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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 sec

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 15th 2006 by HarperCollins (first published 1971)
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Sep 25, 2008 Mimi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mimi by: Dipika
As of ten minutes ago I finished this book by Julie Andrews. Even though I work in a book store I came across this title in a back door sort of way. A couple of months ago I was boasting to my friend that I have a really good success rate with finding books for customers when there is almost nothing to go on. Taking me up on the challenge she asked if I knew about this children's book...details: main character is Mandy and she has her own world beyond a big wall. It was fairly easy to find - the...more
This was one of my favorite books when I was younger, and I JUST FIGURED OUT THAT IT WAS WRITTEN BY JULIE ANDREWS

Terri Lynn
I wish I could give it 10 stars. This is one of the most warm, comforting, emotionally moving stories for kids and if you are smart to toss aside meaningless labels, for adults as well.

Mandy is 10 years old and something of a loner at the orphanage where she has lived most of her life. The Matron and staff are kind to the children and try to make a real home for them but Mandy longs for something more. She has a friend and room mate named Sue who she frustrates by wanting to be alone so much she...more
Alex Lemmer
The book Mandy by Julien Andrews is a classic good book. It is about a girl Mandy, who lives in an orphanage. She is very lonely and has no friends. One day she was outside and saw a big brick wall and wanted to know what was behind it. Her curiosity got the best of her and she climbed over. A magical beautiful awasis of land was right in front of her. As the book goes on she continues to sneak off to the magical land. This experience changed Mandy as a person because when we first met her chara...more
Julie Andrews Edwards of Mary Poppins fame grew up to be an author. Who would have thought? This charming, lovely tale is very reminiscent of The Little Princess or The Secret Garden. Mandy, an orphan, one day peeks over the orphanage wall to discover a seemingly abandoned cottage and is soon embarking on an adventure that will enthrall readers young and old. Mandy, Ms. Andrews-Edwards 2nd novel, is a beautifully written, joyous story.
I thought that Mandy was okay but did not full fill my expectations as much as I thought it would
The author, Julie Edwards I believe acted in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and many other films. She was a great actor but not the best writer. Some people think they can do everything..................
Lisa Vegan
I bought and read this book because I’m a huge Julie Andrews fan. I also love orphan stories; I’ve even designated a Goodreads shelf for orphan books. Anyway, this one really touched my heart and it’s a really well written and interesting story. Deserves to be a classic.
Mar 16, 2009 Tara added it
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I loved this Book as a kid I read it like 20 times! So sweet and imaginative!
Not long ago, I went on a nostalgia kick, rereading favorite books from my younger years. Many of them still entertained and enchanted me despite my being now far older than their intended audience. Mandy, unfortunately, did not.

I think I may have gone just a little too young this time. The book has a sometimes-irritating “written for a child” tone to it. It’s not the age of the protagonist, exactly; Mandy is ten, but Maggie would have been about the same age (she was in fifth grade, so ten or e...more
Mandy, a ten-year-old orphan, has lived all her life in the large St. Martins Orphanage run by Matron Birdie. While she has many friends and is happy at the orphanage, she can't help but wonder what else is out there, especially what is over the stone wall at the back of the orphanage's orchard. Upon climbing the wall, Mandy discovers a cottage and a whole world that she makes her own.

What a beautiful book. I had read it years ago, when I was little, but hadn't read it since then. I came across...more
In the last five minutes, I finished Mandy.
I loved the words that Julie Andrews Edwards used to describe the house. Example: Smashing. I love that word, especially with an accent.
Overall, the book seemed a bit too predictable. I had the feeling that (view spoiler) at the end. It seemed quite fitting. And, not to mention, but (view spoiler)...more
Shannon Knight
This was a favorite book from childhood and I had this overwhelming urge to revisit it this past week; alas it is not available in ebook format so I had to wait TWO WHOLE DAYS to receive the copy I ordered from Amazon. But it was well worth the wait. The story of a plucky 10-year-old orphan girl who finds a secret cottage in the forest and eventually a family of her own, it has everything I loved in a book when I was a kid: orphans, British accents, a large manor house, and a happy ending. I rea...more
Christina Sesok
This is one of my favorite books. When I say I've read it a dozen times, I'm not lying, I really have read it upwards of twelve times. It had been a while since I'd read it, so I decided to set aside an afternoon and take a trip down memory lane.

