Friday, September 30, 2016

"Mandie and The Jumping Juniper" by Lois Gladys Leppard

About this book:

  “When Mandie and Celia left the United States to spend the summer traveling with Mrs. Taft through Europe, they didn't expect that each new place they visited would have a mystery and adventure all its own. But since boarding the Queen Victoria, it's been one episode after another.
  Traveling from Switzerland to Germany with Jonathan, Uncle Ned, and Senator Morton, they arrive at the medieval stone castle of Baroness Geissler. None of them know much about the castle, but with its many turrets, long narrow slits for windows, a drawbridge and moat, it's not a surprise when they discover there's a mystery surrounding it. A very old juniper tree that's located on the property is said to "jump" sometimes, and no one knows why.
  What is the secret of the jumping tree? And why is the baroness's grandson so rude and unlikeable? Will Snowball help them solve the mystery?”

Series: Book #18 in “Mandie” series. (To read the reviews of the previous books in this series, click the number to be taken to that review:
#1! #2! #3! #4! #5! #6! #7! #8! #9! #10! #11! #12! #13! #14! #15! #16! #17!) {There also is the “Young Mandie Mystery” series, (Book #1 review Here and Book #2 review Here!) but they do not connect together well}

Spiritual Content- Leviticus 19:16 at the beginning; Prayers & Thanking God; A Scripture is quoted & prayed; A few mentions of God; A couple mentions of praying; A couple mentions of miracles.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: three ‘stupid’s; A bit of eye rolling; Rupert can be rude & have a bratty attitude; Mentions of blood & pain (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of murders, duels, a dungeon & disposing of the bodies (barely-above-not-detailed); A mention of a drunk.

Sexual Content- Mandie & Celia talk a bit about boys & marrying them; A mention of Rupert (who’s engaged) kissing another girl; A couple mentions of Rupert’s flirtatious ways; A couple mentions of Rupert’s lady friends; A few mentions of boy having a girlfriend, being old enough for one & them being sweet on each other.

-Amanda “Mandie” Shaw, age 13
                                   P.O.V. of Mandie
                                              Set in 1901
                         160 pages (also available in a collection with four other Mandie books.)

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My personal Rating-
Yet another good Mandie mystery! The ending did feel a bit rushed & quick, though, which can make a Mandie fan eager to read the next one. ;)

See y’all on Monday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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