Even as a kid, I loved detective shows. Whether it was a cartoon (I count Scooby as detective work – even if the villain was always the first person they met) or a TV show about a kid detective, I was all about it. I vividly remember trying to enter a contest for a detective kit from Nickelodeon. You had to call in back then and hope your phone call got picked up. Yep, there I was, sitting on the phone, connected to the wall no less, hitting redial and praying I’d be one of the winners (and also, that no one else needed the phone). Twitter? Psh…for amateurs.
Did I win? Nope. Not that I’m still angry about it NICKELODEON. I mean, I have to know – Why didn’t you answer? WHY??
Anyway, I promise I’m over it ;), so on to other intrigue and all around awesomeness! Such as this fun tale of Andi’s mystery solving adventures in a small town full of secrets of the past!
This new Middle Grade series kicks off with Andi Unexpected by INSPY and Agatha finalist Amanda Flower and was such a treat, that it’s easy to enjoy at my age.
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.
Flower’s witty delivery of a young girl detective dealing with hurt of her own, while solving the town’s great mystery will keep any reader turning the pages with laughs and enjoyment. So if you know of a young kid (ages 9 and up) looking to start testing their mystery-solving skills, I think you need to introduce them to little Miss Andi Boggs and her buddy Colin!
(Thank you Zondervan and DJC Communications for the advanced reader’s copy!)