Long Ride Home by Susan K. Marlow

1880s historical adventure in the Old West!

Twelve-year-old “Andi” Carter attracts trouble the way her palomino horse, Taffy, attracts flies on a hot summer day. Lately, she can’t do anything right, from forgetting important chores to putting herself in danger with her brother Chad’s wild stallion.

After a particularly scary incident where Andi gets into trouble once again, she wonders if her family would be better off without her. So she saddles up Taffy and leaves the Circle C ranch.

But her escape quickly leads to frightening encounters with a horse thief and a vicious young lady. Turns out that life on her own is downright terrifying! Home is where Andi belongs, but how can she go back without her beloved mare?

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  • Grades 5-7
  • Western
  • Classic comparison: Little House meets Bonanza

A six-week unit study for Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home. Covers vocabulary, comprehension and “digging deeper” questions as well as writing skills. Also explores topics related to the 1880s ranching in California:

  • Geography
  • Caring for a horse
  • Measuring a horse
  • A horse’s coloring
  • Cowboy’s Ten Commandments
  • Characters, setting, story problem, plot, and solution
  • And more!

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