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Book Review

Mandie and the Holiday Surprise by Lois Gladys Leppard has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the 11th book in the "Mandie" series.

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Plot Summary

Mandie and her friend Celia are excited to leave school for Christmas break. Mandie's mother promised her a big surprise for Christmas, and Mandie can't wait to discover what it is. When her mother and Uncle John are delayed due to weather and can't get home until Christmas Eve, Mandie becomes even more anxious. But excitement changes to anger when her mother tells the surprise: Mandie is going to have to share her mother with a new baby.

Christian Beliefs

Characters pray, ask God for help and are healed. Mandie thanks God for her answered prayers. They attend church on Sunday, and Uncle John reads the story of Jesus' birth from the Bible on Christmas morning.

Other Belief Systems

None

Authority Roles

Mandie's grandmother plays a positive role in this story — Mandie's parents are absent through most of it. Her grandmother is responsible for her and makes Mandie aware of any selfish or harmful attitudes she has. Uncle Ned responds with love and patience to Mandie's anger over the new baby. He lovingly rebukes her with Scripture concerning her attitude, which ultimately leads to Mandie asking her mother for forgiveness.

Profanity/Violence

None

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

None

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Additional Comments/Notes

Note: In 2004, there were 40 books in the "Mandie" Series.

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Rating

Readability Age Range

9 to 14

Author

Lois Gladys Leppard

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Performance

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Platform

Publisher

Bethany House Publishers, an imprint of Baker Publishing Group

Released

On Video

Year Published

1988

Awards

Unknown

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