucky granddaughter.Susan Marlows latest book in the Circle C Adventures series is the best one yet. San Francisco Smugglers takes readers from a flood in Fresno to being trapped in the dark alleys of San Franciscos Chinatown. Ms Marlow keeps the excitement going while Andrea and her friend behave in a way you would be proud to see in your own child. The Circle C books follow historical events allowing youth to learn about the past while enjoying a good adventure story. I look forward to more books by Susan K. Marlow.
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Review 5 for #4: Andrea Carter and the San Francisco Smugglers
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5 out of 5

Date:October 27, 2008
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Sharon (a librarian)
Susan Marlow has done it again! She has created an adventure story that will capture the attention of the reluctant reader as well as satisfy those that devour books. Elementary-aged children will relate to spirited Andi Carter since she, like every kid, sometimes makes poor choices and struggles to determine the right thing to do. The author has artfully crafted a good story that blends adventure with a slice of little known historical fiction about the old West.
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Review 6 for #4: Andrea Carter and the San Francisco Smugglers
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:October 20, 2008
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Adam Blumer
I've always loved juvenile fiction and have several bookshelves crammed with favorite Hardy Boys and Sugar Creek Gang novels. So when I met fellow Kregel author Susan Marlow and learned that book four in her Circle C Adventures series was about to come out, I was eager to get my hands on a copy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading book four and quickly found myself engrossed in Andi's escapades.What kid wouldn't relate to Andi's excitement to learn that school is closed and then her disappointment to learn that she'll be attending an "Academy for Young Ladies" instead? Spunky Andi, who could benefit from a few rules in etiquette, is more comfortable riding the range on her palomino and doesn't exactly warm up to the idea; but she quickly realizes that she has no choice. Her worst fears come true, particularly manifested in the prickly and severe Miss Whitaker, and Andi wishes she had stayed home. But God clearly has a reason for her being at the academy, and those reasons factor into an exciting plot sure to win over young readers.Andi makes a new friend in her roommate Jenny, and most importantly she meets Chinese servant Lin Mei, whom Andi learns is actually a slave. When Andi learns that Lin Mei is to be sold and will have to leave the academy, she does what she can to thwart the sinister plan. I had never heard about childhood slavery in that era before and found the plot element fresh and engaging. The Historical Note at the end of the novel was particularly informative.San Francisco Smugglers was a refreshing change of pace for me. The novel is an enjoyable, wholesome story I'm happy to recommend. When Andi and her friends find themselves trapped in a dark warehouse with the prospect of being shanghaied in the morning, Andi reminds them that God is with them and will help them through her predicament. It's a pleasure reading an entertaining novel that also provides a spiritual challenge for young readers through Andi's example.
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Review 7 for #4: Andrea Carter and the San Francisco Smugglers
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5 out of 5

Date:October 1, 2008
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Pam
Andi Carter is a tomboy who loves her family's ranch and her horse, Taffy. When a flood closes the school in Fresco, Andi is secretly delighted. She'll be able to stay home and ride her horse. She won't miss school! Instead, Andi finds she is being sent to San Francisco to study at Miss Whitaker's Academy for Young Ladies. Disappointed, but struggling to make the best of her school term, Andi is drawn to the young servant girl, Lin Mei. When Andi realizes that Lin Mei is a slave, she is determined to help her escape. Andi finds herself drawn into the depths of China Town, where mystery and danger surround her at every turn. Will Andi be able to rescue Lin Mei?This is the fourth book in the Andrea Carter series, but is a great stand alone read. The story has enough action and excitement to keep the pickiest tween reader enthralled without realizing that she is learning American history. Andi Carter is a wonderful role model. She displays courage, compassion, and a willingness to treat all people equally during a time period when many groups were not accepted. She stands firm in her beliefs and in her Christian heritage. My only disappointment was that this book was aimed for tween and teen girls. I am always searching for quality historical fiction for tween boys. However, this book deserves a place in any family library where high quality, Christian fiction is appreciated.
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Review 8 for #4: Andrea Carter and the San Francisco Smugglers
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:August 9, 2008
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Jennifer Peterson
There's a big flood in Andrea (Andi) Carter's town of Fresno, California. Of course, everything is fine after that, right? Wrong! With the schoolhouse being flooded, Andi is sent to a boarding school. For ladies. In the city. For those already familiar with Andi, they know that this spells trouble for our young tomboy, especially when she meets up with a rough-and-tumble Jenny from Washington State. Add into this mix an adorable little Chinese slave girl that Andi is determined to rescue at all costs. When a plan turns ugly, will Andi and Jenny survive, let alone free Lin Mei?I loved this book because it grabs your full attention and holds on tight until the story is over. Its a good lesson in loyalty and determination, not to mention doing the right thing, even if it is impossible. I look forward to more books written by Susan in the future.
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