Category Archives: Mandy

Mandy Annual 2006

Picture Stories

  • Penny’s Place (Pages: 5-14) [Art: Peter Wilkes]
  • Angel (Pages: 25-30) [Art: Dudley Wynne]
    • Reprinted from Mandy Annual 1994
  • A Dream Come True (Pages: 35-41) [Art: Guy Peeters]
    • Reprinted from Bunty Annual 1995 (A Dancer’s Dream)
  • Wee Slavey (Pages: 50-54) [Art: “B Jackson”]
  • Cinderella Jones (Pages: 77-82) [Art: Oliver Passingham]
  • The Frog Prince (Pages: 88-91) [Art: Wilf Street]
    • Reprinted from Judy Annual 1992
  • The Ghost Walk (Pages: 97-101) [Art: “B Jackson”]
    • Reprinted from Judy 1990 (The Ghost of Armley Fell)
  • A Friend for Fay (Pages: 117-125) [Art: Dudley Wynne]
    • Reprinted from Bunty Annual 1992

Text Stories

  • The Fortune-Teller (Pages: 32-33) [Art: Susannah Fishbourne]
  • Happy Birthday! (Pages: 94-95) [Art: Susannah Fishbourne]

Photo Stories

  • Sisters! (Pages: 17-22)
  • Surprise! (Pages: 65-72)
  • Odd One Out (Pages: 103-110)

Features

  • Dolpins Poster (Pages: 2-3)
  • Kittens Poster (Pages: 15)
  • A Mum is Someone Who… (Pages: 16)
  • The Name Game! Wordsearch (Pages: 23)
  • All About…Orlando (Pages: 24)
  • Simply Style! (Pages: 31)
  • Lambs Poster (Pages: 34)
  • Go with the Flow! (Pages: 42-43)
  • A Dad is Someone Who… (Pages: 44)
  • Meet Me! Leighan (Pages: 45-47)
  • Spot the Signs! (Pages: 48-49)
  • Looking Good (Pages: 55-57)
  • We Love Animals! It’s a Fact… (Pages: 58-59)
  • We Love Animals! It’s a Fact… (Pages: 60-61)
  • Once Upon a Time…. (Pages: 62-63)
  • Horses Poster (Pages: 64)
  • A Sister is Someone Who… (Pages: 73)
  • The Bear Facts! (Pages: 74-75)
  • All About…Kiera (Pages: 76)
  • Meet Me! Sophie and Katie (Pages: 83-85)
  • Puzzle Time! (Pages: 86-87)
  • Go with the Flow! (Pages: 92-93
  • Birds Poster (Pages: 96)
  • Merry Christmas! Wordsearch (Pages: 102)
  • A Brother is Someone Who… (Pages: 111)
  • Summer Sizzlers! (Pages: 112-113)
  • Time Out! Quiz (Pages: 114-115)
  • Dogs Poster (Pages: 116)
  • Husky Pups Poster (Pages: 126-127)

*A Mum/Dad/Sister/Brother is Someone Who… is reprinted from Judy Annual 1992

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Mandy Annual 2005

Picture Stories

  • Penny’s Place (Pages: 5-11) [Art: Peter Wilkes]
  • Angel (Pages: 25-30) [Art: Dudley Wynne]
    • Reprinted from Mandy Annual 1994
  • A Friend for Keeps! (Pages: 55-58) [Art: Leslie Branton]
    • Reprinted from Mandy Annual 1994
  • Wee Slavey (Pages: 83-90) [Art: “B Jackson”]
  • The Bargain (Pages: 97-103) [Art: Carlos Freixas]
    • Reprinted from Mandy Annual 1995 (The Gift Horse)
  • Cool! (Pages: 113-115) [Art: Peter Wilkes]
    • Reprinted from Mandy Annual 1995 (M&J)
  • The Visitor (Pages: 119-125) [Art: Eduardo Feito]

Text  Stories

  • Let’s Dance! (Pages: 36-37)
  • Follow Me! (Pages: 94-95)

Photo Stories

  • The Talent (Pages: 15-19)
  • Good Move! (Pages: 41-48)
  • Sounds Right! (Pages: 73-77)
  • Looking Good! (Pages: 106-109)

