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review 2019-10-09 01:24
Review: Mandie and the Jumping Juniper by Lois Gladys Leppard
Mandie and the Jumping Juniper - Lois Gladys Leppard

Title: Mandie and the Jumping Juniper
Author: Lois Gladys Leppard
Series: Mandie, 18
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: When Mandie and Celia left the United States to spend the summer traveling with Mrs. Taft through Europe, they didn't expect that each new place they visited would have a mystery and adventure all its own. But since boarding the Queen Victoria, it's been one episode after another.
Traveling from Switzerland to Germany with Jonathan, Uncle Ned, and Senator Morton, they arrive at the medieval stone castle of Baroness Geissler. None of them know much about the castle, but with its many turrets, long narrow slits for windows, a drawbridge and moat, it's not a surprise when they discover there's a mystery surrounding it. A very old juniper tree that's located on the property is said to "jump" sometimes, and no one knows why.
What is the secret of the jumping tree? And why is the baroness's grandson so rude and unlikeable?
Will Snowball help them solve the mystery?

 

Favourite character: Jonathan
Least favourite character: Mandie

 

Mini-review: Reading this book I realized how incredibly racist this series is. That's a rant for another time (probably once I finish the series and can jot down some examples). As I'm sure you can tell, I wasn't impressed with this book. It felt more scandalous than past Mandie books. Glad Jonathan seems to be able to talk some sense into Mandie. But they probably should've reported Rupert.

 

Fan Cast:

Amanda "Mandie" Shaw - Emma Rayne Lyle

Celia Hamilton - Sadie Sink

Jonathan Lindall Guyer III - Louis Hynes

Grandmother Taft - Meryl Streep

Senator Morton - Donald Sutherland

Uncle Ned Sweetwater - Zahn McClarnon

Rupert Geissler - Kodi Smit-McPhee

Dorothy McSwain - Alisha Newton

Catherine - Ella Purnell

Strange Woman - Linda Hunt

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text 2019-08-21 01:15
Reading progress update: I've read 80%.
Mandie and the Jumping Juniper - Lois Gladys Leppard

I need to rant.

 

If Uncle Ned is friends with tons of white men, including Europeans and the President of the United States, why on earth can't he speak English properly? Like it's just plain racist.

 

Same goes for the servants (I keep wanting to call them slaves because that's the way they're portrayed even though slavery was abolished in the late 1800s). They were raised in the houses of white people.

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