Archive for April, 2012

A Library Card: Your Ticket to Finding Good Books

In Today’s Buzz, I am going to talk about one of the best ways to find great books. Of course you can go to the bookstore and find the latest books, but that can get pretty expensive. There’s a great source that’s probably not very far away from you: your local library! Many of the books that I review are books from the library. In fact, I have my own library card with my name on it. I can check out my own books and my Mom isn’t even allowed to see what books I’ve checked out! Recently, my mom and I went with my sister to the library to get my sister a library card. When we got to the front desk this is what the librarian told us:

Requirements:

  • You must be 5 years and up
  • You must know how to write your full name all by yourself

So really, getting a library card isn’t that hard. So, Happy Reading and may the world introduce you to some wonderful books!

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The Mandie Series

For those of you who have been sitting on pins and needles to figure out what my all-time favorite book series is, please listen for the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Today I’m going to introduce you to…(drumroll please) The Mandie Series by Lois Gladys Leppard!

This mystery series is set in the mountains of North Carolina in the early 1900’s and follows Mandie Shaw in her adventures. When Mandie’s dad died, it seemed like that was the end of the world to her. But her good Cherokee friend, Uncle Ned, helps Mandie escape from her stepmom, who treats her terribly. She sets out to find her Uncle John and discovers her real mother, who her father was previously married to.  My favorite character in the books is Celia, because when Mandie goes to finishing school, she doesn’t know anyone, but then a shy girl from Richmond, Virginia comes along, and she becomes Mandie’s best friend. I like how Celia is always there for Mandie whenever she goes on an adventure. I also like Snowball, Mandie’s cat, who was a gift to Mandie from her dad before he died. Snowball is also in every Mandie mystery and usually finds a lot of helpful clues. Go Snowball!

The reading level for this series is 8 and up. There are 40 books in the series, and I am going to list them all, because I love to type.  The books were out of print, but now some of the first ones are back in Christian book stores, because there have been a couple of movies made out of the first books. My favorite book is Mandie and the Fiery Rescue, which is set in Ireland, and it ends with Mandie rescuing a little girl from a burning building, and Mandie’s grandmother ends up adopting the girl as her own.

  1. Mandie and the Secret Tunnel
  2. Mandie and the Cherokee Legend
  3. Mandie and the Ghost Bandits
  4. Mandie and the Forbidden Attic
  5. Mandie and the Trunk’s Secret
  6. Mandie and the Medicine Man
  7. Mandie and the Charleston Phantom
  8. Mandie and the Abandoned Mine
  9. Mandie and the Hidden Treasure
  10. Mandie and the Mysterious Bells
  11. Mandie and the Holiday Surprise
  12. Mandie and the Washington Nightmare
  13. Mandie and the Midnight Journey
  14. Mandie and the Shipboard Mystery
  15. Mandie and the Foreign Spies
  16. Mandie and the Silent Catacombs
  17. Mandie and the Singing Chalet
  18. Mandie and the Jumping Juniper
  19. Mandie and the Mysterious Fisherman
  20. Mandie and the Windmill’s Message
  21. Mandie and the Fiery Rescue
  22. Mandie and the Angel’s Secret
  23. Mandie and the Dangerous Imposters
  24. Mandie and the Invisible Troublemaker
  25. Mandie and her Missing Kin
  26. Mandie and the Schoolhouse Secret
  27. Mandie and the Courtroom Battle
  28. Mandie and Jonathan’s Predicament
  29. Mandie and the Unwanted Gift
  30. Mandie and the Long Good Bye
  31. Mandie and the Buried Stranger
  32. Mandie and the Seaside Rendezvous
  33. Mandie and the Dark Alley
  34. Mandie and the Tornado!
  35. Mandie and the Quilt Mystery
  36. Mandie and the New York Secret
  37. Mandie and the Night Thief
  38. Mandie and the Hidden Past
  39. Mandie and the Missing Schoolmarm
  40. Mandie and the Graduation Mystery