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The One Left Behind

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  698 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
"Mandy awoke in darkness. For a moment she didn't remember that Angel was gone, that she would not be coming back, and then the pain hit her like a physical blow."For the first time in her eleven years, Mandy is alone. Through a series of miscommunications, her entire family has left her by herself in their big house on Lake Michigan. But it's the absence of her twin siste ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 21st 2006 by Atheneum
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Rebecca McNutt
Jan 25, 2017 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing
A gripping story with underlying themes of moving on from grief, The One Left Behind is a short but amazing middle grade novel about an isolated and abandoned girl who discovers friendship from two boys on the run.
Jordan Federer
Mar 10, 2011 Jordan Federer rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I loved how Willo Davis Roberts wrote this book. I like how things happen in this book that you wouldn’t suspect. For instance when Mandy is home alone for the weekend and someone broke in their house. The next day when she walked her dog and they find this wrecked car and that was the boy’s car that broke into their house. I would have never guessed anything like that would happen in this book! I like how the author kept this story alive for the whole remainder of ...more
Mar 18, 2010 Natalie rated it it was amazing
I had jus finihed reading this book, i think that it was a realy goood book. at first i didn't really like it, but then it started getting better and i couldn't put it down.
Mandy ended up staying home with her dog Henry, while her parents and brothers went out of town to do their own things and Uncle Frank went to her aunts. She would of been home with her twin sister Angel, but she had passed away from eating a hamburger that has e. coli in it.
The first night Mandy was home alone she heard somt
Jun 06, 2012 Lyn rated it really liked it
Eleven-year-old Mandy has spent a lonely summer without her twin sister who died a year ago. Now she is not only lonely, she is alone. Somehow every member of her large family has driven off in a different direction, each of them thinking that Mandy is with someone else.

With the family dog as company Mandy decides she'll just spend the weekend alone, rather than trying to track down her brothers or her parents who are enjoying a rare solitary weekend for their anniversary. Strange things begin t
Sep 08, 2014 Ann rated it it was amazing
"The One Left Behind" is one of my favorite short reads! (Willo Davis Roberts, The One Left Behind, 2006, 139 pages, Fiction, Three-time Edgar award winner). I love how the author used details to explain what was happening and you could picture all the events in your head.
The book is about a twelve-year-old girl, Mandy who tries to get through life without her dead twin sister. She has a problem when someone breaks into her house while the rest of her family is out of town. Then, Mandy finds a
Oct 07, 2010 мαяïα❤ rated it really liked it
Why did I pick this Book>?
uhmm well one because it was short book to read and I read the back of the book and I liked what I
read.(: Its taking place at Mandy house where she lives all by herself..she had a twin sister named
Angel but she died of food posin..So Mandy was all alone at home with
her only dog she had..The problem in this story is that Mandy one day she found
some kids of her age that were runing away from home because they were chasing them so
Mandy took them into her house and they
Jan 06, 2009 Sarah added it
The One Left Behind is an intriguing story about a young girl. The author has thrown many twists in the girl’s path, as well as a few surprises about some characters. The style of writing has a unique distinction from other writers. The characters have distinct personalities, and are well established into the plot. It also provides an insight into the grief felt from the loss of a sibling.
Joan Radtke
Feb 23, 2016 Joan Radtke rated it really liked it
The One Left Behind is a fiction novel written by Willo Davis Roberts. Mandy is an 11 year old girl who is all alone. After her twin sister Angel died she was lost. Submerged in her own thoughts, she didn’t know how to move on. Her family had left the house for their own plans and Mandy did not want to join. Then someone else came into her life. Two boys, one only a year or two difference and the other still an infant, stumbled into her life. The adventures that her sister and her used to i
Kaylin K-T
Mar 27, 2015 Kaylin K-T rated it really liked it
Grade/interest level: MS
Reading level: 850L
Main Characters: Mandy
Setting: Lake Michigan
POV: 3rd

Mandy awakes in darkness and hopes to see her twin sister, Angel, but Angel is gone. She has been gone for about a year now. Mandy's relieved to be alone, but then suddenly, she misses Angel. Everyone in her family treats her differently, because they're all guys and at school, her classmates are treating her differently, because she didn't need them, since she had Angel.

