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Mandie and the Secret Tunnel

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Intriguing 1899 family mystery marred by stereotypes.

Movie G 2009 103 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 5+

If you love the book you will like the movie.

The book is more detailed but very comparable to the movie.

This title has:

Great messages
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age 8+

Great family movie!

I think Mandie and the Secret Tunnel is a fantastic movie. It is well written and the mystery holds our attention. The time period 1899 is a time of prejudice against Native Americans. This did not change immediately. Many men were uneducated; even caucasion. Poor men learned a trade. They were happy to be employed. Thee only down side here is overacting among some minor characters.

This title has:

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In the spirit of Little House on the Prairie for its setting, and The Secret Garden for its family mystery, this story is a compelling tale about a brave girl who discovers her past. The secret tunnel and the legend that tells of Mandie's heritage are indeed interesting, but families may be put off by some troublesome stereotypes, both of Native Americans who speak in broken English ("Him sorry, Papoose") and African-American servants who seem a little too pleased with their lot.

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