Thursday, March 5, 2009

Andrea Carter and the San Francisco Smugglers

Author: Susan K. Marlow
Publisher: Kregel Publications
ISBN: 978-0-8254-3446-4
Genre: Inspirational/youth

Andi Carter is sitting in church when the news comes—a winter flood is threatening their town. The town is saved, but the school is so badly damaged that classes are cancelled for the next two months. Andi’s plans are to spend her unexpected holiday riding her mare, Taffy. But instead, she finds herself shipped off to San Francisco to attend Miss Whitaker’s Academy for Young Ladies.

Andi doesn’t know how she’ll endure two months of this torture. No horse back riding, except on Sundays, and then they ride side-saddle. No associating with the servants or workers at the academy. Andi does make friends, but it with another misfit.

But trouble seems to find Andi even in San Francisco. A servant girl runs away, and when Andi and her friend finds the girl, they discover a dreadful secret and themselves in a dangerous situation.

ANDREA CARTER AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SMUGGLERS is a wonderful adventure story for young ladies to read. I think it was Ms. Marlow’s best Andrea Carter book yet (and I’ve read all of them.) I couldn’t wait to see what happened next, and yet I felt sorry for Andi being forced into a life that would do nothing to further her academically, instead she is forced to learn things that young ladies of influence are expected to know.

I highly recommend ANDREA CARTER AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SMUGGLERS. My thirteen year old daughter enjoyed it, and my seven year old is anxiously waiting for me to finish the review so she can read the book. Based on true historical facts, this book is also invaluable as a short history lesson too. Don’t miss ANDREA CARTER AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SMUGGLERS or any of the other books in the Andrea Carter series. Be sure to check out to find out more about Andi and her horse, Taffy, and to get your questions answered. 136 pages.

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