#1: Andi Unexpected  -     By: Amanda Flower
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ZonderKidz / 2013 / Hardcover

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Andora "Andi" Boggs and her sister Bethany are sent to live with their aunt when their parents die and Andi finds herself knee-deep in a mystery involving a mysterious trunk in the attic with the name "Andora" engraved on it. Andi and her new friend Colin decide to track down information and find out who this other Andora really was, but discovering anything proves difficult since nobody seems to want to talk about the circumstances surrounding her disappearance. Will Andi figure out just who this missing relative is and what happened to her?

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.60 X 1.40 (inches)
ISBN: 031073701X
ISBN-13: 9780310737018
Availability: In Stock
Series: Andi Boggs

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Publisher's Description

After the sudden death of their parents in the jungles of Central America, twelve-year-old science geek Andora “Andi” Boggs and her diva teenaged sister, Bethany, move to rural Killdeer, Ohio to live with their eccentric twenty-something aunt. And while the timeworn house has been home to the Boggs family for generations, Andi feels far from at home. Exploring the attic in her grief, she discovers proof of another Andora Boggs in the family tree hidden in a Depression-era trunk. Despite the meddling of the citizens of Killdeer, Andi and her new friend, Colin Carter, are determined to find out who this first Andora was, how she vanished, and why no one in town wants to talk about her. As more and more unanswered questions pile up, Andi and Colin must decide who they can trust with their secrets and who is interested in Andora’s story for the wrong reasons.

Author Bio

Amanda Flower is an Agatha Award-nominated mystery author (Maid of Murder), who first caught the writing bug in elementary school. She is also the author of Andi Unexpected, the Andi Boggs series, Appleseed Creek and the India Hayes series. When she’s not writing, she works as a librarian at Ursuline College near her hometown of Tallmadge, Ohio. Visit her online at www.amandaflower.com and www.isabellaalan.com.

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  1. MrsJTC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun mystery for young teens
    June 20, 2014
    MrsJTC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    {I received a copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.}

    Andora "Andi" Boggs is dealing with some serious topics in this book. It starts as Andi and her older sister Bethany are being dropped off to live with their eccentric aunt after the death of their parents. While Andi gets caught up in the family mystery surrounding another Andora Boggs from generations earlier, there is still an element of mourning through the book especially from Bethany. Andi and her friend Colin spend their time researching the mysterious Andora from the Great Depression. My 13 year old liked this book but she said they didn't talk about living for God as much as some other books she's read recently. It's also a bit more mature, since they are dealing with the loss of their parents. I'd recommend this book for ages 12+
  2. Cindy Loven
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Cute story
    February 20, 2014
    Cindy Loven
    I really enjoyed this book, it has been a long time since I read a YA book, and it made me remember how much I enjoy them. This book brought to mind the hours I spent as a child reading Trixie Beldon books and The Bobbsey Twins. About this book, I have to say that Amanda did a great job, keeping the suspense going. The story was not too cutesy, but was not over the heads of young readers. I loved the book and can't wait to read more from Amanda Flowers. Great book, cute story 4.5 stars. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
  3. britluver20021
    Arnold, CA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review of the book Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flowe
    November 28, 2013
    britluver20021
    Arnold, CA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was a children's mystery book. This girl named Andi and her sister move into her aunts house and find this mystery trunk in her attic with a doll and papers and such! They try to figure out who it all belonged to and at the end it all goes ok.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. StoryGirl
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    November 26, 2013
    StoryGirl
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I haven't read a lot of kids books in while, but this one sounded like a good one- I'm always up for a good mystery, you know. However, I'm not sure if it is because I'm older that I didn't enjoy this one so much, or if it really was just a so-so book. I'm inclined to think it the latter; there are plenty of kids' books I still enjoy, so I wouldn't say I've exactly "outgrown" them as a whole.

    I think what I disliked most about Andi Unexpected was the attitude of the kids- I mean, all that talk about cell phones and texting and really, her older sister was a huge brat. A lot of times Andi seemed more like a teenager than a 12-year-old. The worst part is, I'm sure that these are how most kids act today. (To quote the Professor, What do they teach in schools these days?) I'm not saying there was really anything inappropriate in here, it's just that I can't help but roll my eyes and get annoyed at a 14 year old who thinks she's dying because she doesn't have unlimited texting. I've never texted in my life and I'm still alive.

    But on the other hand, I was interested in the mystery- who was this first Andora, and what happened to her? All the same, for a reader who's used to the stakes being a bit higher in a mystery (I mean, honestly, I'm kind of used to a universe-imploding-if-the-heroes-don't-win kind of deal) a lot of the "danger" fell a little flat for me, although I understand that for kids, a story like this would be more appropriate.

    I was hoping that the Andi Boggs novels might be a bit more like my favorite kids' mystery series- The American Girl History Mysteries- which I loved. However, I felt a little let down by this book. A lot of it seemed to drag on for me, and I don't think I'd be interested enough to read any other books in this series. Still, if you're on the lookout for middle grade mysteries, you might want to try out this one.

    I received this book for free from booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Captivating!
    September 29, 2013
    Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Andi Boggs and her sister lost both parents in a plane crash, so the girls were moved to Killdeer, Ohio to live with their Aunt Amelie in the home that had been in their family for generations. Amelie's neighbor had a peculiar reaction upon discovering Andi's formal name is Andora, but she quickly covered up her reaction with an explanation about something she had eaten. Her grandson Colin is Andi's age, and the two curious youngsters discover they have a lot in common. Aunt Amelie had suggested that Andi could have the attic as her bedroom if she cleaned it out and prepared the contents for an upcoming garage sale. Colin agreed to help and they began the dusty chore, discovering a hidden door to a crawl space where a small trunk had been stored. Upon cleaning off the majority of grime Colin discovered a nameplate with "Andora" engraved on it. Upon questioning her Aunt Amelie about the trunk and its contents, Amelie explained that it appeared to be vintage to approximately World War II. With a mystery to solve Andi and Colin begin the quest to discover the identity of the original Andora and where she might be now. Colin provides a notebook and pencil and on the first page wrote "The Case of The First Andora." Underneath he added "Boggs and Carter Investigations."

    The debut of a middle school level mystery series, this book screamed shades of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys! In-depth and steeped in originality this story kept me engrossed to the very end. Amanda Flower is a very adept artist in creating characters and settings with all of the detail and suspense of an adult focused mystery. Included in this story are all the elements of a future success mystery series for present and future middle school children. There is no predicting what follows in this fast-paced full-length novel. I think I'll leave Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys packed away. This "grandmother" enjoyed the action and adventure in this charming modern-day investigative chronicle for middle grade children. I'll be watching for more of Andi Boggs and her future activities! My grandchildren will be receiving copies of this series.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Zonderkidz in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
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