Features

  • Lion Poster (Page: 2-3)
  • Hand-tastic! (Pages: 12-14)
  • Red Faced! (Pages: 20-21)
  • Pets! Pets! Pets! (Pages: 22-23)
  • Take Off! (Pages: 24)
  • Piglet Poster (Pages: 31)
  • Tree-mendous! (Pages: 32-33)
  • Funky Puzzles! (Pages: 34-35)
  • It’s Magic! (Pages: 38-40)
  • Bunny Poster (Pages: 49)
  • Mandy’s Mega A to Z (Pages: 50-51)
  • Clear Round (Pages: 52-53)
  • Hi, There! (Pages: 54)
  • Starscope (Pages: 59)
  • Big Sister! (Pages: 60)
  • Mmm! Flapjacks (Pages: 61)
  • Mirror, Mirror! (Pages: 62-63)
  • In the Spotlight (Pages: 64-65)
  • Who’s Your Spooky Pal? (Pages: 66-67)
  • Mandy’s Mega A to Z (Pages: 68-69)
  • Boredom Beaters! (Pages: 70-71)
  • Starscope (Pages: 72)
  • Red Faced! (Pages: 78-79)
  • All About You! (Pages: 80-82)
  • So You Want to Be… (Pages: 91-93)
  • Cat Poster (Pages: 96)
  • Pick a Puzzle! (Pages: 104-105)
  • It’s a Doodle! (Pages: 110-111)
  • Bird Poster (Pages: 112)
  • It’s Christmas! (Pages: 116-117)
  • Starscope (Pages: 118)
  • Bear Poster (Pages: 126-127)

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Mandy Annual 2004

Picture Stories

  • Penny’s Place (Pages: 5-10, 65-69) [Art: Peter Wilkes]
  • Angel (Pages: 27-32) [Art: Dudley Wynne]
    • Reprinted from Mandy Annual 1994
  • Lost in the Mist (Pages: 36-38) [Art: J. Badia]
  • Lonely! (Pages: 57-62) [Art: Eduardo Feito]
  • The Lucky Locket (Pages: 85-93) [Art: Guy Peeters]
    • Reprinted from Mandy Annual 1992
  • Perfect! (Pages: 113-118) [Art: Veronica Weir]
    • Reprinted from Mandy Annual 1994 (The Perfect Pony)

*Note: Angel is reprinted from Mandy Annual 1994 which was a 3 part story, 1st part is reprinted here and next 2 parts are reprinted in 2005 & 2006 annuals respectively.

Text Stories

  • The Christmas Box (Pages: 24-25) [Art: Susannah Fishbourne]
  • Bullies! – a reader’s story (Pages: 52)
  • The Nail Party (Pages: 94-95) [Art: Susannah Fishbourne]

Photo Stories

  • Let’s Pretend! (Pages: 15-19)
  • Beauty and the Beast (Pages: 44-49)
  • The Borrower (Pages: 97-105)
  • I Spy! (Pages: 120-125)

Features

  • Eyes Down! (Pages: 11)
  • In Colour! (Pages: 12-13)
  • Are You Starry-Eyed? (Pages: 14)
  • Let’s Visit…France (Pages: 20-21) [Art: Susannah Fishbourne]
  • Its Christmas (Pages: 22-23)
  • Koala Poster (Pages: 26)
  • Cat Deeley Poster (Pages: 33)
  • Pressies for Pets (Pages: 34-35)
  • Brown Bears (Pages: 39)
  • In Colour! (Pages: 40-41)
  • Let’s Visit…Switzerland (Pages: 42-43) [Art: Susannah Fishbourne]
  • Happy Families? (Pages: 50-51)
  • Giraffes (Pages: 53)
  • Meet the Girls From Byker Grove (Pages: 54-56)
  • Are You a Perfect Star? (Pages: 63)
  • Lion Cub Poster (Pages: 64)
  • Games for a Laugh! (Pages: 70-71)
  • Let’s Visit…Spain (Pages: 72-73) [Art: Susannah Fishbourne]
  • Kangaroos (Pages: 74)
  • Class Act! (Pages: 75-77)
  • Work it Out! (Pages: 78-79)
  • Lost for Words? (Pages: 80-81)
  • In Colour! (Pages: 82-83)
  • Seal (Pages: 84)
  • Who’s Your Perfect Pal? (Pages: 96)
  • In Colour! (Pages: 106-107)
  • Your Year! (Pages: 108)
  • Puzzled? (Pages: 109)
  • Let’s Visit…The British Isles (Pages: 110-111) [Art: Susannah Fishbourne]
  • Liberty X Poster (Pages: 112)
  • Puzzle Answers (Pages: 119)

