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Mandie And The Secret Tunnel (1983)

Mandie and the Secret Tunnel (1983)

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0871233207 (ISBN13: 9780871233202)
bethany house publishers

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Oh mandie. This book series was literally the light of my elementary to middle school years. It marked a time of innocence. I remember the serious anticipation i had as i waited each week for my book to arrive at the library. This is a great book for anyone young. It builds moral fiber. It is Christian, and sticks to Christian beliefs. However, even if one is not of the christian faith the morals are all for the greater good of society and the religious factor, though integral, could be over looked depending on the person. It is not a pushy religious book. It has mystery, and lessons, and even a little tiny romance. and i hesitate to use that word, especially since it is not evident until eons of books later. My mom loved when i read these books. It is the equivalent of snuggling up in your favorite pajamas, being on summer break, and bathing in the bliss of childhood ignorance. I LOVED these books, and still do. My kids will be reading them, i hope my grandchildren will be too.

Every now and then you stumble upon something that changes your life. C.S. Lewis refers to it as joy. I'm not sure what to call it, but "Mandie and the Secret Tunnel" represents the beginning for me. I was seven or eight when I first read it, the summer before I'd started reading and haven't stopped since. I remember the day Mom took me up to the 'big kid' section to find chapter books, suggesting this one for me, taking it home. It was boring at first, but by the time I was ten or eleven, I had read every single book in the series and possitively adored Mandie. Maybe I would have loved historical fiction without it, but surely my adoration for mysteries would never have become what it did. I've read Sherlock Holmes, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Three Investigators, Trixie Belden, etc. yet I will honestly say, the Mandie series, represented by this book, was a life changing step for me.

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This book is pretty much why I fell in love with this series. It is to me a different version of Nancy Drew, but more unique to a younger group of kids. Mandie, short for Amanda, is eleven years old in turn of the century mountains of North Carolina. Her daddy has died, and she thinks that God has stopped loving her. With the help of Uncle Ned, she manages to get away from the horrid family that her mother sent her to after she got remarried. Mandie ends up living at her Uncle John's home, and t
—Caedy Eries

I was introduced to the Mandie series through my church's library. The books were so neatly lined up and my friends (even boys) were reading them so I checked them out. I was about 10 or 11. The first book I read was number 3 or 4 in the series, but the next one I read was this first one- Mandie and the Secret Tunnel. Right from the start this book had me. I have always been a softy for someone who looses a parent. I guess the biggest thing I learned from this book was that my life was pretty boring- comparatively. But reading it this second time all grown up- I learned to trust God. Especially when everything looks like it is going wrong. I need to love God even when it feels like He does not love me. More from me-
—Larissa Langsather

I've always loved this book. I read it and the whole series many times as a young girl, and again just recently as a mom. I was rather disappointed this time around, however, with the series; it was unsettling for me to notice the blatant disobedience and sneaking out (often without consequences or even an addressing of the fault) among other things common throughout the series. Mandie is not the best of role models for girls...I enjoyed her adventures as a child and I don't think they affected me negatively; however, I would recommend reading these books yourself before putting them into the hands of a young girl, or reading them with her so you can discuss Mandie's attitudes and choices. Honestly though, there are much better books out there for girls (for instance, the Grandma's Attic books by Arleta Richardson, anything by Louisa May Alcott and Lucy Maud Montgomery, the Hattie Marshall books by Debra Smith, Katie's World by Karen Mezek, to name a few).

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