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Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 (inches)
Series: Andi Boggs
A Plain Death, Appleseed Creek Mystery Series #1 -eBookAmanda FlowerB&H Books / 2012 / ePub$1.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 16 Reviews
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A Plain Disappearance: An Appleseed Creek Mystery - eBookAmanda FlowerB&H Books / 2013 / ePub$1.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 32 Reviews
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Twelve-year-old Andora Andi Boggs and her new best friend Colin Carter couldnt be more excited to attend the prestigious science camp at the local university in Killdeer, Ohio. Unfortunately, Discovery Camps curriculum appears to include much more than just chemistry and biology. From day one, the university is plagued by a series of pranksmissing markers, loose crickets, and stolen scales. Campus security blames the mysterious janitor Polk, but even though Andi agrees hes acting suspicious, she cant believe the gentle old man would do anything illegal. Then one prank goes too far and their chemistry professor is injured by an explosion in the lab, upping the stakes of the investigation. Andi and Colin must unravel the secrets behind the chemistry department and Polks dark past before danger closes the camp for good.
Praise for the series:
2013 Agatha Award Nominee
"In the upstanding tradition of Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy, Andi is spunky and unafraid to take risks" Booklist
"A fun little detective story with some simple life lessons." Kirkus Reviews
"Flower creates a cast of memorable characters and a colorful, historically detailed setting." Publishers Weekly
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 shes 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.
NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I loved this sweet story!August 31, 2015NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Andi and Colin are attending a summer science camp held at the local college. Amateur sleuths, they're about to delve into mysterious events surrounding the science department. Andi and Colin's capers bring to mind stories of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys from my childhood.
Amanda Flower uses many innovative elements in her stories concerning Andi and her best friend, Colin. The sweet innocence portrayed in these short novels is exemplary. Childhood is presented as it should be, filled with creativity, exploration and imagination. All is not rosy in the lives of these youngsters, but the author uses difficult issues to create a portrait of reality through fiction.
Andi's capers are intriguing, enchanting and humorous. I found Andi Under Pressure to be a sweet and very enjoyable read, and I look forward to future stories about Andi and her friends. I highly recommend this book for children ages 9-14 and older. Adults will find these stories delightful as well!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Fitzysmom4 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMNovember 20, 2014FitzysmomQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4When I was a pre-teen I fell in love with the popular mysteries of the day like Trixie Beldon, Nancy Drew, and even The Boxcar Children. Now that I have grandchildren old enough to read we've been enjoying those old classics, but I must admit they are dated in spots.
We recently were introduced to the Andi Boggs series and it has been the answer to our outdated dilema. Andi is a delightfully precocious 12 year-old that is just brimming with curiosity. The first book in the series is entitled Andi Unexpected. It introduces all of the characters and has a wonderfully engaging mystery that the characters solve.
In book two, Andi Under Pressure, we meet back up with Andi and her friend Colin. They have been selected to attend a prestigious science camp called Discovery Camp. They are both excited to attend but soon after they arrive mysterious things begin to happen. The curious duo quickly dive in to investigate what is going on.
I enjoyed so much about this book. The characters are wholesome and display qualities that you would like for your children to emulate. My grands were engaged with the story and kept asking for just one more chapter. It was fun to listen to their guesses at what was really going on. If you have young mystery lovers in your life this would be a great book for them. While both of the books are related they can each be read as a stand-alone.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
grandmaComstock Park, MIAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I found Andi Under Pressure to be a series I would have enjoyed as a young reader. It is a fun, modern, "Nancy Drew-type story/character", but updated for children today.October 27, 2014grandmaComstock Park, MIAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As I've mentioned a time or two . . . or three or more . . . as a child, I always received books for Christmas and my birthday. As a mom, I carried on this tradition and always gave my children a book or two on their birthdays and for Christmas. So, now as a grandma, one thing my grandsons can count on receiving on their birthdays and for Christmas are books!
Andi Under Pressure
Author - Amanda Flower
Publisher - Zonderkidz
Ages - 8-12
Favorite Features -
Great stories children will enjoy with characters and solid messages grandparents/and parents will appreciate.
Excellent storylines - will capture the attention of children and keep them reading to find out what happens next!
As mentioned, solid messages about getting along and making wise choices.
Zonderkidz has this to say about Andi Under Pressure, "Twelve-year-old Andora Andi Boggs and her new best friend Colin Carter couldnt be more excited to attend the prestigious science camp at the local university in Killdeer, Ohio. Unfortunately, Discovery Camps curriculum appears to include much more than just chemistry and biology. From day one, the university is plagued by a series of pranksmissing markers, loose crickets, and stolen scales. Campus security blames the mysterious janitor Polk, but even though Andi agrees hes acting suspicious, she cant believe the gentle old man would do anything illegal. Then one prank goes too far and their chemistry professor is injured by an explosion in the lab, upping the stakes of the investigation. Andi and Colin must unravel the secrets behind the chemistry department and Polks dark past before danger closes the camp for good."
I found Andi Under Pressure to be a series I would have enjoyed as a young reader. It is a fun, modern, "Nancy Drew-type story/character", but updated for children today. I think young girls will identify with Andi and the struggles and challenges she faces with going to middle school and will enjoy the mystery and how she solves it. I like how the story encourages young girls to investigate and excel in science and the other characters and setting are all believable. I'm also very happy to see how solid messages are woven into the mystery/story - in this case to not judge others on their looks, be kind to others and making wise choices. The Andi Boggs Novels I've read thus far are excellent; I hope to see more in this series!
I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.