I’m heading to the Malice Domestic Convention, and I cannot wait to get there to see old and new friends and to meet readers. I love my readers!
I’m still pinching myself that Andi Under Pressure was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA mystery. It’s my third nomination and second for the children’s/YA category. The winner will be announced at the Agatha Banquet on Saturday (5/2/15).
If you see me at the convention, stop me to say “hello.” I will be in the hotel all weekend. Please don’t be afraid to stop me, but you can also see me at these times and places:
Friday, May 1 @ 5pm : Opening Ceremonies
Friday, May 1 @ 9:15pm: Welcome Reception. Since it is co-hosted by Midnight Ink, the publisher of The Final Reveille, Midnight Ink will be giving away signed copies of the novel at the reception!!
Saturday, May 2 @ 9am: My panel, Kids Love A Mystery: Our Agatha Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel Nominees, along with my fellow nominees.
Saturday, May 2 @ 11am: Signing in the Atrium
Saturday, May 2 @ 7pm: Agatha Awards Banquet. I will be hosting a table, and we will find out if Andi it the winner!
I hope to see you there! Oh and be on the lookout for Dead Fred photos at the convention on my Facebook Page.
I’m so thrilled and delighted to share that my middle grade mystery, Andi Under Pressure, has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA Novel. The Agathas are awards that honor the best in traditional mystery. It’s a great honor! My very first novel, Maid of Murder, was nominated for Best First Novel in 2010, and Andi Unexpected, my first middle grade mystery, was nominated last year for Best Children’s/YA Novel.
I’m so grateful for the Malice Domestic Convention that hosts the awards. They have been so kind to me over the years, and it’s my favorite book convention, hands down. I’m also thankful for my publisher Zonderkidz, my super agent Nicole Resciniti. The winners will be announced on May 2, 2015 during the Malice Domestic Convention.
To celebrate the nomination, I am revealing the cover for Andi #3, Andi Unstoppable. It will release from Zonderkidz on October 6, 2015! I’m so excited about Andi’s next adventure. It might be my favorite in the series. And here’s the cover….
Andi Boggs and her best friend Colin Carter are at it again … in this third book of the Andi Boggs series, Andi Unstoppable, school has begun for the two Killdeer middle schoolers and the science teacher has a great idea! He is an expert birder and wants his class to share in the fun. In a birding group with Colin and her biggest school rival, Ava, Andi sets out to be the first student in class to spot the elusive Kirtland’s warbler but ends up spotting the town’s resident ghost instead!
Together with her friends, Andi takes on another small town mystery—is the legend of the ghost of Dominika Shalley more than just a story? And does her sudden appearance have anything to do with the holes the friends find in the Shalley graveyard as they look for the rare bird?
Isn’t the cover awesome? I can’t wait for you and the kids in your life to read it!
Here’s a full list of the Agatha Nominees! Congrats to all!
Best Contemporary Novel:
The Good, The Bad and The Emus by Donna Andrews
A Demon Summer by G.M. Malliet
Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron
Best Historical Novel:
Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd
An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd
Wouldn’t it Be Deadly by D.E. Ireland
Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen
Murder in Murray Hill by Victoria Thompson
Best First Novel:
Circle of Influence by Annette Dashofy
Tagged for Death by Sherry Harris
Finding Sky by Susan O’Brien
Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran
Murder Strikes a Pose by Tracy Weber
400 Things Cops Know: Street Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman by Adam Plantinga
Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer’s Journey by Hank Phillippi Ryan, Editor
Death Dealer: How Cops and Cadaver Dogs Brought a Killer to Justice by Kate Flora
The Art of the English Murder by Lucy Worsley
The Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Victorian England’s Most Notorious Doctor by Stephen Bates
Best Short Story:
“The Odds are Against Us” by Art Taylor, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2014
“Premonition” by Art Taylor, Chesapeake Crimes Homicidal Holidays
“The Shadow Knows” by Barb Goffman, Chesapeake Crimes Homicidal Holidays
“Just Desserts for Johnny” by Edith Maxwell
“The Blessing Witch” by Kathy Lynn Emerson, Best New England Crime Stories 2015: Rogue Wave
Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel:
Andi Under Pressure by Amanda Flower
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Uncertain Glory by Lea Wait
The Code Buster’s Club, Case #4: The Mummy’s Curse by Penny Warner
Found by Harlen Coben
The cover of my second children’s mystery is here! I’m so excited to reveal the cover of Andi Under Pressure. This is the sequel to Andi Unexpected, which was a 2013 Agatha Award nominee for Best Children’s/YA Novel. In book two, Andi and Colin are back solving the mysteries of Killdeer, Ohio’s checkered past. There might be a slight explosion in this one! Very special thanks to my friend chemistry professor, Dr. Sarah Preston, who helped me with the science behind the story.
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.
Andi Under Pressure releases on October 7, 2014 and is available for preorder now.
Amazon | B&N | CBD
AND HERE’S THE COVER!
Someone is up to no good in the chemistry lab!
