2013 Agatha Award Nominee
Best Children's/YA Mystery
An orphan starting a new life.
A hidden trunk.
And a forgotten namesake..
Andora “Andi” Boggs and her sister Bethany move to rural Ohio to live
with their eccentric aunt after the sudden death of their parents. While
dealing with her grief, Andi discovers proof of another Andora Boggs
hidden in a Depression-era trunk. No one remembers this Andora. Andi,
with the help of her new friend Colin Carter, is determined to find out
who Andora was and what happened to her.
"I really loved 'Andi Unexpected' and I recommend it to anybody who’s in the mood for a leave-me-alone-I-want-to-finish-this-book type book. I really hope it’s a series so I get to find out what happens to Andi in the future. I have a feeling Colin and Andi aren’t just going to turn out to be the sit-still-at-home type of people."
-Emma, 10-year-old reviewer
"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."
-School Library Journal
"Amanda Flower's witty and intriguing delivery of a young detective trying to uncover the town's greatest mystery will keep you entertained and wanting more. The suspense will bring you on your toes, while the characters will leave you smiling. There is a cool touch of history thrown into the book as well, adding another useful element to this read."
-Girls Life Magazine
"Flower weaves in some history and also shines a light on the emotional difficulties the two recently orphaned girls experience... Characterizations... stand out as nicely individualistic... Some life-threatening suspense highlights the book’s climax, and a small smattering of religion keeps the story appropriate for a Christian audience. 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
"Flower creates a cast of memorable characters and a colorful,
historically detailed setting. Though a somewhat sinister foe threatens
to derail Andi's investigation, she proves a resourceful sleuth.
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