Friday, August 25, 2017

"Mandie and the Unwanted Gift" by Lois Gladys Leppard

About this book:

  “Mandie is excited about going home for Christmas, but she hasn't told her grandmother that she invited Jonathan Guyer and his father to visit them during the holidays. Will Mrs. Taft be angry with Mandie because she doesn't get along with Mr. Guyer? And Mandie hasn't told Joe that Jonathan is coming, and the two boys haven't gotten along well either. Will Joe be upset with Mandie?
  Then on a dark, cold night a mysterious gift is left on the doorstep of the Shaw house with an anonymous note attached that reads, "For Mandie." The box has fancy gift wrapping on the outside, but inside is what appears to be a childish jumble of holly and dirt and ribbons. Whatever could it be?
  Who sent Mandie the present? Could it be a treasure map?”

Series: Book #29 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! #18! #19! #20! #21! #22! #23! #24! #25! #26! #27! #28!) {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- Set during Christmas; A Scripture is quoted & prayed; A few prayers; Church Going; Mentions of God; Mentions of churches, church going, services, sermons, & hymns; A couple mentions of prayers & praying; A couple mentions of thanking the Lord;
*Note: Talks about & Mentions of spells, voodoo, the religion of it, witchcraft, & the devil {Liza wants to try a spell on someone (but Mandie is set against it)}.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’ and seven ‘shucks’; Mentions of deceit & being deceitful (Mandie realizes that she is); A couple mentions of lies.

Sexual Content- Mentions of girls (ages 13) interested in boys & boyfriends; Mentions of jealousy, liking someone, being interested in someone, & staring at someone; A few mentions of Joe asking Mandie to marry him when they’re older; A few mentions of mistletoe and being caught under it.

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

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My personal Rating-

Ooooh! I reeeeally enjoy the rivalry between Joe and Jonathan (it’s bad, I know, I know). That last line gets me every time! One of my favorite Mandie books! :)

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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