Mandie And The Secret Tunnel

Monday, April 26, 2010
A young girl's father dies, her mother sends her off to work as a servant, and when she finally escapes she finds that almost everything she knew to be true about her family was based on a lie!

#1 -  Mandie And The Secret Tunnel by Lois Gladys Leppard, Bethany House, 1983
Mandie and the Secret Tunnel (Mandie, Book 1)
Genre: Historical, Mystery, Adventure
Target Audience: Girls 8-13
Subjects: Loss, God's love, family relationships, friendships
Summary: Mandie's father has just died and her mother can not afford to care for both her and her sister, so she sends her off to work as a servant. When that family talks about getting rid of her too, Mandie has her father's friend, "Uncle Ned", take her to her real uncle's house - the uncle she just learns existed. However, when she gets there she finds a few mysteries and make a few discoveries that reveal secrets hidden since her birth.
Notes: This, the first book, in the Mandie series is actually quite good. Eventually the series gets somewhat tiring as the character never grows or matures, but each book if taken in of itself is good. Mandie learns a valuable lesson about trusting God in this book. When her father dies she takes that as a sign that God does not love her any longer. Later, she recalls a memory verse "What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee" and realizes God never left or stopped loving her just because bad things happened. He was still there, loving and caring for her in the midst of the pain. 
Also, this book has recently been made into a movie - as usual, the story has quite a few differences, but is taken for itself and not compared to the book, it is pretty good - some poor acting by one actor in particular, but otherwise ok.
Mandie and the Secret Tunnel 
Recommendation Scale (book): 4
Reviewer: J:-)mi


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