A great read for its age group, but with some stereotypes.
Mandie Shaw's father has just died and her Indian friend Uncle Ned takes her to her Uncle John's mansion to live. But when she arrives she finds her uncle is dead. So begins the search for his will and the arrival of strangers, all claiming to be relatives of John Shaw. Can Mandie, with help of her friends Joe and Polly, find her Uncle's will?
Mandie usually listens to Uncle Ned when he rebukes her. Some of the characters lie about being related to Mr. Shaw, but in the end their sins are found out.
Mandie's favorite Bible verse is quoted when she is scared. Part of the plot involves her doubts over whether or not God really loves her.
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Crude or Profane Language or Content
Mandie is a bright and loving young girl who has her moments of anger, but always works them out one way or another. This is a clean book for the age group it was written for and somewhat in the line of Gertrude Warner's "Boxcar Children" series, but despite its Christian values, throughout the series Mandie does sporadically disobey her parents and the rules set over her in order to solve a mystery. Otherwise, the books are acceptable reads.
Note from the Editor:
Though this book and those that follow clearly do not sanction racism, Indians and black people are portrayed rather stereotypically - a complaint voiced by many critics and readers.