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Mandy Paperback – April 4, 1989

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For an orphan child whose life is filled with comfortable, predictable sameness, with no particular hardships, life is, well, all right. Really, what does Mandy have to worry about? So it comes as a surprise even to Mandy when a small restlessness begins to grow in her. This lonely ache sets her to wandering farther afield, and leads her to a startling and wonderful discovery over the orphanage wall--a very old, very small, seemingly abandoned cottage. Embarking on a clandestine domestic fantasy involving gardening tools and soap flakes, Mandy finds herself being less than honest about where and how she's spending her days. Holding her secret closer and closer to her heart, this imaginative dreamer inadvertently endangers her reputation--and her life.

For every child who has fallen in love with The Secret Garden or A Little Princess, Julie Andrews Edwards's 1971 novel will be a heartwarming discovery. Any sometimes-lonely child with a giant imagination will recognize Mandy's dreams and rejoice in her ultimate fairy-tale happy ending. Judith Gwyn Brown's Edward Gorey-esque pen and ink drawings (with none of Gorey's sinister air) are quietly memorable. Fans of Julie Andrews Edwards--Sound of Music star of stage and screen--will be thrilled to see her latest children's book, Little Bo: The Story of Bonnie Boadicea, or to an earlier favorite, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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"Beautifully written, sensitive. A joyous novel." -- -- Language Arts

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy; Reprint edition (April 4, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064402967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064402965
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,769,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Julie Andrews Edwards is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment. She is perhaps best known for her performances in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and The Princess Diaries. Ms. Edwards is the author of many favorite children's books, including Mandy and The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is one of my top 10 favorite books ever. I first read Mandy when I was 11 or so and I've read it over and over since then. I've given this book to 6 nieces and each one has loved it as well. A young English girl, a secret cottage, different flowers she plants, and odd English foods (to an American) she snacks on all add up to a book one could read over and over. I only wish J.A.Edwards wrote more for this age group. It's a beautiful story you'll never forget. You'll find yourself thinking of people you'd like to give it to - and not necessarily children!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
The book Mandy was given to me on Easter about three years ago. I started reading it and immeadiately loved it. Mandy is about a ten year-old orphan girl who yearns for something she can call her own. Thenn one day she finds it. At the edge of the orphanage there is a high wall. Mandy climbs over it and follows a path till she discovers a wonderful little cottage! The rest of the story is about how she tries so hard to keep the cottage to herself. I loved this story because every kid shares Mandy's feelings at some point in their childhood.I could feel Mandy's feelings as if they were my own as I read the book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "jme502s" on July 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm a Senior in college and I still tell everyone that this is the best book that I have ever read. I remember the first time that I found out about this book. I was in fourth grade and my reading teacher, Ms. Reed, read this story to the whole class. I got lost in the book and couldn't wait until the next day for reading class to find out what happened to Mandy next. I told my mom about the book and she went out and bought it for me. I had finished the book before Ms. Reed finished reading it to us, but I still enjoyed listening to the story. I know that this book sparked my desire to learn and read and to this day I remember that teacher and wish I could thank her for choosing such a wonderful story to get us involved in literature. I love this book!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Gilligan on May 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
"Mandy" by Julie Andrews Edwards is a delightful tale about an orphan who finds an abandoned cottage and tries to make it her own. Mandy's character is easy to love and you are drawn right into the story. Whenever Mandy is hiding from her roommate, you are holding your breath right along with her! There are several hard lessons that Mandy has to learn and I think that once she's set on the right track, she makes a good role model for girls everywhere.

I would definitely recommend this book. And if you enjoy this story, you'll probably like The Secret Garden (HarperClassics) by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a child, this was a book that I read over and over again. Now that I have a daughter of my own, I want to share this with her. Julie Edwards ( Andrews) is not only a fabulous actress and singer, she is also a terrific author. This is a story about a young orphan girl trying desperately to find her place in the world. She lives in a large girls school but she is very lonely and wants more than anything to have a family of her own. In her daily wanderings, she discovers a little cottage that she decides to make her own. This story is charming and heartwarming in every respect as we travel with Mandy on heradventure to find a place, and a family of her own
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Frankenberg on June 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to my daughter many years ago. It still remains one of our favorite shared treasures. Mandy truly becomes a friend as you read. You experience her world as an orphan and dreamer. Every time Mandy enters her secret world outside the orphanage, you get to go with her through Ms. Edward's outstanding writing. I urge any mother or grandmother to begin reading it with their daughter or granddaughter! Girls five and up will love it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jill on January 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
I received Mandy as a gift from a beloved aunt in 1975, for my 7th birthday, with the Judith Gwyn Brown illustrations, and it still has a place in my bookshelves as a favorite to be re-read. I can see why other reviewers compare it to The Little Princess - it has similar qualities, including an imaginative, sensitive heroine (though luckily Mandy's kindly and fair Mrs. Bridie is no Miss Minchin), not to mention the famous book about a little orphan girl, Anne of Green Gables. Though written in 1971, Mandy is really timeless: with the exception of a few minor details, it could be the 1920s, or 1900, or the present. I think most little girls, and little boys too, would really enjoy the story. There's a little bit of mystery, and adventure, and fairy tale.

I had been really interested in Mandy's cottage and the house since first reading the book (it may have sparked my interest in English country houses), so I was intrigued to read in Julie Andrews' introduction to the new edition that she got the idea for the story while on location for a film shoot at a big, old country estate that included a shell cottage. I looked into it and found that part of Andrews' 1970 film Darling Lili (by husband Blake Edwards) had been filmed near Dublin, Ireland and the estate in question was Carton House, ancestral home of the earls of Kildare (family name: Fitzgerald) for hundreds of years. The beautiful Georgian manor house described in Mandy was built about 1739 for the 20th earl (later 1st Duke of Leinster), and it was his wife Emily Lennox who decorated the shell cottage in 1766. It was named "Waterstone" and had formerly been a laborer's cottage.
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