Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower

Amanda Flower's juvenile mystery Andi Unexpected (An Andi Boggs Novel) | reviewed by @SheilaRCraigAndi UnexpectedAmanda Flower's juvenile mystery Andi Unexpected (An Andi Boggs Novel) | reviewed by @SheilaRCraig by Amanda Flower

Mysteries and children’s literature are some of my favorite books to read, but I have never liked mysteries written for children (at least, I haven’t liked any as an adult. I was a huge fan of Encyclopedia BrownEncyclopedia Brown back in the day.)

That makes it that much sweeter that while this mystery may have a target audience of older elementary or middle school readers, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Andi is an appealing main character, the pacing is well done, and the mystery is probably just right for the intended readers.

One of the best parts of the book is that it seems to be setting itself up to be a series. I think it could be a really enjoyable one – I’d love to read more about Andi, Colin, and Bethany.

I do have some cautions about simply handing the book off to younger, precocious readers. Andi and her sister are newly orphaned, and the details that accompany the Depression-era story line might be upsetting to some. Be prepared to discuss some of the topics from the book. It’s all handled very well, and assuming the reader has had any exposure to the history of the time these topics shouldn’t be surprising.


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Publisher’s Description:
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.

Book Details

Title: Andi UnexpectedAmanda Flower's juvenile mystery Andi Unexpected (Andi Boggs Novel, An) | reviewed by @SheilaRCraig
Author: Amanda Flower
Length: 224 pages
Release Date: 2013
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Category: Juvenile Fiction
My Rating: 4 Stars

Disclosure: I received a pre-release copy of the book from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting The Deliberate Reader!


  1. I always loved the Encyclopedia Brown books! 🙂

  2. I am also a big Encyclopedia Brown fan.

  3. Aaah! Encyclopedia Brown was my favorite! I still think of some of those mysteries–a lot of them were little riddles. And his friend, what was her name, Sally? Who beat up all the boys? Such a fun character. At least when I was six or seven. No idea how those books hold up to adult reading.

    This Andi book sounds interesting, too.


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