2013 Agatha Award Nominee for Best Children's/YA Novel
Gr 4–6—Twelve-year-old science-loving Andi Boggs and her artistic older sister, Bethany, are still reeling from the death of their parents. They are sent to live with an aunt in rural Ohio in the family's ancestral home. When Andi finds a mysterious box full of baby trinkets and memorabilia of another Andora Boggs from the 1930s, Andi and her new friend Colin are determined to find out who baby Andora was and what happened to her. As they look for clues in the town's museum, the sleuths discover that they are not the only ones on the case; townsfolk may be covering up the real story. Are their reasons sentimental or sinister? Action-packed with appealing characters and great plot twists, the book is a solid mystery series opener. Andi is sure to please kids with her earnest likability and determined constitution. Give this one to kids ready to move on from Jane O'Connor's "Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth" books (HarperCollins).—Terry Ann Lawler, Burton Barr Library, Phoenix, AZ
"A fun little detective story with some simple life lessons."- Kirkus Reviews"In the upstanding tradition of Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy, Andi is spunky and unafraid to take risks, though she draws the line when Colin's life is threatened. Flower, an accomplished adult mystery author, offers here her first work for children, but not her last--sequels are on the way." -Booklist"Throughout, the realistic but warm rapport between the sisters and their aunt is the tent pole for a story about starting anew while remembering the past." -Publishers Weekly"Action-packed with appealing characters and great plot twists, the book is a solid mystery series opener. Andi is sure to please kids with her earnest likability and determined constitution. Give this one to kids ready to move on from Jane O'Connor's 'Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth' books"- School Library Journal
The first in a new middle-grade mystery series, in Andi Unexpected, twelve-year-old Andi Boggs, discovers evidence of her forgotten namesake, a missing relative, which leads her into a family mystery rooted in the Great Depression.
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.
About the Author
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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