After the sudden death of their parents in the jungles of Central America, twelve-year-old science geek Andora “Andi” Boggs and her diva teenaged sister, Bethany, move to rural Killdeer, Ohio to live with their eccentric twenty-something aunt. And while the timeworn house has been home to the Boggs family for generations, Andi feels far from at home. Exploring the attic in her grief, she discovers proof of another Andora Boggs in the family tree hidden in a Depression-era trunk. Despite the meddling of the citizens of Killdeer, Andi and her new friend, Colin Carter, are determined to find out who this first Andora was, how she vanished, and why no one in town wants to talk about her. As more and more unanswered questions pile up, Andi and Colin must decide who they can trust with their secrets and who is interested in Andora’s story for the wrong reasons.
Adult mystery author Flower (the Appleseed Creek series) makes her middle-grade debut with this first book in the Andi Boggs series about a generations-old secret that become a stabilizing focus for two grieving sisters. When their parents die in a plane crash, 12-year-old Andi and her teenage sister, Bethany, come to live with their free-spirited aunt in a small Ohio college town. While settling into her new home and exploring the attic, Andi happens upon a long-hidden box containing mementos of a namesake ancestor, Andora Boggs. Her new friend and neighbor Colin enthusiastically joins Andi's search for more information about who Andora really was, and what she meant not only to the Boggs family but also to the entire town. Flower creates a cast of memorable characters and a colorful, historically detailed setting. Though a somewhat sinister foe threatens to derail Andi's investigation, she proves a resourceful sleuth. Throughout, the realistic but warm rapport between the sisters and their aunt is the tent pole for a story about starting anew while remembering the past. Ages 8-11.