Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Andi Under Pressure by Amanda Flower

About the Book:

Twelve-year-old Andora ‘Andi’ Boggs and her new best friend Colin Carter couldn’t be more excited to attend the prestigious science camp at the local university in Killdeer, Ohio. Unfortunately, Discovery Camp’s curriculum appears to include much more than just chemistry and biology.

From day one, the university is plagued by a series of pranks—missing markers, loose crickets, and stolen scales. Campus security blames the mysterious janitor Polk, but even though Andi agrees he’s acting suspicious, she can’t believe the gentle old man would do anything illegal.

Then one prank goes too far and their chemistry professor is injured by an explosion in the lab, upping the stakes of the investigation. Andi and Colin must unravel the secrets behind the chemistry department and Polk’s dark past before danger closes the camp for good.

My Thoughts:

Every once in a while I get very upset with myself.  You see, this is the second book in the "Andi Boggs" series...and I missed the first one!  With no young children in my home, I felt I had lost my justification in buying tween and teen books.

But Amanda Flowers writes high quality fiction for all ages, and her 'juvenile' stories are just as enjoyable as her adult books.  "Andi Under Pressure" had me turning pages until the very end.  I thought since it was for younger readers I'd sample a chapter or two before bed last night.

Two hours later, I'd finished the book.  Yeah, it was that good!  This book has mystery, intrigue, interesting characters and a unique family dynamic.  Andi and her older sister Bethany live with an aunt who isn't used to having children.

And Andi lives next door to Colin, her best friend, who lives with his grandmother because his parents are doctors who are rarely home.  So the family aspect gets interesting, and can have a wide appeal to children who's homes aren't always ideal.

My thanks to my friends at Zondervan Publishing for my copy in exchange for an honest review.  I'm going to hunt down a copy of the first book in this series, and use the excuse that I'm saving the books for my 8-month-old granddaughter!

Highly recommended.

Happy Reading!



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