FLASHBACK FRIDAY (5): MANDY by Julie (Andrews) Edwards
Feb 7th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer


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FLASHBACK FRIDAY (5): MANDY by Julie (Andrews) Edwards

Publisher: HarperCollins

Original Pub. Date: 1971


From Goodreads: 

Today's cover.

Today’s cover.

The magic of finding a home Mandy, a ten-year-old orphan, dreams of a place to call her own. Escaping over the orphanage wall to explore the outside world, Mandy discovers a tiny deserted cottage in the woods. All through the spring, summer, and fall, Mandy works to make it truly hers. Sometimes she “borrows” things she needs from the orphanage. Sometimes, to guard her secret, she even lies. Then, one stormy night at the cottage, Mandy gets sick, and no one knows how to find her–except a special friend she didn’t know she had.

The original cover in 1971. Notice how the author name is listed as Julie Edwards. Andrews was left out.

The original cover in 1971. Notice how the author name is listed as Julie Edwards. Andrews was left out.

My review:

MANDY was the book that had the most influence on me as a kid. It changed my life. It may have saved me from pits of despair. I purchased it with my own money. I remember standing in front of the shelves of books at Walden’s trying desperately to decide what book I wanted. MANDY called to me. And all these years later, I still have the first edition. It sits on my “favorite books” shelf and still means so much to me. Because when I was a child, I needed a place to escape. I couldn’t escape what was going on in my home, but I could escape into a world created by Julie Andrews Edwards. I wanted to be Mandy. I envisioned myself an orphan, finding that shell cottage, and making it my own. I saw myself being “found” and adopted by an amazing family. I think, in some ways, this book saved me a little bit by giving me a sense of hope that good things could happen to people in horrible circumstances. MANDY was my THE SECRET GARDEN.

When Trish Doller mentioned MANDY in WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE, I knew I found a kindred spirit in Trish. I loved WtSSS that much more for it!

MANDY is a classic. It’s been over thirty years since it’s publication, but it still holds the same magic and charm and escape that it did then. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves MG novels or just wants to know what a true classic book means! For me, MANDY is it!

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