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Mandy Annual 1980

Picture Stories

  • The Willing Hands of Meg Smith (Pages: 4-9) [Art: Claude Berridge]
  • Mum’s Bargains (Pages: 11-16) [Art: Tom Hurst]
  • The Girl in the Mirror (Pages: 17-26, 49-54, 81-86, 97-106)
  • Gail’s Guardian Angel (Pages: 28-31)
  • Julie the Joiner (Pages: 32) [Art: Bill Ritchie]
  • Rikki’s Radio (Pages: 33-43, 65-75, 113-120)
  • You Little Monkey! (Pages: 44-48) [Art: Wilf Street]
  • Paula’s Pictures (Pages: 59-64) [Art: Hugh Thornton-Jones]
  • My Bionic Budgie! (Pages: 77-80) [Art: Robert MacGillivray]
  • Skateboard Sally (Pages: 88-89)
  • Twin Trouble (Pages: 90-95)
  • It’s a Dare! (Pages: 122-126) [Art: George Martin]

Text Stories & Rhymes

  • Warning Tale: Boy Bother (Page: 27)
  • Odd One Out (Pages: 55-58) [Art: George Martin]
  • Warning Tale: Cycle Care (Pages: 87)
  • Mandy’s Moments (Pages: 96) [Art: Peter Kay]
  • Warning Tale: Dance Disaster (Pages: 107)
  • Competition Crazy (Pages: 108-112)

Features

  • Feathered Friends (Pages: 10)
  • Wild Flowers (Pages: 76)
  • Animal Chain (Pages: 121)

 

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Mandy Annual 1978

Picture Stories

  • “It’s a Dare!” (Pages: 6-11)
  • Rita the Record Breaker (Pages: 12-15) [Art: Tom Hurst]
  • Tuesday’s Child (Pages:17-23, 43-47, 81-87, 105-111) [Art: Len Potts]
  • Penny of P.A.W.S. (Pages:27-32)
  • Jo and Jeannie (Pages: 33-37) [Art: Richard Niellands]
  • The Secret of Clumsy Kate (Pages: 49-56)
  • The Slave Girls (Pages: 58-63)
  • The Girl Who Never Was (Pages: 65-73) [Art: Andrew Wilson]
  • Charmette (Pages: 75-80)
  • Tina of Task Force (Pages: 92-97) [Art: George Martin]
  • Brenda’s Book of Knowledge (Pages: 98-101) [Art: Claude Berridge]
  • Crystal Ball (Pages: 104)
  • That Bad Dog – Rex! (Pages: 113-118) [Art: Wilf Street]
  • Brampton’s Big Noise (Pages: 120-125) [Art: Guy Peeters]

Text Stories & Rhymes

  • Grim Warning – The Perils of Slimming (Pages: 16)
  • The Thing with Long Fingers (Pages: 24-25)
  • Grim Warning –  A Toothy Topic (Pages: 26)
  • My Own Brother! (Pages: 38-41)
  • Grim Warning: Nail Tale (Pages: 42)
  • Grim Warning –  Untidiness! (Pages: 57)
  • Grim Warning –  Hair Care! (Pages: 74)
  • Grim Warning –  Scruffy Story (Pages: 88)
  • A Change of Heart (Pages: 89-91)
  • Present Problems (Pages: 102-103)
  • Grim Warning –  Over-Eating (Pages: 119)

Features

  • It’s Magic! (Pages: 2-3, 126-127) [Art: Peter Kay]
  • Puzzle Page (Pages: 48)
  • A Do-It-Yourself Christmas (Pages: 64)
  • How to Make Woolly Folk (Pages: 112)

 

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Mandy Annual 1975

Picture Stories

  • The Farmer Wants A Wife (Pages: 6-11) [Art: Bernard Greenbaum?]
  • The Slave Girls (Pages: 12-16)
  • The Sign Of The Acorn [3 parts] (Pages: 18-22, 49-58, 97-107) [Art: Claude Berridge]
  • Stella Starr – Policewoman From Space (Pages: 23-28) [Art: John Richardson]
  • Polly’s Piglet (Pages: 34-37) [Art: Richard Neillands]
  • Della in the Dark (Pages: 38-43) [Art: Guy Peeters]
  • Charley Boy! (Pages: 44-47) [Art: Geoffrey Whittam]
  • Terry’s Ferry (Pages: 60-64) [Art: Geoff Jones]
  • I Want To Be A Witch! (Pages: 70-73) [Art: Tom Hurst]
  • One Day In Rome (Pages: 74-80) [Art: “B Jackson”]
  • Netta’s Newshound (Pages: 82-85)
  • Ellen of Elmswood Farm (Pages: 86-91) [Art: Tony Higham]
  • Here Come The Mini-Mounties (Pages: 92-96)
  • Swinging Sue (Pages: 113-118) [Art: Tony Higham]
  • Little Phantom Of The Opera (Pages: 119-125) [Art: Dudley Wynne]

