In the meantime, I thought it might be fun to incorporate a sneak peek that highlights a supporting character who originally appeared in the Circle C Adventures and also plays a major role in the new Circle C Stepping Stones (for ages 7-10).
Andi and Sadie are good friends when they are younger (age 9). In Andi Saddles Up, they meet when Andi is first exploring her brand-new special spot (that Chad shows her and gives her on her birthday). She is up in the tree and hears somebody approaching:
Andi spread the leaves apart. A barefoot girl wearing faded overalls sat on a brown horse.
While Andi watched, the girl slid from the horse’s back and walked up to Taffy. She rubbed the filly’s nose then took hold of the reins.
“Hey!” the girl hollered. “I said, whose horse is this?” She looked around. Then she tugged on the reins. “I guess it’s finders keepers, losers weepers.”
Andi sucked in her breath. Oh, no, it’s not! If this strange girl thought she was going to keep Taffy, she had another think coming.
Andi scrambled down the tree. When she reached the lowest branch, she swung from it and dropped to the ground. “Hey, yourself! What are you doing? That’s my horse.”
The girl laughed. “I knew I could get you to show yourself.” She dropped the reins. “Mighty pretty horse. I wouldn’t really take her.” She turned a full circle. “This your spread?”
Andi nodded. “Where did you come from?”
“Thataway.” The girl pointed up the creek. “We got a place just on the other side of those hills. I been followin’ this creek for quite a spell. Woulda kept goin’ if I hadn’t seen the horse.”
“Why are you following our creek?”
She shrugged. “To see where it goes.” She flipped a dirty-blond braid behind her shoulder. “What’s your name?”
“Andi Carter. What’s yours?”
Fast forward three years to Dangerous Decision. School (and the fact that Sadie doesn't go), life, and the fact that Chad never liked Andi going around with a no-account sheepherder's daughter has caused Andi and Sadie to drift apart. Sadie is not directly in this story, but we hear about her.
"My money's on the Hollister kids," Justin tells Andi when he hears about somebody nearly trampling the new teacher. "They're a wild bunch and wouldn't think twice about tearing through town on their horses . . ." "It wasn't Sadie and Zeke Hollister," Andi confesses. "It was Cory and me. Mostly it was me." The new teacher later thinks Andi is Sadie and treats her harshly. At that point Andi assures Mr. Foster she is NOT Sadie. The Hollisters hardly ever come to school (never, actually).
Fast forward another five years to Courageous Love. Riley and Andi are on their way up to the Hollister place to find out if they have anything to do with the recent, unpleasant happenings to the Carter family. Click to read on . . .