Thursday, April 16, 2009

Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards

First sentence:

"On the outskirts of a pretty country village called St. Martin's Green, there stands a large, white house called St. Martin's Orphanage."


A home of her own. For ten-year-old Mandy, the old stone orphanage was the only home she remembered. Matron Bridie was kind to her, but there were thirty children to look after, and sometimes Mandy felt there was something missing. One day Mandy climbed over the high orphanage wall and found a tiny, deserted cottage in the woods. Here at last was her very own home. All through the spring, summer, and fall, Mandy worked to make it truly hers. Sometimes she "borrowed" things she needed from the orphanage. Sometimes to guard her secret, she even lied. Then one stormy night at the cottage, Mandy got sick, and no one knew how to find her -- except a special friend she didn't know she had. -- from

My thoughts:

I enjoyed re-reading this book as it was one of my favorite books growing up. As I read, I smiled at remembering Mandy's climbing over the wall, and even though I knew how it would end, I still worried when she was in the cottage while she was sick.

Date read: 4/13/2009
Book #: 27
Challenge: Childhood Favourites Reading Challenge
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Children's Literature

Publisher: Harper & Row
Year: 1971
# of Pages: 188
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
LibraryThing Page


Anonymous said...

i read the book last year and loved it! i was trying to remember what all happened in the different seasons so i went online to help me brush up a little on my facts.

Anonymous said...

my name is mandy too!

Anonymous said...

I'm only 12 and in 7th grade. My mom got me Mandy for a "Happy 5th Grade" present. I've read it at least 20 times and I love it!

Anonymous said...

I have to write a paper on who my favorite character is from any book, and i chose Mandy. I love the book!

Anonymous said...

I first started reading this book when i was in third grade, i got about halfway through the book, but then had to return it. From then up until now, in eighth grade, i have been trying so hard to figure out what book it was, and finally found it :) I absolutely love this book :)

Anonymous said...

oh, and my name is mandy as well, thats why my teacher let me borrow it to read :)