A Fabulous New Review of Abby & Holly Series Book 1, School Dance!



Sometimes we have days that we need a pick me up. Today I received just the perfect pick me up to make me feel better than I have in the last month. I have been fighting a medical issue. This made me forget all about my problem. I am ecstatic! I can’t thank Olga D’Agostino, the reviewer, enough for her kindness in taking the time to review my book. She made my day – my whole week – my whole month! Yippee!

I was thrilled to receive this spectacular new review of my middle-grade series Book 1, Abby & Holly, School Dance! It brought me to tears when I read it! Thank you, Olga D’Agostino, for this wonderful review and for making my day so special!

Please check it out and see what brought me to tears.

Mrs. D.

5 stars

July 24, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition

Move over, Davey and Derek? Or maybe not… The duo is back, and the girls and boys are taking the world by the horns with another thrilling adventure! The haunted house! The mysterious ghost! The undying friendship! Good life lessons! And no more bullying!

Abby and Holly are cousins. The girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series.

Janice Spina has beautifully blended two separate series in her new book, which is meant to entertain and educate middle grade readers. This time she sent two girls to solve a mystery that was quite intriguing. While trying to be just normal students, team members are dealing with serious issues so common for sixth graders: jealousy, intolerance, and bullying. The story is fun and adventurous, but the author smartly implants very important seeds that touch on problems so familiar for a middle school audience.

In this new book, Abby and Holly team up with their friends Davey and Derek, two shy but very experienced young detectives. The team needs to find out who is sabotaging one of their classmates, Justine, who plans her sixth grade school dance. Fearing that the girl is being bullied, the team members work closely with each other and their friends.

The story is sweet. It flows smoothly, just like other books from this wonderful author, which manages to surprise the young readers with perfectly developed characters and a wise plot. Even if the readers haven’t had the chance to get familiar with the Davey and Derek series, they won’t feel lost or have a hard time connecting the new story to Davey and Derek. And just like me, I hope the girls and boys will jump into the new adventures with a touch of fantasy, mystery, and some stronger feelings like love, forgiveness, and being kind to each other.

“Abby and Holly: School Dance” is one of those books that will make children feel good about themselves. The lessons of friendship and kindness are nicely incorporated into a fun story, which will put a smile on children’s faces. Trouble. Solution. Sweet first love. Friendship. And kindness. All of these qualities are in one book for young readers to enjoy. Yes, Justine is bullied, but she has a strong group of friends behind her, which helps her to overcome the fear of bullies. And with the help of her friends, the bullies may change their attitude too.

I am delighted that this book carries strong messages about the importance of being compassionate, kind, loving and accepting. It teaches teens to remember how they would feel if their places were reversed. Another entertaining and teaching series for middle schoolers by Janice Spina!

* I received this book as a gift from the author and chose to review it without compensation

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read this incredible review. I hope you will check out Abby & Holly School Dance and the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series also to get in on the action, fun adventures, magic, mystery and surprises. All ages have enjoyed these books.

If you have middle-graders pick up a copy and read it with them. You will feel like a kid again as I do when I write them.


Reading is good for your health!

Blessings & Hugs!


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 39 books: 19 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 17+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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11 Responses to A Fabulous New Review of Abby & Holly Series Book 1, School Dance!

  1. bowmanauthor says:

    Sounds intriguing! You have blossomed!

  2. Mae Clair says:

    Congratulations, Janice. That’s a fabulous review!

  3. Congratulations Janice. What a lovely boost to get when you needed it.

  4. Congratulations Janice a super review for a super you xox

  5. macjam47 says:

    Congratulations on this amazing review, Janice. 💖💖💖

  6. Fabulous review, Janice! These are gem moments to celebrate for sure. Cheers to you. 🙂

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