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Andi Unexpected

(Andi Boggs #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  65 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published September 25th 2013 by Zonderkidz (first published September 24th 2013)
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“After the sudden death of their parents in the jungles of Central America, twelve-year-old science geek Andora “Andi” Boggs and her diva teenaged sister, Bethany, move to rural Killdeer, Ohio to live with their eccentric twenty-something aunt. And while the timeworn house has been home to the Boggs family for generations, Andi feels far from at home. Exploring the attic in her grief, she discovers proof of another Andora Boggs in the family tree hidden in a Depression-era
Nov 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, middle-grade
3.5 stars. Andi and her sister move in with their eccentric aunt, Amelie, who lives in an old house that's been in the family forever. Amelie agrees to let Andi have her own bedroom in the attic if she helps clean it out. While sifting through items in the attic, Andi stumbles across a hidden trunk marked with the name "Andora" (Andi's full name). Curious about the relative she was apparently named after, Andi begins asking questions, but no one in town wants to answer - in fact, everyone seems ...more
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, children-s
This clever mystery is perfect for an older child. Andora and her older sister Bethany are living with their aunt, following the sudden death of their parents. Still reeling from all the changes in their lives, Andi and Bethany need and want separate bedrooms, but the only other space is an attic room. They work together to clear out decades of old family stuff, and they find a hidden trunk, concealed in a cubby hole, with the name Andora. Thus begins the mystery. This tale explores the issue of ...more
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 a phone, connected to the wall no less, hitting redial and praying I’d be one of the winners. Twitter? ...more
Beth Gordon
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Good book for when my daughter is a year or two older. Nice mystery about the origin of a trunk labeled with the same name as the main character tied in with the historical context of the Great Depression era. I enjoyed Colin although I felt Andi should have had more of a reaction to him. Andi went along with his Sheldon-like eccentricities without missing a beat, but I felt like a truer character would have a harder time adapting to him.

Toward the end the plot got a little too much like a
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
I like this children's book because it has a mystery on it but not much anything thrilling. It was a light read and an OKAY book to past some time. It tackles about the mystery of a hidden chest in an attic with baby things in it. And the things inside the chest which was like a hundred years hidden have the same name as the main character, so this is where my interest strikes in reading and giving this book a GO!. One more thing I like about this book is that it involves the history of the ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Have you ever dreamed of finding something in your closet? Something valuable or linking to your past? In this book, the main character, Andi, finds a suitcase in a hidden door in her aunt's attic. The suitcase has her name on it but holds the belongings of a long dead relative that no one seems to know about. Andi wants to find out who the suitcase belongs to but for some reason so does a creepy university professor who works with her aunt. This is a realistic mystery that also has interesting ...more
Madison Cullitan
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Genre: Mystery
Grade Level: 4th-8th grade
Unique Feature: This is a mystery book about two sibling, but the interesting part is that they are investigating a family member. This can capture the readers because they may have different questions about their family and may be able to relate to the characters in some way.
Reynolds Darke
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
An okay kids mystery story about recently orphaned Andora Boggs researching her family history.
Julie Graves
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
Andora "Andi" Boggs and her older sister Bethany have come to live with their Aunt after the death of their parents. Both girls are still going through the grieving process and Bethany is less than happy that she and Andi are sharing a room. When Andi finds out that her father's room used to be the attic she asks her Aunt if she can move up there. The neighbor boy, Colin, comes to help Andi clean out the attic. When they discover a hidden trunk with Andora's name on it they find themselves in ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-be-read
Andi Boggs and her sister lost both parents in a plane crash, so the girls were moved to Killdeer, Ohio to live with their Aunt Amelie in the home that had been in their family for generations. Amelie's neighbor had a peculiar reaction upon discovering Andi's formal name is Andora, but she quickly covered up her reaction with an explanation about something she had eaten. Her grandson Colin is Andi's age, and the two curious youngsters discover they have a lot in common. Aunt Amelie had suggested ...more
DelAnne Frazee
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Andi Unexpected -Andi Boggs Book 1
Author: Amanda Flower
Published: 9-24-2-13
Publisher: Zonderkidz-Books
Pages: 224
Genre: Children's Fiction
Sub Genre: Mstery, Christian; Homeschooling
ISBN: 9780310737018
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Rating: 5 Stars

