by Gail Carson Levine
Character Role Analysis
While Mandy doesn't do a lot of flashy magic like other fairy-tale fairy godmothers do, she loves Ella and helps her through all her major life transitions. Losing her mom and being shipped off to finishing school in quick succession definitely aren't too cool, but it would've been way worse if Mandy hadn't been there to comfort Ella and give her two gifts: a necklace that belonged to her mom, and a magic book that shows her happenings in other parts of the realm.
Mandy may not be able to break the spell on Ella, but she can be there to advise and nurture her along the way.