After reading The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis and My God and My All – The Life of Saint Francis of Assisi, I decided the next book I picked to review would be an easy, lighthearted story. After looking over the list of available books, I decided on Andi Unstoppable because it reminded me of Nancy Drew and I’m a big fan of the Nancy Drew series. Plus, the story sounded interesting with the search for a very rare bird – the Kirkland Warbler – and the appearance of the legendary ghost, Dominika Shalley!
Andi Boggs is a young middle-schooler who has a knack for solving mysteries. In Andi Unstoppable she is determined to unravel the mystery surrounding the Shalley ghost and to ace her school assignment of finding the evasive Kirkland Warbler. Along with her friend, Colin, she searches for answers and makes a startling discovery when she uncovers the person who is behind the ghostly deception.
This was my first time reading an Andi Boggs novel. Upon opening the book and reading the list of previously published titles by Amanda Flower, I found that this was the third book in the Andi Boggs series and although there were two previous books written, the author did a wonderful job of introducing the main character along with her family and friends. The author also introduced a few characters that were involved in a previous mystery. Even though I was unfamiliar with the two books before this one, mentioning these secondary characters did not confuse or take away from the story.
Amanda Flower has a new reading fan. I loved the characters she created and the story that developed around them. It was a fast paced story with believable people and I think the preteen reader will be able to relate to Andi and her friends. And once they begin to read about Andi, they will be sucked into the story and read the whole book through since I didn’t experience any slow or boring sections that would discourage them to put this book down.
The only negative I have about the book is the cover. Although it’s bright and gives a slightly creepy feel to the book (with the ghost shadow), I found the description of Andi in the story was not how she was depicted on the cover. On page nine it states that Andi has “curly strawberry blond – AKA pink – hair”, but the picture shows straight blonde hair with no evidence of curls in it or a pink tint. I know it’s a small complaint, but when I read a book I like to refer to the cover as it helps me enter into the world the author has created and when I see a conflict, it kind of bothers me. This is just a side note for those who might do the same thing as I do when reading a book. Of course, this is personal preference and it doesn’t affect the story at all. 🙂
I believe this book would keep the interest of anyone who reads it. For the younger audience, under 9 years, I would suggest this book as a read aloud – it’s a story the reader and the listener will both enjoy! I could also see a teacher reading this to his or her class during quiet time (I fondly remember those days!). Since the story is fast-paced, this book would make a great gift for the non-reader because the story and characters will draw them in.
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