Andi Boggs, a science aficionado and her sister Bethany, an artist have come to live with their Aunt Amelie in their ancestral home in Killdeer, Ohio following the deaths of their parents death in a plane
Liz Terek
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Flower brings us a great new character set to star in a series. Andi Boggs appears in her first Andi Boggs novel, ‘Andi Unexpected’.
Andora ‘Andi’ Boggs & her sister, Bethany, have become orphans after their parents’ plane crash. Sent to live with flighty Aunt Amelie, the girls are uprooted from everything they’ve known. Bethany is angry at the world & immerses herself in art. On the other hand, Andi looks for a distraction. Once Amelie allows her to redo the attic into her own
ACS Book-finder
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
“Andi Unexpected” is targeted toward middle school and higher readers. It is one of the best books I have read in quite some time. It is quick paced and I read it in one day. Amanda Flower has written a wonderful story of mystery, friendship, and how people deal with grief differently.

Andi and her sister have to move in with their aunt Amelie because their parents have died while on a science mission in the jungles of Central America. The house where their aunt now lives used to belong to Andi’s
Kate (The Shelf Life)
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Andi Unexpected lived up to it's name, in a good way. I was expecting a fun kids adventure, but I got so much more. Andora "Andi" Boggs is a girl who has had her whole life turned upside down. She has lost her parents and her home. Everything that a child thrives on is gone. She and her older sister Bethany and relocated to Killdeer, Ohio, to their grandparents old house, that their aunt now lives in. Her sister is on the war path and Andi seems to always be in her sight for attack. Andi meets ...more
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015, mystery
"Andora's mystery helped me gain a sense of control over my life - something I hadn't felt since my parents died."

After the death of their parents, Andora (Andi) and Bethany go to live with their Aunt Amelie. Andi can't help but notice the strange reaction from people when she tells them her name is Andora. She finds out that there was another Andora who lived in the town, but no one seems to want to talk about her. There's "something about this Andora that the town wants to hide." To deepen the
Gayle Pace
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it

This story is a good mystery for the young and the young at heart. The mystery of the story will keep anyone intrigued and interested enough to keep reading.The parents of Andora "Andi" Boggs and sister Bethany have died in a plane crash.

Their Aunt Amelie takes them in. Normal sister spats start. Bethany doesn't want to be in the same space as Andi and she is livid that her texting has been cut down. Andi goes about finding something to do in this new place. She does and what she finds is
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg, 2013
Andi has recently lost her busy and vital scientist parents. She and her older sister Bethany suddenly find themselves living with their eccentric aunt after some time spent with a well-meaning neighbor who stifles them both. Andi is glad to be living with comfortable Aunt Amelie, who’s always been a favorite relative. Of course Andi misses Mom and Dad; she’s quietly hurting inside. She’s pretty sure that Bethany was always their favorite; she had so wanted to impress both of them with her own ...more
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this mystery. While normally I find it hard to believe that something is going to be found in an attic, this is an attic that has been used for a bedroom and obviously used before - the only fault I found was pulling down the steps to gain access - doesn't seem like the safest way for everyone in the house (nitpicking).
Andi and Bethany (her older sister) lose their parents and come to stay with their aunt in Ohio and they cannot stand sharing a room together. So her aunt tells Andi if
Medeia Sharif
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Andora “Andi” Boggs and her sister Bethany have suffered a tragedy. Both of their parents died in a plane crash and they’re sent to live with their Aunt Amelie. Bethany cops an attitude since her cell phone texts have been limited and she doesn’t want to share a space with Andi. In this new environment, Andi finds something to occupy her time. She discovers something mysterious that’s a link to the past.

