(*The author, Julie Edwards, is the actress Julie Andrews who starred in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music!)
All of her life Mandy has lived in the orphanage under the care of Matron Bridie who is very kind to her and all of the children. One day Mandy decides to climb over the stone wall on the back side of the orphanage and makes a wonderful discovery-an abandoned cottage! Over the next few months Mandy returns to the cottage to clean it and restore its surrounding garden. Mandy, however, wants to keep her discovery a secret and resorts to lying and stealing. Just how far will she go to preserve her secret?
The story ends happily but I did not care for Mandy's choices and attitude in the middle of the book. Ms. Edwards certainly reveals the burden lies can place on an individual and how one lie leads to an even bigger lie and mess.
Strategy: asking questions
Points to discuss: lying, stealing
-Borrowed from the library.