Text Stories

  • The Guardian Tree (Pages: 29-32)
  • Sheena And Her Stories (Pages: 65-69)
  • The Girl with the Smile (Pages: 108-112) [Art: George Martin]

Features

  • Mandy’s A B C In Rhyme Of Ways She Likes To Pass The Time[7 parts] (Pages: 2-3, 17, 33, 48, 59, 81,126-127)

 

* Thanks to Kaylana for information and cover picture

Mandy Annual 1973

Picture Stories

  • Mandy (Pages: 2-3, 96, 126-127) [Art: Peter Kay]
  • With Love from Lindy (Pages: 6-16) [Art: Dudley Wynne]
  • Caesar and Cleo (Pages: 17-23) [Art: Claude Berridge]
  • Little Miss No-Name [4 parts] (Pages: 24-28, 52-58, 74-80, 108-112)
  • Carol’s Cauldron (Pages: 33-36)
  • The Ghost of Sunday Manor (Pages: 37-42) [Art: “B Jackson”]
  • Carrie Chase – Girl Reporter (Pages: 43-48) [Art: Bernard Greenbaum?]
  • Late Kate (Pages: 49)
  • Elsie’s Elephant (Pages: 65-69)
  • Melinda – You’re A Marvel (Pages: 81-87) [Art: Tom Hurst]
  • Terry and her Trike (Pages: 88-91) [Art: Guy Peeters]
  • Mona’s Monkey (Pages: 92-95)
  • Tessa Pulls Her Weight (Pages: 97-102) [Art: Tony Higham]
  • The Singing Hinneys (Pages: 113-117) [Art: Richard Neillands]
  • Mighty Minnie (Pages: 118-125) [Art: Leslie Branton]

Text Stories

  • Lost Property (Pages: 29-32) [Art: George Martin]
  • Pirates Ahoy! (Pages: 50-51)
  • The Cave of Zuma (Pages: 59-64)
  • Beagle for Sale (Pages: 70-73)
  • The Girl with the Smile (Pages: 103-107)

 

* Thanks to Kaylana for information and cover picture

Share and Share Alike! [1988]

  • Share and Share Alike! – Mandy PSL: #121 [1988]
  • Reprinted – Mandy PSL: #269
  • Cover Art: Norman Lee
  • Inside Art: Tom Hurst

Plot

Sheila and Sharon Terry are twins that are constantly fighting, much to the exasperation of their parents. While they know their daughters do actually care for each other, they are  also fiercely competitive and jealous. They don’t like to see each other get what they think is favoritism. Whether it’s Dad cleaning Sharon’s bike, or Mom making Sheila her favourite sandwiches for lunch. Each perceives the other as having the jealousy problem and their parents have had enough. They tell them from now on everything will be shared and they will get treated exactly the same. The twins are delighted and finally agree that this is what they always wanted.

They are soon to realise it’s not as great a deal as they initially thought,  when at breakfast the next morning they do get exactly the same thing – but it’s something neither of them like. Mom’s logic being they can at least agree on that. Then on the way to school Sharon gets a puncture, and receives lines for being late. Dad’s not going to help her fix the bike because he’s tired of being accused of favourtism. But Mom makes Sheila help so they can share the burden and they even make her write out lines. This trend continues so when a dog causes Sharon to drop shopping breaking jars, they both have to pay. The girls are aware that their parents think they are clever, but they figure they can out smart them by upping the “share and share alike” mentality. They go for a boat trip and when dad comes looking for them they say they haven’t returned because they were using one oar, rowing in circles! When they do exactly same work at school, resulting in a letter from the headmistress, Mom thinks they should call it off but Dad is not broken so easily. He clears things up with the headmistress, and lets the wins know schoolwork is not to be shared.