Praise for the series
Andi Unexpected 2013 Agatha Award Nominee
“In the upstanding tradition of Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy, Andi is spunky and unafraid to take risks” – Booklist
“A fun little detective story with some simple life lessons.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Flower creates a cast of memorable characters and a colorful, historically detailed setting.” – Publishers Weekly
I’m packing for the Malice Domestic Convention, and I cannot wait to get there to see old and new friends and to meet readers. I love my readers!
I’m still pinching myself that Andi Unexpected was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA mystery. It’s my second nomination and first for the children’s/YA category. The winner will be announced at the Agatha Banquet on Saturday (5/3/14).
If you see me at the convention, stop me to say “hello.” I’ll be in the hotel all weekend, but you can also find me at my panel, Kids Love A Mystery: Our Agatha Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel Nominees, along with my fellow nominees: Joelle Charbonneau, Kathleen Ernst, and Penny Warner on Saturday (5/3) at 9am with a signing right afterward. Leslie Blatt is moderating what promises to be a fun panel about kids and mystery.
I hope to see you there! Oh and be on the lookout for Dead Fred photos at the convention on my Facebook Page.
Mister Tumnus thinks he’s coming too!
I’m so thrilled and delighted to share that my middle grade mystery, Andi Unexpected, has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA Novel. The Agathas are awards that honor the best in traditional mystery. It’s a great honor! My very first novel, Maid of Murder, was nominated for Best First Novel in 2010. That event changed the course of my writing career, so I know how monumental being nominated is. I’m so grateful for the Malice Domestic Convention that hosts the awards. I’m also thankful for my wonderful publisher Zonderkidz, my agent Nicole Resciniti, and my editor Kim Childress. The winners will be announced on May 3, 2014 during the Malice Domestic Convention.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
Best Historical Novel
Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
Death in the Time of Ice by Kaye George (Untreed Reads Publishing)
A Friendly Game of Murder by JJ Murphy (Signet)
Murder in Chelsea by Victoria Thompson (Berkley Prime Crime)
A Question of Honor by Charles Todd (William Morrow)
Best Children’s/YA Nominations
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (HMH Books for Young Readers)
Traitor in the Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery by Kathleen Ernst (American Girl Mysteries)
Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower (Zonderkidz)
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (Random House Books)
Code Busters Club: Mystery of the Pirate’s Treasure by Penny Warner (Edgmont USA)
Best Contemporary Novel
Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur Books)
Pagan Spring by G.M. Malliet (Minotaur Books)
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Clammed Up by Barbara Ross (Kensington Books)
The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge Books)
Georgette Heyer by Jennifer Kloester (Source Books Inc.)
Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova (Viking Penguin)
Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea: An Interesting & Entertaining History of Malice Domestic’s First 25 Years by Verena Rose and Rita Owen (editors) (Wildside Press)
The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur Books)
Best First Novel
Death Al Dente by Leslie Budewitz (Berkley Prime Crime)
You Cannoli Die Once by Shelley Costa (Pocket Books)
Board Stiff by Kendel Lynn (Henery Press)
Kneading to Die by Liz Mugavero (Kensington)
Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker (Henery Press)
Best Short Story
“Evil Little Girl” in Don’t Get Mad, Get Even by Barb Goffman (Wildside Press)
“Nightmare” in Don’t Get Mad, Get Even by Barb Goffman (Wildside Press)
“The Hindi Houdini” in Fish Nets by Gigi Pandian (Wildside Press)
“Bread Baby” in Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold by Barbara Ross (Level Best Books)
“The Care and Feeding of House Plants” by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
It’s my birthday this week, and to celebrate, I’m giving away copies of my mystery novels written under my own name and my pen name Isabella Alan!!
There will be three winners. Winners can choose one novel from the following:
To Enter CLICK HERE to visit the GIVEAWAY page on my website.
Giveaway is limited to U.S. and Canadian residents only.
An orphan starting a new life.
A hidden trunk.
And a forgotten namesake. . .
Twelve-year-old Andora “Andi” Boggs and her sister Bethany move to rural Ohio to live with their eccentric aunt after the sudden death of their parents. While dealing with her grief, Andi discovers proof of another Andora Boggs hidden in a Depression-era trunk. No one remembers this Andora. Andi, with the help of her new friend Colin Carter, is determined to find out who Andora was and what happened to her.
I’m so thrilled Andi Unexpected is now available to readers through bookstores, online, and libraries! For ereaders, the Kindle edition is currently selling for $3.49!
Educators can find classroom helps for the novel through my website’s “For Teachers/Librarians” Page. There I share resources about the Great Depression in the United States and Ohio. (Please note the Library of Congress links are currently down because of federal government shutdown.)
I couldn’t be happier with the activity Zonderkidz created to supplement the mystery. Since the mystery is a study of one family’s history, the activity is a family tree that children (and adults) can do.
Check it out at the links below!
Zondervan’s Andi Unexpected Page
Family Tree Activity
(printout activity to share with your students)
Zonderkidz was generous enough to give me a good supply of this family trees already printed. Teachers and Librarians, who would like some copies for their students, can email me at email@example.com to request some copies while supplies last. All I need is the number of copies and the school’s or library’s address. Please include FAMILY TREE in the subject line of the email.
Order from Amazon.com, B&N, CBD, Zondervan
a mystery for children ages 8-12