Then, one summer,
Feb 23, 2010 Elena rated it it was amazing
My book is called:The One Left Behind.The author is Willo Davis Roberts.Its genre is mystery nonfiction.I choose this book because I havent read a mystery book.I didnt like the book,I loved it! :)I would totally recomend the book!What I learned 2 things in this book:that bad things happen,but you should make yourself sick because of that and that you have to be brave!The purpose for me was that to show young readers like that you should not be scared.This is a short summary of the book from chap ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it liked it
Mandy is eleven years old and she has a really big family. She also once had a twin sister, but the sister died of food poisoning.

Mandy's parents, all her brothers and one brother's wife have left for a variety of different activities. Each one of them thought that one of the others was going to be taking Mandy along with them, but through miscommunication Mandy gets left behind at the house, alone except for the presence of a huge but rather cowardly dog.

It's Mandy's chance to show she can be g
Feb 24, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is Roberts last book, published after she died. I get the feeling there was supposed to be more to it, because it seems a little incomplete. However, I've only read a couple of her other books and one I don't really remember well.
The One Left Behind is the fairly straight-forward tale of a girl who is accidentally left alone in her house for a weekend by her large family. (Home Alone, much?) She encounters a kid and his little brother who are on the run from some bad men and helps them esca
Ashley Diller
I read the book called The One Left Behind by Willo Davis Roberts. The book is about a eleven year old girl named Mandy who spent a lonely summer without her twin sister who did a year ago. Mandy is not just lonely she is also alone. Somehow her large family has driven off in different direction. When her family is out of town someone breaks into her house.

My opinion on the book is that it was good and it was bad. But my favorite parts where in the middle of the book because it got interesting
Nov 12, 2015 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is just such a suspenseful piece of work that I read until 2 am. It was so frightening but great at the same time, I loved it. There was a great writing style by the author and it had such an amazing story that was told.
Abigail Spracklen
Jan 13, 2015 Abigail Spracklen rated it liked it
I can't remember a single thing about this book, but i found it in one of my reading logs from middle school. I suppose I probably liked it if i finished it so I'll give it three stars. Maybe one day ill re-read it, but i honestly doubt it.
Jul 12, 2015 Debb rated it it was ok
Now, I know this is youth fiction, but I felt there were gaps and many loose ends in this book. It didn't feel like a complete story; more like a short story. The premise was interesting with some initial character development and was an easy read.
Christian Singer
Apr 05, 2014 Christian Singer rated it really liked it
At first I wasn't sure what to think of this story, but it is a cute story worth reading.

Sometimes we're braver and more competent than we realize.
Douglas Larson
Nov 08, 2012 Douglas Larson rated it liked it
This, the last book written by Willo Davis Roberts, was published posthumously. It, like many of her works, has a nice sense of suspense and danger for the protagonist and it ends with a nice conclusion. Mandy, the protagonist, has lost her twin sister to food poisoning a year prior and is coping with that loss. Being accidentally left behind when her family leaves for the weekend, Mandy copes, not only with the loss of her sister but with new events that have transpired while she is home alone. ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
I read this book because I liked the back and I got it really cheap at a store. On the back it says how Mandy is trying to cope with the loss of her twin sister while she is home alone. She is scared of her own house without her sister(Angel). I wasn't expecting this to be a mystery (this is my first Willo Davis Roberts's book). Instead I was more expecting this to be a story on how Mandy came to better cope with the loss of her sister while she was by herself. However, strange things start to ...more
Aug 25, 2008 Kirsten rated it liked it
Through a series of miscommunications among her large family, eleven-year-old Mandy has been left alone for the weekend at her family's home on the shore of Lake Michigan. It soon becomes evident that she is not as alone as she first thought, however -- someone is lurking in the woods and along the shore near her house, someone who doesn't want to be found.