The dialogue of the main character, Mandy, seemed a little bit childish, but then it is important to remember that she is a ten year old girl, so that should not be held against her, as the dialogue of the rest of the characters is equally as age appropr...more
Aug 16, 2010 Heidi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heidi by: my mother

This book was one of my all time favorites as a kid. I loved the romance of finding a cottage, cleaning it up, and calling it my own. It affected me enough that I named my own daughter Amanda and she prefers "Mandy". I have an elderly friend that was a hoarder. When I was trying to sort through her stuff, I'd try to imagine I was living the story and just 'cleaning things up a bit', instead of the reality of being a hoarder's friend. Made things marginally better. I think this story should be ma...more
I loved this book when I was young! I used it as a read-aloud in my classroom a few years ago, and it really struck a nerve with one 8-year-old who was taken from his mother because of her neglect. He had had to do a lot of taking care of himself when he was still preschool age. He found Mandy's idea of making her own house to be the most obvious thing for her to do. The next few weeks he drew houses, he built them out of paper and sticks, he set up his books on edge along the sides of his desk...more
Gabriella Reeves
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 specia...more
Is it four stars? Or three? I probably need to clarify my star rating protocol. Oh well, who really cares. Here's the deal: this book was on a list compiled by "Real Simple" magazine of books that influenced people's desire to read. It was one of the few books on the list I had not read, so I bought it off Amazon, which was covered with 5-star ratings. Okay. It is a sweet story. It is a fun read. I was impressed with Julie Andrew's imagination and the completeness of her story. She achieved what...more
Mandy was a really charming book. The author does a great job of supplanting the reader into Mandy's world as a bystander who approves of Mandy's goal to find some space of her own in the world (haven't we all wanted the same?)...

From Mandy's exploits around the orphanage, she discovers a new treasure and sets out to improve it to her liking. She does a very creative job of personalizing her space, and she also "shops" in some interesting ways to get what she needs. You can tell from her interac...more
When I was young, I read this book. In fact, my copy probably looks a lot like this one, except for the stain on the cover. I read and re-read it, so the corners got bent. Of course, it's old, so the paper is brown and the spine is brittle. But I loved it. What stayed with my impressionable 9 or 10-year-old self was the specialness of the secret that Mandy keeps, and the charm of the haven she creates. We all want something that is just ours alone when we are that age.
Brandy Falk
Summary: Ten-year-old Mandy has only ever known one home, St. Martin’s Orphanage. Although her life is comfortable there, she longs for a family and home to call her own. Everything changes when a bored Mandy decides to climb the wall near her orphanage. On the other side of the wall, Mandy discovers a forest and many paths. When one path leads her to an abandoned cottage, she is delighted to finally have a place call her own. Mandy continues secretly visiting the cottage, bringing useful items...more
Katharine Ott
"Mandy" - written by Julie Andrews Edwards, published in 1971. At St. Martin's Orphanage, ten-year-old Mandy is lonely and restless. After boldly climbing the stone wall in the orchard, "Now to look for my unicorn...," she comes upon an abandoned cottage and adopts it as her own. Her subsequent free time is spent in cleaning, garden preparation and eventually nicking items from the orphanage to set up her household. Her stealing and falsehoods do catch up with her, but in the end her "Prince" sa...more
I always loved this book as a kid. I found it fascinating and desired my very own hideout. This book inspired my own "adventures" and search of that place to turn into my own secret. It also helped foster my love of flowers. Although I now may not think the writing is the best, I loved it for what it taught me and inspired within me.
Aug 05, 2008 Rae rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Rae by: Mrs. Saunders-my 2nd Grade teacher
My second-grade teacher Mrs. Saunders read this out loud to the class. We were stationed in Germany around 1978. This and the Whangdoodle book became my favorites. As an adult with my own daughters I searched for this book to no avail. It finally became available again & they love it as much as I do!
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Jackie "the Librarian"
This is my favorite book from when I was a kid. Mandy was so determined to make a place of her own, she went too far sometimes. When Mandy refuses to talk to the Fitzgerald family on the phone, because it hurts too much, still puts a lump in my throat.
I remember in the 5th grade I was asked if I wanted to do an extra assignment for English and read a book from the teachers selection and do the activities that came with it. Me being a bored 10 year old, I said yes. Out of her selections, I chose this book because I have always been of fan of Julie Andrews and I thought it was so cool that she wrote a book. I can honestly say that this was one of my favorite childhood books and I even went out and bought it myself. It still sits on my bookshelf...more
My nine year old and I really enjoyed this book. It had some great themes which led us into some great conversations. Things like honesty, responsibility, appreciation for our individual situations, etc.
Jun 29, 2013 Robin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young girls
This is a really great book for young people, girls in particular. It was kind of magical, even though there wasn't any real magic in it. Even as a grown up, I like this one.
Ali made me read this for a book club! It was so fun!
The 11-yo has joined a book club, and chose this as her first contribution. I was concerned it might be too young for the girls (she had read it over a year ago) so decided to do a quick reread.

I'm amazed when rereading childhood books at how quickly I can recapture that time. I can tell you which shelf in the GS Library had this book, and by page 5, I could smell Mrs. Anthony's classroom. So it's hard to review this book as there is so much nostalgia for me.

I will say, as an adult reading this...more
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Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews Edwards, DBE is an award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. She is the recipient of Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA, People's Choice Award, Theatre World Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award honours. Andrews rose to prominence after starring in Broadway musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot, as well as musical films like Mary Poppi...more
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