Andi Under Pressure

Thursday, December 4, 2014
The professor picked up the metal striker. A flame caught on the burner. As she moved the test tube over the flame, the burner exploded, and the classroom erupted into screams.

Book: Andi Under Pressure (An Andi Boggs Novel) by Amanda Flower, Zonderkidz, 2014

Genre: Mystery
Target Audience: Girls 10-14
Subjects: Revenge, Death of a loved one, Sibling relationships, Relationship with parents, Friendship
Summary: Science Camp is going to be amazing! Thankfully a student dropped out, making room for Andi to get in at the last minute. She and Colin will get to learn so much… that is if the camp actually happens. Someone seems determined to destroy the camp or the college or a person. Andi and Colin aren’t quite sure what the target is. Valuables have gone missing, the crickets were all let out of their cage and worst of all, chemicals were messed with so that a simple experiment caused a dangerous explosion. Rumor has it the old janitor did it because of his reputation. Andi and Colin are convinced he isn’t the guilty one, but if he isn’t, then who is?
Notes: The second in the Andi Boggs series, Andi Under Pressure continues the story of Andi Boggs, a young girl whose parents were just recently killed and who have moved in with an aunt in another community. In this book Andi has adjusted fairly well to her new situation, having made a friend and gotten focused on hobbies. Her sister has not adjusted well at all – daily attending what Andi called “Camp Lazy”, but Andi doesn’t know how to connect with her angry, hurting sister and their aunt doesn’t seem to know what to do either. A conversation with a friend from back home encourages her sister to stop trying to escape her new situation and find the good in it. The other theme in this book is revenge. Years ago a student snuck into the chemistry lab at night without permission and caused and accident that got him killed. The chemistry professor was blamed for it and the child of that student is now a campus security guard out for revenge. The real culprit is someone who is wanting revenge on someone else on campus and therefore causing the crimes. Andi, not having any bias against anyone, is able to figure out who the culprit is when desire for revenge blinds others from the truth.
The first book in this series had a tiny hint of spiritual content. This one has absolutely none. There is not even a mention of attending church or prayer or God or the Bible, let alone actual spiritual encouragement or challenge. The main characters live a moral life, only doing some lying or sneaking around or disobeying and that appears to be why it is published under the Christian label.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 1/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Romans 12:19 – Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.


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