The mysterious thing is a trunk hidden in the attic wall that provides proof that another
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
This was such a cute book! I really enjoyed Andi Unexpected. It was a light-hearted, clean read with a mystery element. I finished the book with a smile on my face, and I'm smiling now as I write my review.

I don't usually read much middle grade fiction, but when I do I always seem to enjoy it. It sometimes feels just too young for me, but Andi Unexpected was so enjoyable and Andi's character so fun, that I was drawn in to the story and had a great time reading it.

Andi and her new neighbor
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
Review on Amazon:
Review on my blog (to be posted 8/11):

Andi Unexpected was a fun, easy read - one I think young readers will love! I loved the whole mystery aspect of who was the other Andora Boggs and why do some people freak out when they hear her name.

I liked the characters - they were fun! Things Bethany said seemed so typical for a teenage girl. The story had a Nancy Drew feel to it - which I enjoyed, since I
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Andi and her sister Bethany have to move in with their aunt Amelia after their parents die in a plane crash. The grieving sisters are forced to leave their home and friends and everything they know. Aunt Amelia lives in the home she grew up in in rural Ohio. Andi and Bethany are forced to share a room until Andi starts cleaning out the attic. She discovers a mysterious trunk with things that belonged to another Andora Boggs. Andi and her friend Colin start investigating Andora to discover why ...more
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Andi Unexpected, written by Amanda Flower, is the first in a new middle-grade mystery series. In Andi Unexpected, twelve-year-old Andi Boggs, discovers evidence of her forgotten namesake, a missing relative, which leads her into a family mystery rooted in the Great Depression. 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 ...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
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
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
FLOWER, Amanda. Andi Unexpected. 218p. ZonderKids. September 2013. ISBN:978-0-310-73701-8. $10.99. F.

Gr 4-6
12 yo science loving, Andora ‘Andi’ Boggs and her artistic older sister Bethany are still reeling from the death of their parents in a terrible plane crash. They are sent to live with their aunt in rural Ohio in the family’s ancestral, albeit small, home. When Andi finds a mysterious antique box full of a baby’s memorabilia in the attic with her own name on it, she and her new friend Colin
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it
"Andi Unexpected"

"Andi Unexpected" is written by Amanda Flower, and published by ZonderKidz on September 24, 2013.

After their scientist parents die in a plane crash, grieving Andora (Andi for short) and her teenage sister Bethany move to the small town Killdeer in Ohio in the middle of the summer to live with their energetic Aunt Amelie in her old house. Andi meets Colin, the neighbor boy, and immediately befriends him. Andi is devastated when she and her rude sister have to share a bedroom.
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews

This is not my usual genre...

I guess that should be pretty obvious… since it’s not only an young adult (YA) novel, but specifically for ages 8-12. Opening the book, I promptly “put myself” in the place of my grandchildren, and began reading…

The writing style, in my opinion, is just right… intelligent, interesting, exciting… and it’s written from the perspective of a twelve-year old. I am sure my grandchildren will love reading the series!

Amanda Flower does a superb job with these characters…
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it

Andi Boggs and her sister, Bethany, go to live with their young, eccentric aunt after the loss of their parents. What follows turns out to be a mystery about another lost family member with the same name as Andi (Andora), from the past, whom no one seems to know about, or wants to talk about. With the help of neighbor, and her new friend, Colin, the two youths are off on a “seek and find” adventure after finding a trunk from the Depression-era hidden in the wall of the attic in Andi’s new home.
Oct 01, 2013 added it

What do you do when you discover a lost relative sharing your namesake? If you are Andora or Andi as she prefers to be called you might just have to find out how is this mysterious relative. It turns out to be just what Andi and her sister Bethany needed as they are trying to put their lives back together after their parents die. After moving to small Killdeer with their aunt Amelie, the sisters are trying to figure how things are going to work for them. Andi meets Colin an odd neighbor kid that
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Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. In addition to being an author, ...more

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