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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  11,368 ratings  ·  1,060 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 15th 2006 by HarperCollins (first published 1971)
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This was one of my favorite books when I was younger, and I JUST FIGURED OUT THAT IT WAS WRITTEN BY JULIE ANDREWS

May 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Precious story of an orphan finding a place of her own, which feels like an updated version of The Secret Garden, with more than a dash of A Little Princess thrown in! And yes, it's written by THAT Julie Andrews! And written well!
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This was a favorite in my childhood, right up there with The Secret Garden and The Swing in the Summerhouse. Any book with a lonely child creating a world for herself in nature was right up my alley, since that's what I did too!

(Guessing at the read date, obviously, just so it wouldn't add it to this year's reading list.)
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Is anything more satisfying than reading about someone else doing a lot of tidying up?
Terri Lynn
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure how I missed this one as a youth, perhaps this was the stage when I was reading only books about sports. Regardless, this is a feel good story about an 10-year-old orphan names Mandy, who is treated well in her orphanage, and yet she yearns for something. Seeking adventure, Mandy climbs a stone wall behind the orphanage, where she discovers a charming little cottage, fallen into disrepair. She decides to make this her special place, and begins disappearing regularly, even from her best ...more
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.
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Hilary by: Lisa Vegan
Mandy lives in an orphanage. It is a nice place but Mandy longs for a place of her own. This book has a slow pace and lots of details of nature and the seasons. Mandy finds an abandoned cottage and makes it her own.

We liked this book but it was completely predictable. We would have enjoyed it more if the orphanage had been a horrible place to escape from, although there are plenty of stories along these lines we felt it would have added some excitement.

Part of the book I changed as I read alou
Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
I read this long ago as a child and decided it was high time for a reread as my memories of it are so fond. It is a sweet, heartfelt tale of a little orphan girl who is looking for a place of her own. But what she really wants (of course) is a family of her own. It captured my imagination as a child and delighted me as an adult. I really enjoyed reading this book again. :)
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read this book after reading Julie Andrews's autobiography. I am so glad that I did. It is a touching story about a sweet small girl living in an orphanage and her adventures. As I was reading it, I could imagine Julie Andrews reading it to me which made it all the more special to me. I truly enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes childhood adventures.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A cute and sweet story!
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
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think the only thing more magical than Mary Poppins in the actress who played her. And I had no idea she had written books herself until very recently. While Julie Andrews might not be the most artistic author when it comes to prose, the story she told in Mandy is incredibly sweet. I was enchanted by the little orphan and the secret cottage into which she pours her love and longing. Andrews did a great job conveying the loneliness and depression and confusion that such a child must feel, and h ...more
Jake N
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's one of the best books I've ever read. And it seems even more exciting because my mom already had read it to me once. It's about a little girl, 10 years old, like me - except she's an orphan - and she wants something of her own. She finds a little cottage in the woods and makes it her own but no one knows about it. At the end something very exciting happens, but I"m not going to tell you or it would ruin the story! - Margret age 10
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It was lent to me by a friend and when I looked at the back and saw that it was written by Julie Andrews I was really excited to read it because I love her as a actor. This was such a sweet story of a little girl who is a orphan and just wants a family of her own. I say would it has positive themes, although the girl lies a few times and deliberately disobeyed people, it is resolved in the end and it is not portrayed as a good thing. This is a good book for ages 7-12, ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was really little, and remember absolutely loving it!!!
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
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
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was so charming and sweet! I loved it and it reminded me of The Secret Garden.
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First sentence: On the outskirts of a pretty country village called St. Martin's Green, there stand a large, white house called St. Martin's orphanage.

Premise/plot: Mandy, the heroine, is a ten year old orphan. Soon after the novel opens, Mandy climbs over the wall near the orphanage and discovers a hidden-away-in-the-woods cottage. She decides the place is hers--and goes about creating a special place inside-and-out where she belongs. She cleans. She gardens. She collects. But most of all: she
Alex Lemmer
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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..................
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, favorites
This book is so warm and idealistic and lovely. When I was younger, I wanted a cottage just like Mandy's--I still do, actually, though I don't think I could put in the grueling effort of caring for it day after day like she did!

This story was one of my favorites as a child, one that makes you feel content and cozy and pleased. Always a pleasure to revisit.
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was one of my absolute "favorite" books when I first began reading chapter books. Later on, in high school and maybe even the beginning of college (pre-Amazon) I searched everywhere for this book to re-read but it was out of print. This year, I finally received a copy as a Christmas present and am SO excited! <3 ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We have been working through this as a read aloud for our family this summer. Every night we would read it, my kids would beg for another chapter. We really felt invested in Mandy and her well-being. There were also many moral questions (appropriate for my kids age, such as "was she right to lie"?) that made good additional talking points. I would highly recommend reading this as a family!
Liza Wiemer
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the first books I ever purchased with my own money. It is still on my bookshelf. I love the story of an orphan child and the opportunity for new beginnings. This book is a classic. Lessons on friendship, love, and what it means to be a family.
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: orphalins, kid-lit
Read this book as a kid, loved it, had no idea it was written by Julie Andrews.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was okay :) More for 9-10 year olds though and a bit boring....
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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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