Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards (1971)

Yes, Mandy was written by THAT Julie Andrews.  How in the world does one woman have so many talents??


Mandy is a sensitive, ten year old — you guessed it — orphan.  She dreams of a happier life, and begins sneaking outside the orphanage wall to create it for herself.  This is a sweet story of a girl with both persistence and imagination.  You’ll follow the ups and downs of Mandy’s life as she single-handedly transforms a tiny, abandoned house into a place of wonder.   She learns many life lessons along the way, especially the importance of a good friend.

In an October 2012 online article from People Magazine, Ms. Edwards said one of her favorite memories from her own childhood was of her father reading aloud to her.  “My father had a lovely way of reading,” recalls the iconic star of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. “He had a very nice voice, and he really made sure I understood the words. What was so endearing is that he suddenly became rather formal when he read, and I so enjoyed watching him do it properly for me.”

Julie Andrews Edwards continued this beloved family tradition with her own children.  Several of her children’s books were originally told to her three daughters as bedtime stories and later written down for publication.  Mandy is one of them.

Middle Grade Reading level, 320 pages, England, Orphans, Published in 1971.



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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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