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Book Review: Amanda in Holland

I’m excited to tell you about Darlene Foster’s next book in her Amanda series–

Amanda in Holland: Missing in Action


It follows the heroine, Amanda Ross, as she makes a trip to Holland to visit friends and try to unravel what happened to an Uncle who never returned from WWII–declared missing in action. If you follow the Amanda series, you know that Amanda cannot travel without getting into trouble, causing mischief, or solving mysteries despite her young age. In this story, Amanda rescues a thrown-away puppy named Joey, tracks down a missing gardener, and helps to solve the theft of rare tulip bulbs. She does all this while exploring the culture and excitement that is found nowhere but Holland. Besides the Anne Frank house and the famous Holland canals, Amanda enjoys:

“…banket, a puff pastry filled with an almond paste.”

“…Hotchpotch Stamppot, a traditional Dutch dish of mashed potatoes mixed with carrots and onions,”

“…Bloemenmarkt. It is the world’s only floating flower market.”

The story is told in a conversational voice that will draw all readers in and deftly mixes the cultural details with how Amanda engages in and solves the mystery.

I received an ARC copy of this book but it is available for pre-sale now for delivery in September 2019. This would be a great gift for a child to celebrate the end of summer or a favorite teacher to add to their classroom library (or the school librarian, of course). It’s an uncommon book in that it takes children through the clever bits and pieces of Holland not found in any other nation without feeling like a travelogue.

The series includes:

Amanda in Arabia

Amanda on the Danube

Amanda in Spain

Amanda in New Mexico

…and more. This book and the entire series is highly recommended for elementary age and Middle School children and parents.

Where’s it’s available (on September 3):


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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, The Quest for Home, Fall 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning


70 thoughts on “Book Review: Amanda in Holland

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  3. I’ve been wanting to pick up Darlene’s book, Jacqui, and just did! 😀 My mother is Dutch and until the age of eleven, I got to visit almost every year. I’m looking forward to the read. Thanks for the review, recommendation, and kick in the pants. Lol.

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  4. great review! just reblogged D. Wallace Peach’s review of your recent book.

    I’d love if you’d guest blog post for my site. Perhaps something on to do with novel writing, ie publishing, self-publishing, getting reviews, etc? if you’re so inclined, here’s a link to general guidelines:

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  5. I hopped on over to Amazon because I was curious about this book even though it’s obviously written for children. I read a little that Amazon provided and was pleasantly surprised at how it was written. Darlene Foster has my attention now. I wonder if she writes for boys too.

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  6. Sounds adorable, Jacqui. I think I saw a review of this book on another author’s blog, or maybe it was an early installment? But it sounds familiar as well. I do make mashed potatoes with onions, but I never tried adding carrots too – yum.

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