Title: Mandie and the Holiday Surprise
Author: Lois Gladys Leppard
Series: Mandie, 11
Format: ebook, bind-up
Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis: Something's not quite right at home--could Mandie's mother and stepfather be keeping an important Christmas secret?
Favourite character: N/A
Least favourite character: Mandie
Mini-review: Mandie was insufferable in this book. She was selfish, bratty and idiotic. Plus the author overused my least favourite way to explain past plots via Mandie and Joe talking about it in conversation.
The entire plot rides on two things: 1) the delay of Mandie and Joe's parents (understandable) and 2) Mandie making the same dumb decisions over and over again (unforgivable).
So basically Mandie wraps her presents (half red, half green) and puts them under the tree. Someone steals half of the presents (all the red ones) then returns them a day later with the wrapping paper all a mess. So instead of locking them and the ones under the tree away until Christmas, she rewraps them and puts them back under the tree. And she does this TWO OTHER TIMES before Joe's like "dude, stop, lock them up." Mandie should've been smarter, but this book needed a plot and apparently it was this.
Amanda "Mandie" Shaw - Emma Rayne Lyle
Joe Woodard - Diego Velazquez
Celia Hamilton - Sadie Sink
Grandmother Taft - Meryl Streep
Liza - Genneya Walton
Jason Bond - C. Thomas Howell
Miss Prudence Heathwood - Mary Steenburgen
Miss Hope Heathwood - Patricia Heaton
Mr. Chadwick - Kevin Sorbo
Thomas "Tommy" Patton - Asher Angel
Robert Rogers - Kyle Red Silverstein
Elizabeth Shaw - Malin Akerman
John Shaw - Robert Downey Jr.
Dr. Woodard - Gideon Emery
Mrs. Woodard - Danica McKellar
Uncle Ned Sweetwater - Zahn McClarnon