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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Andi Under Pressure by Amanda Flower

Andi Under Pressure
ISBN: 9780310737025
Publisher Synopsis:
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.

MrsK's Review
An exploding lab... ok, that got my attention! Have you ever attended a summer camp? Would you consider attending a summer camp on a University campus and it would be all about science? Summer time is usually spent having fun, swimming, BBQ's, goofing around with friends and staying up late. Right?

Well Andi is not doing most of those things. She has just moved in with her Aunt Amelia, who by the way has enrolled her in a summer science camp for the "best and brightest" young minds. Not only is Andi trying to re-adjust since her parents death, at camp she has many questioning why she was allowed into the camp once the deadline had passed.

There are so many delightful characters at camp. Of course there is Andi who is very intelligent, quick witted, and quite inquisitive... questioning everything. She thinks "outside of the box," and wonders about everyone. Colin is her new neighbor, he lives with his grandmother and will be a loyal friend and co-conspirator. Dylan is a sophomore chemistry major who is a camp counselor with just enough insight to be keeping an eye on both Andi and Colin. Then there is Ava, who is resentful and rather snooty towards all things concerning Andi.

Now consider the many "mysterious" happenings within the science labs. Andi is sure that all of the missing items are some type of prank, which by the way, includes letting lab animals loose. The chaos ramps up with a science experiment exploding.  How is the campus grounds keeper involved.  Polk is a bit odd... but would he really create an explosion in the science lab?

This mystery quickly unfolds, the settings are perfected with interesting details that will keep you guessing. The characters are a delight, very personal, and not quickly forgotten.  The premise of a middle school science camp is an excellent non-traditional setting that will inspire many readers who are "science-minded."  With so many alluring science-fiction story lines, it is refreshing to have a mystery trail that leads into a lab setting.  

This is not the first Andi Boggs novel, I can't wait to read more of her adventures as she continues her scientific inquiries,
Enjoy your discoveries...
Quick, fun, and very inviting... you will want to read more Andi stories!
Meet the Author:
Isabella Alan  an Agatha-nominated 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. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. She also writes mysteries as Isabella Alan.

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