Book 2 Mystery Series for Girls and Boys – Abby & Holly Series!

This is Book 2 of Abby & Holly Series, Unfortunate Events. All my series books for MG/PT/YA are stand along books that can be read in any order but I recommend reading them in order. The characters do grow in character development and age.

I enjoy writing in this genre and age group. It makes me feel like a kid again. Who doesn’t want to feel young again even if it is only for a short time while I create these stories. It’s important to me that children of all ages read and read daily. It doesn’t matter what they read, history, science, comic books, novels, magazines as long as they read as often as they can.

Abby & Holly Book 2 won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in 2019! The cover and illustrations of all my MG/PT/YA books are done by my talented illustrator husband, John. Kudos to him for the great job he always does!


Abby and Holly are cousins who are more like sisters. They enjoy doing everything together. Holly lives with Abby and her family in a haunted Victorian. Holly must deal with some difficult decisions in her family when unexpected and unfortunate events come to pass.

Abby is there to lend support to Holly along with two ghostly apparitions, Felicity and Minerva, who live in Abby’s house. These specters provide some magical and helpful advice along the way as they watch over Holly during this difficult time.

The girls’ friends, twins Davey and Derek Donato, from their own series, pop in to support Holly and bring some fun and comical relief to the story.

Here are some reviews on Amazon:

Michelle Clements James
5.0 out of 5 starsA Stellar Book With Important LessonsOctober 20, 2018Format: Kindle EditionI am so excited about the Abby and Holly Series for girls, but it could be equally enjoyed by boys. In Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events, Abby’s cousin, Holly, is faced with some difficult issues. While her parents are away on overseas jobs, Holly is living with Abby. Things go downhill when her parents return for a visit and her mother becomes ill. Throughout this trying time, Holly has a tremendous amount of support from Abby, her Aunt Jane and Uncle Bob, and two ghosts who live in Abby’s house, Felicity and Minerva. Of course, their friends Davey and Derek are there to help, too.
As with all of Spina’s children’s books, Unfortunate Events teaches life lessons such as respect, kindness toward others, and the importance of being polite. This book concentrates on handling the unexpected and overcoming life’s disappointments. The unexpected was Holly’s mother’s illness and hospital stay. With the love of her extended family, Holly was able to cope with her worry for her mother. Disappointment was addressed when her father announced that he was flying out to finish his work overseas. He explained to Holly the importance of fulling his obligations to his employer.
I highly recommend Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events to all middle-graders, both girls and boys. The storyline is one that will keep children interested with its elements of suspense and mystery. Though there are references to a childhood crush, they are not a major component of the story and certainly not enough to deter boys’ interest. And who doesn’t love a friendly little ghost or two! As with all the author’s children’s books, this one is true to her ideals of writing books that encourage children to read while incorporating those all-important life lessons. As a book I think every parent will want their daughters and sons to read, I give Unfortunate Events 5 stars!

Michele Rolfe
5.0 out of 5 starsUnfortunate Family EventsOctober 16, 2018Format: PaperbackPoor Holly, Abby’s cousin on their mom’s side, is having to deal with alot of unfortunate events with her family. Thank goodness she has Abby, Davey & Derek the Junior Dectives neighbors, & 2 awesome ghosts, Felicity & Minerva, to help her get through it all! Holly is thrilled her mom (Abby’s mom’s sister) & dad have come home for a visit from their overseas job, but things go downhill when mom gets sick. Great book to read with your youngsters about dealing with family issues. The ending is a nice twist & could lead to the next book!

Trish5.0 out of 5 starsGirl power!October 16, 2018Format: PaperbackAnother fun read from Janice Spina! So nice to see Holly and Abby back again in book two. The girls continue to face new issues, friends, and adventures together. A great read for pre-teens.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read about my book. I hope you will take a minute to look over this and other Jemsbooks for some fun reads for you and your children. There is plenty of summer left to soar with adventures, solve mysteries, and be thrilled and surprised by my stories.


A special ‘thank you’ to all those readers who have purchased and reviewed my books. I appreciate the time you took to let me know what you thought about my book wherever you purchased my books. We authors depend and live for reviews in order to be recognized by Amazon. Thank you!

Hope you have a wonderful summer or whatever season you are in! Happy reading! Reading is good for your health! Start reading and get healthier!

Blessings & Hugs!


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, 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 28 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 4 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 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 1 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. 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 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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4 Responses to Book 2 Mystery Series for Girls and Boys – Abby & Holly Series!

  1. Congrats on three great reviews, Janice! 🙂 Sharing… xo

  2. My pleasure, Janice! ❤ Have an awesome week! xo

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