This first mystery book in the "Mandie: Her College Days" series by Lois Gladys Leppard is published by Bethany House Publishers, an imprint of Baker Publishing Group.
New Horizons is written for kids ages 10 to 15. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
Mandie and her friend Celia begin their first year at Charleston Ladies' College. Their excitement soon turns to frustration as they realize the other girls at school don't like them, although they have no idea why. To complicate matters, the boarding house they want to move into, to get away from other girls at the college, is said to be haunted. They decide to move into the house with another friend, and together the three of them work to solve the mystery of the supposed ghost and a local burglary.
There are not a lot of blatant references to Christianity, although Mandie does go to church with her friends, and her college holds chapel every morning. Grace Wilson says she prays for Mandie's grandmother every day because of the kindness her grandmother showed Grace.
All of the authority figures in Mandie's life provide positive role models for Mandie. Her grandmother can appear a bit controlling at times, but she has Mandie's best interest in mind. Mrs. Dunnigan, who becomes a temporary authority figure in Mandie's life, treats Mandie as a member of her family, expecting Mandie to respect her rules.
If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:
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