#1: Andi Unexpected
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.
February 20, 2014
Review of the book Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flowe
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.
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November 28, 2013
I havenÃ¢ÂÂt read a lot of kids books in while, but this one sounded like a good one- IÃ¢ÂÂm always up for a good mystery, you know. However, IÃ¢ÂÂm not sure if it is because IÃ¢ÂÂm older that I didnÃ¢ÂÂt enjoy this one so much, or if it really was just a so-so book. IÃ¢ÂÂm inclined to think it the latter; there are plenty of kidsÃ¢ÂÂ books I still enjoy, so I wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt say IÃ¢ÂÂve exactly Ã¢ÂÂoutgrownÃ¢ÂÂ 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, IÃ¢ÂÂm sure that these are how most kids act today. (To quote the Professor, What do they teach in schools these days?) IÃ¢ÂÂm not saying there was really anything inappropriate in here, itÃ¢ÂÂs just that I canÃ¢ÂÂt help but roll my eyes and get annoyed at a 14 year old who thinks sheÃ¢ÂÂs dying because she doesnÃ¢ÂÂt have unlimited texting. IÃ¢ÂÂve never texted in my life and IÃ¢ÂÂm 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 whoÃ¢ÂÂs used to the stakes being a bit higher in a mystery (I mean, honestly, IÃ¢ÂÂm kind of used to a universe-imploding-if-the-heroes-donÃ¢ÂÂt-win kind of deal) a lot of the Ã¢ÂÂdangerÃ¢ÂÂ 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 kidsÃ¢ÂÂ 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 donÃ¢ÂÂt think IÃ¢ÂÂd be interested enough to read any other books in this series. Still, if youÃ¢ÂÂre on the lookout for middle grade mysteries, you might want to try out this one.
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November 26, 2013
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.
September 29, 2013