Perhaps because they are working together to try and outsmart their parents, it ends up having the desired affect of them actually getting along. But then this is quickly undone when when Sheila waits for Sharon after school, and Sharon thinks she’s already gone home. The reason Sharon was delayed was Miss Brett called her over to tell her they have both been selected to cross country competition and Sharon had asked Sheila to wait for her. (This is a bit odd as they were both selected and Sheila was also right there, why didn’t Miss Brett talk to the both of them?!) Now they both intend to win and are more competitive than ever! Then during training, Sheila takes a risk trying to pass Sharon out and falls into the river. Sharon jumps after them and together they make it to shore but Sheila gets sick after. Luckily it’s not too serious but it does mean she is out of the race. On the day of the race Sharon is uncharacteristically quiet. Sharon has a tough race ahead of her and back home Sheila can picture the race and where Sharon would be. Sharon feels Sheila willing her on and is determined to win for both of them. She succeeds and at home the twins are delighted and they will share the cup. Their parents are optimistic that this is the end of their feud.

Thoughts

Favouritism can be a sensitive issue, whether it’s justified or not. There may be a slight issue here of a parent doing extra for a daughter at times but certainly not to any extreme and it’s clear the parents love both daughters. I am reminded of another picture story library book Unfair to Favourites although in that case there is a clear case of favouritism and the sisters get along fine, the resolution is also through a sport (gymnastics).  In this story what the twins perceive of favourtism is made worse by their jealousy. It is when the “share and share alike” rule is brought in, it shows how petty some of their complaints were. Such as arguing about who took the last of the marmalade or toast when they could both be given cereal they don’t like instead for breakfast.

It is a clever idea by the parents, although it seems Dad is much more willing to see it through no matter what! It is fun to see Sharon and Sheila try to outsmart their parents. It’s a pity their teamwork is in a fragile state that it breaks down after argument and they become competitive over race. Then when Sheila nearly drowns things change, perhaps they take mom’s talking to, to heart or it’s the realisation that they would not want to lose each other, but whatever the reason the twins grow closer. Sharon and Sheila feel connected during the race and Sheila knows Sharon has won even before they get the phone call. It’s hard to tell if the “share and share alike” rule did help overall or if this would have happened anyway when they were both picked for cross country. In any case at the end of the story Mom and Dad decide it’s best not to make a big deal out of dropping the rule, but I’d hope that even if they did bring it up that Sharon and Sheila’s relationship is stronger to survive that now.

Misfit Margo [1979]

  • Misfit Margo –  Mandy: #625 (6 January 1979) – #634 (10 March 1979)
  • Artist: Dudley Wynne

Plot

Thirteen year old, Margo Ashley has everything a girl could ask for, as well as loving parents, a good home and friends. Then her parents are killed in a plane crash and despite their wealth they never prepared for such an event, spending as much as was earned so there is no money left. Then the shocks keep coming as she discovers she was actually adopted. Her biological parents, the Taylors, gave Margo up for private adoption after Mrs Taylor had an accident and Mr Taylor lost his job, they believed they couldn’t look after her. But now they want to give her a home along with their 3 children Linda, 11, Julie, 9 and  Gary, 8. It is a big adjustment for Margo to move into their small estate house and accept this new family. She senses their sincerity and is willing to try, but of course she’s still adapting to the tragedy of losing her parents and because of her nervousness and posh voice she comes off as stand offish to the others. It’s not helped by the Taylors knowing she is used to nicer things try to make her more at home but end up alienating her from the other children. Mrs Taylor is guilty of this in particular, such as wanting to use the good teacup for Margo and making up her bed in the mornings. Margo accidentally puts her foot in it when she mentions not knowing where she can keep all her things as the bedroom is smaller than she’s used to. This upsets Julie as her parents moved out of the bigger bedroom so Margo could have it.

Mr and Mrs Taylor try and get the others to give Margo a chance, so they are more polite but this just makes Margo feel like more of an outcast, they are sitting around like strangers. Linda being closest to her age and also being  hot headed means that her and Margo clash the most. Linda does have loyalty to her family so she does stick up for Margo when her friends make comments, but some misunderstandings lead to Linda being more against her. Firstly Margo wants to keep her “Ashley” name, Linda thinks it’s because Margo thinks Taylor sounds too common, but in fact Margo isn’t ready to let go of her parents name just yet, especially after all the changes. When some other girls make spiteful comments, Margo runs away in tears and bumps into Mr Taylor, she cries for her Dad but when Mr Taylor tries to comfort her, the strain of the day makes Margo yell that he is not her father. Linda who had gone to check on Margo, hears this and all her good intentions are gone again.

