Item description for The Mandie Collection, Volume 1 (Mandie Books) by Lois Gladys Leppard...
Overview A collection of tales featuring Mandie, an orphan, and her friends as they solve mysteries together in turn-of-the-century North Carolina.
Publishers Description This five-in-one volume brings MANDIE fans--new and old alike--back to where it all began. Readers will discover anew the charms of the impulsive Mandie Shaw as she faces the ups and downs of first losing her father and then finding her long-lost family in "Mandie and the Secret Tunnel." Many more mysteries follow for Mandie and her friends in "Mandie and the Cherokee Legend," "Mandie and the Ghost Bandits," "Mandie and the Forbidden Attic," and "Mandie and the Trunk's Secret."
Citations And Professional Reviews The Mandie Collection, Volume 1 (Mandie Books) by Lois Gladys Leppard has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 08/20/2007 page 41
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Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 6.16" Height: 1.41" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
Grade Level Multiple Grades
Series Mandie Books
ISBN 0764204467 ISBN13 9780764204463
Availability 33 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 22, 2016 09:32.
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More About Lois Gladys Leppard
Lois Gladys Leppard (1924-2008) worked in Federal Intelligence for thirteen years in various countries around the world before she settled in South Carolina. The stories of her own mother's childhood as an orphan in western North Carolina are the basis for many of the incidents incorporated in this series.
Lois Gladys Leppard lived in the state of South Carolina. Lois Gladys Leppard was born in 1924 and died in 2008.
Lois Gladys Leppard has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Mandie Collection V01 (5 In 1)?
Mediocre Literature, Bad Theology May 4, 2010
I loved this series as a kid, so I decided to re-read it. Basically, each book centers on Mandie, a country-born girl from North Carolina who is reunited with her wealthy mother and uncle after her father dies. Mandie always finds some mystery adventure to solve along with her friends Celia, Joe, Jonathon, and occasionally her Cherokee kin people. The series begins when Mandie is 12, poor, and seemingly orphaned and ends with her graduating from boarding school at 16. She solves mysteries and experiences adventure in several different settings.
Accolades: The mysteries are decent and the stories are entertaining. Mandie prays to God when she is afraid.
Things I Could Live Without: BUT...I was thoroughly disappointed while reading my one-time childhood favorite. Why? The theology is terrible and extremely works-based, which is why I will no longer be saving them for my children. Yes, the books may teach some good lessons, but that is not worth the bad theology. I can find better alternatives. What's so bad about it? It's very works based. You see Mandie questioning God (aka being real) only once, when her father dies, and she immediately scolds herself. The grace of Jesus is never spoken of and you will find very little, if any, redemptive themes in these books. The villains are always labeled "bad people" and rightly punished for "being bad," but the beauty of lost sinners finding redemption-the Gospel-is never represented. This is distinct in the second book, when Mandie encounters her Cherokee cousin, who hates her and causes mischief. Uncle Ned, Mandie's old Indian friend, is heard stating several times that "T'sani is a bad Cherokee." "T'sani is a bad person." "T'sani gets what he deserves." Never, "Let's have compassion on T'sani and pray for him."
Adding to this works theology is that the protagonists are praised for their "goodness."
Also, Mandie is a total SPOILED BRAT. I never realized this when I was young. Probably because I was 12 and a brat too. The series covers a scope of four years, yet Mandie never grows up, never grows as a person, never grows spiritually or emotionally more mature. In fact, she is worse at 16 than she is at 12! Sighing, stomping her feet when she doesn't get her way, being selfish. Ugh. She also flirts and strings along at least 3 boys in these series because she can't make up her mind who she likes. Well, she's ONLY 16, Lois!
While the stories are entertaining, there is better literature out there for this age group!
book Mar 13, 2010
Wonderful book!! I loved these books when I was younger and my daughters love them now! Great seller. Received the book quickly.
Great books Feb 6, 2009
I started reading the Mandie books when I was 8 years old. I am now 21 and still love them. They are wholesome entertainment for girls, especially in a time when wholesome is not available in most preteen literature. The only problem I have with them is that Mandie occasionally does not act her age all the time.
Very enjoyable children's stories Oct 12, 2008
My children loved this collection of Mandie books. Unfortunately I was disappointed with some unsound doctrine concerning salvation (works based), as well as the amount of youthful romance presented at such a young age.
Despite those concerns, I know that meeting Mandie and her friends has made an impact on our family's day-to-day existence. Our orange and white tabby kitten has been renamed Snowball after Mandie's white cat. When I finished reading the first five books in this volume to my children they both exclaimed, "More Mandie Mamma!" When my five-year-old catches sight of the book she asks, "Can we read Mandie again Mommy?" In conclusion I quote my eldest child once more, "Mommy, isn't Mandie the bestest bedtime story book ever?"
great deal 4 girls classic Jan 9, 2008
I ordered this book for my 11 year daughter. She inhaled it! She described it as the "best book, I've EVER read!" Since she's an avid reader, that is surely a compliment. She is begging for the second volume now. It is fortunate to know that there are still some wholesome, engaging materials out there for preteens. We are looking forward to more!