Mystery Series for MG/PT/YA Girls and Boys – Abby & Holly Series, Book 1!

This is my newest series for both girls and boys, Abby & Holly, School Dance. These two characters, Abby & Holly, were first introduced in Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. If you would like to begin reading that book you can get a better feel for the series. But these books are all stand alone books. I put in an introduction in all the books to help the readers understand the story lines.

This book won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award! It is enjoyed also by adults who have raved about it and have passed the book to their children and grandchildren to enjoy.

At one of my book signings a year or so ago a young woman asked me to write a series for girls similar to my Davey & Derek Series. This is how Abby & Holly came to be. I so thoroughly enjoy writing for middle-graders, preteens and young adults that I continue writing this series with great pleasure. There is a book 2 that I will feature next in another post and more books coming. I am working currently on Book 3 and will begin Book 4 next month.

I hope your MG/PT/YA will enjoy this series and learn valuable life lessons while having fun with mysteries, ghosts, and adventures along with Abby & Holly and friends.

Writing for this age group and genre makes me feel like a kid again. I introduce tough subjects for kids but do so in a kind and gentle way explaining with life lessons. I want children of all ages to learn about things that happen to families and how to deal with them, how family and friends matter and that love and support of family and friends is what keeps us strong. This book deals with bullying and how the characters dealt with this problem.


This is Book 1 of a series of Abby & Holly books. These two girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.
The girls are first cousins on their mothers’ side. They moved to the quiet town of Lindon, New Hampshire and live in a grand old Victorian which is haunted. 
The cousins are excited about attending the 6th grade dance. When their friend, Justine, is bullied, Abby and Holly, along with the help of a ghost and Davey & Derek, work together to formalize a plan to put a stop to the bullying.

Here are some reviews from Amazon:

Michelle Clements James
5.0 out of 5 starsLoved the anti-bullying message.July 8, 2018Format: Kindle EditionI have long been a fan of Janice Spina’s young children’s books and her middle-grade Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series. I was excited to read the first book in her Abby and Holly series for middle-grade girls, and I was not disappointed.
Abby and Holly are the cousins we met in The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 5) who helped Davey and Derek solve a case involving a ghost that was residing in Abby’s house. Now they are back seeking the help of their friends Davey and Derek in solving a case of a girl jealously sabotaging another classmate’s chance to go to the 6th-grade dance and plans to do even worse.
The story flows well, and the characters are developed nicely so anyone who hasn’t read any of the Davey and Derek series will have no trouble jumping in with book one of this series. Girls are going to love this series — a touch of puppy love, fantasy, and a mystery to solve all in one book. The lessons of forgiving and forgetting and being kind are well documented in the story, an important reminder for everyone. This is another 5-star book from Janice Spina.

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsSay hello to the Abby and Holly series!July 24, 2018Format: Kindle EditionMove 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.

Reviewed by children’s author Mrs.D

5.0 out of 5 stars
The First in A Wonderful New SeriesJuly 9, 2018Format: Kindle EditionThe prolific author, Jancie Spina, who introduced the lovely duo, Abby & Holly, in the fifth installment of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, has given their friends, first cousins Abby & Holly, their own adventure.

In the first book of what will no doubt be another entertaining series for middle schoolers, Abby & Holly are excited to attend the 6th-grade dance. But not everyone is happy at school. Abby & Holly discover that their friend Justine is being bullied. The two girls, helped by their sixth-grade dance partners (no other than Derek & Davey), and the girls’ resident ghost, come up with a plan to protect Justine and bring bullying to a stop.

John Spina, as he is known to do for all of Mrs. Spina’s creations, enhanced the book with a lovely cover and wonderful illustrations.

Reader Mom5.0 out of 5 starsFun Series StarterMarch 13, 2019Format: Kindle EditionThis clean, wholesome book is a fun starter to a series about two 6th grade cousins that should appeal to both girls and boys. The book features cousins, Abby and Holly, and the dates to their first dance, twins, Derek and Davey Donato, who have their own series for young readers. I thought the “twin telepathy” elements were a nice touch and enjoyed the messages on friendship and anti-bullying that the book portrayed.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out this series and my other series and many of my 24 books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you love my books I would be thrilled to receive a review wherever you purchased my books. Your reviews help indie authors to soar up the charts and become viable authors to Amazon. There are millions of books out there and we are like grains of sand. Please help us to rise above some of the rocks and boulders that stand in our way.

Thank you again for your support and for all the lovely reviews! Reviews are like gifts of comfy blankets to me that wrap me in their warmth and make my heart soar with joy.


Blessings & Hugs!


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 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 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, 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 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel 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 a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, 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 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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8 Responses to Mystery Series for MG/PT/YA Girls and Boys – Abby & Holly Series, Book 1!

  1. Congratulations on these great reviews, Janice. You are writing up a storm.

  2. Jennie says:

    Terrific reviews, Janice.

  3. Kudos on these awesome reviews, Janice! ❤ Sharing…

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