Things begin to get better after trip to cinema and going out for fish and chips. Margo takes a few days off school and buys her mother an expensive brooch as a birthday present, as she does feel grateful for her and Mr Taylor. But then Mr Taylor buys his wife a cheaper brooch, that he could afford and not wanting him to feel bad, Margo doesn’t give her gift, making the others think she is mean and ungrateful. Later the Taylors have a birthday party and Margo again feels out of place, so when old friends the Lathems show up she is pleased to see them. When they invite her out for dinner Margo thinks everyone will have better fun without her, though in fact Mrs. Taylor was hoping Margo would choose to stay at the party. Margo doesn’t have a great time at dinner either, because now the Lathems snobbery shows, saying how sorry they are that she has to live in such a small place with commoners. Margo sticks up for her family and she believes that will be the end of her friendship with the Lathems.

Feeling she will never fit in Margo decides to runaway but her parents stop her and after a talk, she feels even closer to them. Mother insists that Linda keep Margo company in school, Margo feels that is unfair for Linda to get lumbered with her so she tries to avoid her. When Linda finds out why she is doing this, they finally have a breakthrough and they grow closer. Bt then when they are both invited on holiday with old friends of Margos, their progress threatens to be undone because of the spiteful Paula. The Hartleys and their daughter are lovely people but their niece Paula who is staying with them is a snob and stirs up trouble for Linda. Linda gets to know how it feels to be a misfit, but that makes her lash out. Paula wrecks Lady Hartley’s flowerbed and puts Linda’s hankerchief near it in order to set it up. Margo finds it first and she doesn’t believe Linda would do such a thing so she hides the evidence and takes the blame. Paula accidentally slips up and after getting a full confession is sent home. Linda and the other Taylors are impressed at Margo’s loyalty to the family and Margo calls the Taylors Mom and Dad for the first time, finally she feels accepted and part of the family.

Thoughts

This is a good family drama story, with plenty of conflict and emotional pull to keep the reader invested.  It’s no surprise that Margo finds it hard to fit in after such upheaval and despite her new parents’ efforts, there are misunderstandings on both sides. While initially Margo has reservations about the people who gave her up, after meeting them and hearing their explanation, she quickly warms to them. Mr and Mrs Taylor are kind and welcoming, but their efforts to make Margo feel at home, (particularly Mrs Taylor) can actually make her stand out more from the others. Such as Mrs Taylor wanting to use the better cups, and at first thinking that fish and chips would be too common after the cinema. While the story centres on how Margo feels out of place in her new family, the biggest conflict is with herself and new sister, Linda. Margo is a nice girl, with no thoughts of grandeur, so she draws sympathy from the reader and while Linda may come across as antagonistic at times, you can certainly see her viewpoint too.

It seems initially Julie could have made a good ally,  as she is the one who thinks Margo would feel more part of family using same cups as everyone else, but mistakes, and a tendency to follow Linda’s lead means their good start is damaged. With Linda being closer in age and hot-tempered it makes more sense to see her and Margo clashing, so we actually don’t get a lot of time with Margo and her other siblings. It’s interesting to see a reversal of the situation, when Linda goes on holiday with Margo. Similarly she is sensitive about being a misfit, but their reactions are different, as Linda automatically gets defensive. It was good to see Linda and Margo were already getting closer, when Paula enters and nearly undoes everything. It could have easily had a villain undermining things all along but I’m glad she was used just as a climax, to further prove Margo would stand by her family. I was also glad it wasn’t just this one event that made Linda change her mind about Margo, that they had already made progress in their relationship. It makes the story flow better that way.

Dudley Wynne, often drew emotional stories, and he captures the family dynamics and Margo’s loneliness well here. There are some very heart-rending scenes such as when Margo breaks down, crying for her Dad, and Mr Taylor comforts her, you can certainly see his hurt when she rebuffs him, but understand that it wasn’t intentional on her part. All the family are very relatable and as a reader you just want them to speak to each other and clear up the misunderstandings, but you are never frustrated with the characters, because you can understand how they’ve got to this point. Paula is a typical devious, snobbish character, which is fine, but as I mentioned I’m glad she was only in the last few episodes. The other snobs, the Lathems, are interesting as when we first meet them they look after Margo after her parents death and seem like nice people, so it’s surprising to see their prejudices when outside of their own environment. It is a well written character focused story.