Twelve year old Andi Carter attracts trouble the way her palomino horse, Taffy, attracts flies on a hot summer day. Andi's entire family and the staff at the Circle C Ranch treat her like such a pesky kid that she sometimes wonders if they would all be better off without her. After a particularly scary incident where Andi gets in trouble once again, she saddles up Taffy and runs away from home. After a frightening encounter with a horse thief and a vicious young lady, Andi realizes that there really is no place like home. Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home comes in paperback form, and is recommended for children ages 9-14.