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The Guardian Tree

Plot

In 1840, the Shaw children are orphaned and Rose, the eldest, is left in charge. They move into a cave in the roots of a tree they call the Guardian Tree because it seems to watch over them, protect them and give them advice and comfort in their fight for survival. They also have to keep their tree home secret from Matthew Crowe, the Parish beadle who means to put the younger children in the workhouse.

Guardian Tree

Notes

  • Artist: Hugh Thornton-Jones
  • First printed as text story, later updated to picture story

Appeared

  • The Guardian Tree (text story)Mandy: #300 (14 Oct.1972) – #316 (03 Feb. 1973)
  • Reprinted (as picture story) – Mandy: #439 (14 June 1975) – #453 (20 Sep. 1975)
  • Reprinted (as picture story) – Mandy: #709 (16 August 1980) – #723 (22 Nov. 1980)
  • Abridged text story reprinted – Mandy: #1000 (15 March 1986) – #1014 (21 June 1986)
  • Reprinted (as picture story) – Mandy: #1175 (22 July 1989) – #1189 (28 October 1989).
  • Reprinted as picture story  (Mandy Classic) – M&J: #230 (07 October 1995) – #244 (13 January 1996)

Other Appearances:

  • The Guardian Tree  – Mandy Annual 1976

 

Hard-Hearted Harriet

Plot

In Victorian times, Harriet Bond discovers she is living on borrowed time with an incurable illness. She devotes her remaining time to finding good homes for her brothers and sisters. To make them want to leave her, she pretends to turn hard hearted and unloving.

Harriet.jpg

Notes

  • Artist: Dudley Wynne
  • The reprint in M&J wrongly claimed the story first appeared in Mandy in 1979 when in fact it appeared in Tracy. Although Mandy did have a very similar story “The Girl Who Gave Babies Away”

Appeared

  • Hard-Hearted Harriet – Tracy:  #01 (06  Oct. 1979) – #13 (29 Dec. 1979)
  • Reprinted – Tracy: #213 (29 October 1983) – #225 (21 January 1984)
  • Reprinted (as Mandy classic) – M&J:   #74 (10 October 1992) – #87 (9 January 1993)

“I’ll Never Forgive You!”

Plot

When Carol Hastings runs away, her mother has a bad accident while looking for her. Carol’s relationship with her father becomes embittered because he blames her for the accident and swears “I’ll never forgive you!” if Mum does not recover.

never forgive you

Notes

  • Artist: Douglas Perry

Appeared

  • “I’ll Never Forgive You!” – Bunty:   #1652 (09 September 1989) – #1661 (11 November 1989)

Sally’s Secret [1981]

Plot

Sally Hunt is taken into Elmbank Children’s Home after the death of the couple who adopted her as a baby and welfare removing her from an abusive stepmother. At the home she discovers that a helper named Bella Rees is her natural mother. Sally decides to keep this secret because she wants Bella to like her for herself first. But problems keep getting in the way.

Sally 4

Notes

Appeared

  • Sally’s Secret: – Tracy:  #69 (24 January 1981) -?