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August 22, 2013

ANDI UNEXPECTED by Amanda Flower

Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Zonderkidz 

ANDI UNEXPECTED                                        4  STARS
An Andi Boggs Novel
Novel 1
by Amanda Flower

 Twelve-year-old Andora 'Andi' Boggs and her fourteen-year-old sister Bethany move to rural Ohio to live with their eccentric twenty-something aunt after the sudden death of their parents. While dealing with her grief, Andi discovers proof of another Andora Boggs in the family tree whose existence was hidden in a Depression-era trunk in the attic. With help from her new friend and neighbor, Colin Carter, Andi is determined to find out who this first Andora was and what happened to her.

This story is a good mystery for the young  and the young at heart.  The mystery of the story will keep anyone intrigued and interested enough to keep reading.The parents of Andora "Andi" Boggs and sister Bethany have died in a plane crash.
Their Aunt Amelie takes them in.  Normal sister spats start.  Bethany doesn't want to be in the same space as Andi and she is livid that her texting has been cut down.  Andi goes about finding something to do in this new place.  She does and what she finds is a trunk in the attic that was mysteriously hidden in a wall. Low and behold she discovers that someone else named Andora Boggs lived in the same town during the Depression. Andi gets her neighbor friend, Colin and they start investigating this  other person named Andora Boggs.
They do quite a good job of it too.It appears there is some kind of connection between two families.  What could it be? Every mystery must have a villain and it was Dr. Girard.  You just couldn't help but dislike him. The author did a wonderful job of creating the characters.  They were easy to relate to. The book was part history lesson and part mystery. It kept you guessing to the end. I think this short story is great for anyone. You don't have to be a middle schooler to love these kind of books.  I definitely think this book should be read by or to any youngster.  Andi is someone that they could possibly relate to and the book will encourage them to get out that spy glass and  become detectives. Wonderful book.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

I received a complimentary copy of ANDI UNEXPECTED from the publisher, Zonderkidz on behalf of the author, Amanda Flower for this  honest review.


Amanda Flower, an Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she'd found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was a 2010 Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel and the first in a series featuring amateur sleuth India Hayes. In July 2012, Amanda will debuting her second mystery series, the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series, which is set in Ohio's Amish country. In addition to being a mystery author, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.  (will post when book is released)

1 comment:

Amanda Flower said...

Hi Gayle, Thanks so much for the great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book!