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review 2019-09-01 03:21
Review: Mandie and the Midnight Journey by Lois Gladys Leppard
Mandie and the Midnight Journey - Lois Gladys Leppard

Title: Mandie and the Midnight Journey
Author: Lois Gladys Leppard
Series: Mandie, 13
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: Mandie has mixed feelings when she returns home from boarding school to find a new baby brother. Her mother seems to be so wrapped up in the new baby that Mandie allows herself to wonder if her mother doesn't love her anymore. Feeling sorry for herself, Mandie packs her few belongings to leave, despite her Uncle Ned's advice.

 

Favourite character: Riley
Least favourite character: Mandie

 

Mini-review: Man was Mandie a brat in this. I wanted to shake her a couple (make that a few) times. Also, I can't believe Elizabeth's letting her go to Europe after everything she did. Like I get that Mrs. Taft already paid for everything, but they should've sent Sallie or Polly or something.

 

Fan Cast:

Amanda "Mandie" Shaw - Emma Rayne Lyle

Elizabeth Shaw - Malin Akerman

Uncle Ned Sweetwater - Zahn McClarnon

Riley O'Neal - Domhnall Gleeson

Dr. Woodard - Gideon Emery

John Shaw - Robert Downey Jr.

Joe Woodard - Diego Velazquez

Liza - Genneya Walton

Polly Cornwallis - Nikki Hahn

Morning Star Sweetwater - Irene Bedard

Grandmother Taft - Meryl Streep

Mrs. Woodard - Danica McKellar

Celia Hamilton - Sadie Sink

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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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review 2019-08-19 01:40
Review: Mandie and the Washington Nightmare by Lois Gladys Leppard
Mandie and the Washington Nightmare - Lois Gladys Leppard

Title: Mandie and the Washington Nightmare
Author: Lois Gladys Leppard
Series: Mandie, 12
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: Mandie's return to school after her eventful Christmas vacation finds her not knowing whether she will be able to accept President McKinley's invitation to the White House. After a long talk, Grandmother Taft agrees to accompany her to Washington where they will be joined by Joe and Sallie.

The first night at the White House, Mandie hears something in the hallway and is convinced that she sees George Washington who's been dead for over one hundred years! The nights that follow she sees him again in different places.

Mandie's mystery is about to turn into a gigantic surprise!

 

Favourite character: Uncle Ned & Sallie
Least favourite character: Mandie & Miss Prudence

 

Mini-review: Mandie is invited to meet the president of the USA and be in attendance for his inauguration. Most of the book is Miss Prudence and Grandmother Taft in a battle of wits as to whether or not Mandie can go to Washington or not. (Prudence no, Grandma yes.) Then when Miss Prudence caves (because Mandie is a spoiled brat who always gets her way) there is no nightmare. Also, this whole book just felt unrealistic.

 

Fan Cast:

Amanda "Mandie" Shaw - Emma Rayne Lyle
Celia Hamilton - Sadie Sink

Grandmother Taft - Meryl Streep

Miss Prudence Heathwood - Mary Steenburgen

Miss Hope Heathwood - Patricia Heaton

Uncle Ned Sweetwater - Zahn McClarnon

Joe Woodard - Diego Velazquez

Senator Morton - Donald Sutherland

April Snow - Emily Carey

Etrulia Batson - Emily Alyn Lind

Thomas "Tommy" Patton - Asher Angel

Robert Rogers - Kyle Red Silverstein

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review 2019-08-19 00:54
Review: Mandie and the Holiday Surprise by Lois Gladys Leppard
Mandie and the Holiday Surprise - Lois Gladys Leppard

Title: Mandie and the Holiday Surprise
Author: Lois Gladys Leppard
Series: Mandie, 11
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
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.

 

Fan Cast:

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

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