A Wonderful New Review of Abby & Holly Book 1: School Dance!

What a nice surprise when I receive a review of one of my books! I recently received this wonderful review of my series for MG/PT/YA – Abby & Holly School Dance. This is the first book in this fun series for both girls and boys and adults to enjoy.

A special ‘thank you’ to Valerie Ormond for this lovely review.

Valerie A. Ormond
5.0 out of 5 stars A Visit Back to Middle School with Mystery

Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2021

Verified Purchase Abby & Holly, School Dance was a fun read taking one back to middle school dance days and the awkwardness of that age for both boys and girls. Janice creates interesting characters such as mystery-solving twins who have their own form of mental telepathy communication, a young girl whose parents are overseas helping others instead of being at home with her, and an aunt with supernatural powers. The author weaves in lessons of friendship and doing the right thing while keeping the story fun and mysterious. Highly recommend this book for young readers, especially those who enjoy mysteries.




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.

This book deals with bullying at the middle-grade levels and teaches kids that age how to deal with a bully in a kind and understanding manner. They will realize it doesn’t pay to bully others and will get more friends by being kind to one another. Middle-grade is a tough time for kids who are coming into their own and trying to find friends. This is also a mystery that will grip and hold onto their attention until they solve the mystery along with cousins, Abby and Holly. I hope you MG/PT/YA will enjoy this series and get hooked once they begin reading it! I had so much fun writing it! I felt like a kid again! What a freeing feeling!

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out these books soon for your middle-graders/preteens/young adults. You just might enjoy them yourselves, parents!

Here is the complete series:

You can go to Amazon on above link or click on covers to the right of this post. Happy reading!

Abby & Holly Books 1-6 (award-winning series)

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

My goal in writing for MG/PT/YA is to encourage all ages to read daily to enhance their creativity, increase their vocabulary and enable them to live healthier and happier lives. Keep reading and I will keep writing. Thank you! Happy Reading!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post! I appreciate your kind support of my blog, books and for all the reviews you may have posted or plan to post! Happy reading!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!









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 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 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 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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10 Responses to A Wonderful New Review of Abby & Holly Book 1: School Dance!

  1. Thank you, Janice, and it was a pleasure to read this book. Happy New Year!

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