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.
Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following is a list of concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.
Presence of Death: Andi Unexpected starts on the premise of Andi’s parents having recently died in a plane crash.
Serious Subject Matter: Andi discovers that her great-aunt, Andora, was given to a factory owner and his wife, who lost their own child, during the Great Depression so Andora’s father could keep his factory job and receive an education to provide for his family.
Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.
Consider talking with your child about the history of their own name and the hardships of the Depression.
This story shows how grief is manifested in different ways, but how the two sisters and their guardian bonded together and strengthened one another in their difficult times. I also loved that the mystery was about Andi’s family history and linked to the great depression, both of which are great topics for readers to learn about. I loved following along in their sleuthing and detective efforts to figure out the answer to their mystery. :)