Andi Unexpected (an Andi Boggs Novel) by Amanda Flower
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Series: An Andi Boggs Novel
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (September 25, 2013)
Source: Publisher for review
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
2013 Agatha Award Nominee for Best Children’s/YA Novel
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.
Another good middle grade mystery novel! Andi and her sister, Bethany,
move in with their eccentric aunt after the deaths of their parents. Andi and
her new neighbor, Colin, become friends when they are thrown together and find a forgotten cubby hidden in the attic. The cubby contains some old stuff – and a mystery surrounding Andi’s ancestors. One that nobody wants to talk about.
Andi and Colin are intelligent and adventurous kids that will go to any
lengths to solve the puzzle of Andi’s family history. They get into
their fair share of trouble, but they are honest and up front with their
family members. I liked that about them. The middle of the book lags a
bit, but really picks up in the second half. Clues start rolling in
and things start happening at a faster pace.
While the bad guy is made obvious from the start, there are some
surprises along the way. There are some twists that I didn’t see coming,
and which kids will enjoy. All the minor characters added to the
atmosphere of the book and gave extra personality to the pages. This is a great book for middle grade readers.