Roberts wrote many thrillers for young audiences, and this was her last. I haven't read her other books, so I don't know how it compares, but
May 28, 2012 Alexa rated it liked it
Mandy is an eleven year old girl who is left behind in her huge house on the shore of Lake Michigan. Her parents have forgotten about her and to add to that mess, her twin sister, Angel, is dead. Mandy hasn't been able to get over the death of Angel which was when she was ten. She is very lonely until she comes across two boys who are on their own just like her. The boys are running away from men who want to hurt them so they turn to Mandy for help. Mandy doesn't know what to do because she is s ...more
Laney J.
Sep 06, 2012 Laney J. rated it liked it
The book's name was The One left Behind. The author ia Willo Davis Roberts. The genre was realistic fiction. The lenghth was 144 pages.

Mandy's twin sister died of food poisoning. She felt that she couldn't live without her. Mandy and he twin had done everything together. Now, she's alone at home while the rest of her family is on vacation. She finds 2 boys, who are being chased by 2 men, including one who is the brother of the 2 boys babysitter. Mandy helps these boys hide from the men.

I though
Julie Pfeiffer
May 26, 2010 Julie Pfeiffer rated it it was ok
I would say this book is definitely for the younger reader. The main character, Mandy, is a twin. Her twin sister, Angel, died from food poisoning and Mandy doesn't know how to act without her. At the beginning of the story all the references to Angel were rather vague. Mandy then talked about her schizophrenic uncle that lived with them. I was secretly hoping that I would eventually find out that Mandy was schizophrenic and Angel was a figment of her imagination. Not so! Mandy gets left alone f ...more
Dec 08, 2010 Monique rated it liked it
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Emcwriter12 caltiere
Dec 18, 2009 Emcwriter12 caltiere rated it it was amazing
I just got a book order and this book was in it. it sounds really good. ps im in 5th grade. im 10. i did not get held back.... okay so i wrote the thing before this before but im leaving it there cause im to lazy to erase it. I jsut got it today in school and i really want to start reading it. theirs this kid darnill and when i got it hes like (Quote) " you read that kind of stuff?"
i replied, " do you even know what it's about?"
he says, " yeah its about someone who gets left behind."
duh is h
Cheyanna Sundquist
For the first time Mandy is alone. She's left alone in a big house aside from Lake Michigan. It's been a year since Angle passed and she is missed dearly. With losing a twin she always misses her and feels her, but her whole family have moved on. Mandy is happy to be alone until she fines boys.. One is her age and the other is not yet two. They are running from people that hurt them. They are also alone. She doesn't know what to say. She always says "if only Angle was here she would know what to ...more
Aug 17, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok
My reaction to the ending of this book was, "that's it?!" 80% of the book was a lead up to meeting Zander and Dusty, yet we already knew before starting that Mandy would meet them. There was no suspense during the action. And there was no lesson. Mandy needed to deal with loss, yet she only began to make some progress with accepting she can't lean on her twin anymore. I didn't get the point of this story at all.
Kaycee Laffey
Jan 18, 2015 Kaycee Laffey rated it liked it
I liked the parts when Mandy was trying to figure out who was breaking into her house at night and stealing food. I did not like the part when the boy from the truck told his story and it all seemed to rush and go very fast. If the author took more time to tell the story and describe the things that happened better I might have liked it more.
Jul 07, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
Very good read. Sad and introspective. Willo Davis Roberts one of my favorite authors. This book reminds me of Mick Hart Was Here.
Hannah Gettling
Jan 24, 2017 Hannah Gettling rated it it was amazing
The book starts out when Mandy wakes up to an empty house. Her family had left. The pain hit her, her twin sister is gone and will never come back. Mandy's family is on vacation and she is all alone. Then she hears her dog coming down the hall. He climbs up on her bed and breathes on her. She smells the usual peanut butter and jelly sandwich. She knows that someone is at her house and knows it isn't her family. Well, she goes downstairs and the sandwich ingredients are out. She hadn't made him ...more
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Willo Davis Roberts was an American writer chiefly known for her mystery novels for children and young adults. She won Edgar Allan Poe awards in 1989, 1995, and 1997 for best juvenile and best young adult mysteries. Her books included The View from the Cherry Tree, Twisted Summer, Don't Hurt Laurie, Megan's Island, Baby-sitting is a Dangerous Job, Hostage, The Girl with Silver Eyes, The One Left B ...more
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