"Andi Under Pressure" by Amanda Flower, is a great mystery novel for kids, based on cute, realistic characters and an intriguing plot. Twelve-year-old Andi Boggs and her friend Colin are thrilled to be attending a prestigious science camp at a university in Kildeer, Ohio. But from day one, the camp is plagued with a series of pranks which slowly escalate to the point of being dangerous. Andi and Colin, being extremely curious and fairly fearless, decide to put their investigative prowess to good use, and in true Nancy Drew-esque fashion, they get themselves into pickles and seemingly impossible situations pretty often.
I would recommend this book to anybody who has kids who enjoy a good mystery novel. The plot is interesting and draws the reader in right away. (I read the whole thing on a 3 hour flight this past weekend). The characters have good hearts and positive goals and the book is clean and safe for young readers. Lessons about integrity and honesty are sprinkled throughout the story but they are underlying themes more than overt lessons. In addition to the mystery, there are good moments of both humor and drama, creating a very well rounded reading experience for any kid. This was my first Amanda Flower book and I would definitely be eager to read more of her work.
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