A Spy on the Home Front: A Molly Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)

A Spy on the Home Front: A Molly Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)

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by Alison Hart, Jean-Paul Tibbles
     
 

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During a two-week stay at Grammy and Granpa's farm in the summer of 1944, Molly spends lots of time with her good friend Anna Schulz, the daughter of German immigrants who live on a neighboring farm. When Aunt Eleanor, now a WASP pilot, stops for a visit while ferrying a warplane from one airbase to another, a security check uncovers anti-American propaganda

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During a two-week stay at Grammy and Granpa's farm in the summer of 1944, Molly spends lots of time with her good friend Anna Schulz, the daughter of German immigrants who live on a neighboring farm. When Aunt Eleanor, now a WASP pilot, stops for a visit while ferrying a warplane from one airbase to another, a security check uncovers anti-American propaganda stashed aboard her plane. The FBI interrogates Eleanor but quickly zeroes in on another suspect--Anna's 17-year-old brother Max, who works at the local airfield. Though Anna knows her brother is loyal to America, she fears he'll be sent away to an interment camp as an enemy alien, as other German-American friends have been. Molly and Anna decide that the only way to clear Max is to find the person who is smuggling propaganda. With lots of daring and a little luck, the girls manage to finger the real culprit…but they discover that that may not be enough to save Max. In a poignant ending, Molly realizes that wartime, even on the home front, changes friends and family forever.

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Children's Literature
It is the year 1944 and ten year old Molly McIntire is enjoying a summer vacation on a farm that belongs to her grandparents. Molly and her friend Anna Schultz do everything together. They have a grand time swimming, eating ice cream and sharing homemade cookies. But when the FBI pays a visit to the Schultz farm everything begins to change in a most frightening way. Anna's older brother Max is arrested by the FBI. He is accused of hiding anti-American leaflets in a P-51 fighter plane that Molly's aunt is flying to Texas. Molly determinedly sets out to discover who is responsible for hiding the leaflets. This is one of the books in the "American Girl Mysteries" series and is sure to appeal to girls who enjoy Nancy Drew and all the other American Girl books and products. 2005, Pleasant Company Publications, $ 6.95. Ages 9 up.
—Sylvia Firth

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584859888
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing, Inc
Publication date:
03/15/2004
Series:
American Girl Mysteries Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 6.94(h) x 0.51(d)
Lexile:
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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A Spy on the Home Front: A Molly Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
CheesyPrincess More than 1 year ago
A Spy on the Home Front written by Alison Hart is an American Girl mystery from the Molly McIntire collection. Molly McIntire is a young girl growing up on the home front with her family in Illinois during World War 2. But in this book, Molly is away summer vacationing with her grandparents in their house. Molly's grandparents' house is near her friend's, Anna's house, who is German. At first, everything seems to be fine. Molly is having tons of fun as usual: going swimming, playing, talking, and doing all of these things with Anna and sometimes, Anna's older brother. Molly thinks life is just perfect, and she enjoys things even more when her favorite aunt Eleanor visits her grandparents' house. Aunt Eleanor is a pilot, but suddenly, is taken away by security for questioning on a recent crime. World War 2 propaganda that is against the USA has been found on one of the planes! Aunt Eleanor is not suspected to having put the propaganda there, but she is questioned about Anna's family. Since Anna's family is German( the USA was fighting against Germany in World War 2) the piloting agents and security seem to think that Anna's brother is the culprit of putting the propaganda in the plane! Worse than that, when Molly visits Anna, Anna is in tears and so is her family. Some mysterious men had visited Anna's family and said they were under suspicion, because they were German. Molly is determined to help her friend Anna and Anna's family before it is too late, even if it means taking dangerous measures. A Spy on the Home Front has a good storyline and like all other American Girl books having anything to do with history, they have an historical section at the back of the book explaining what life was like for people who lived during World War 2. Even though it has a good storyline, author Alison Hart did a poor job of writing into a full story. The book simply doesn't have as much as mystery and excitement as the other American Girl( AG) mysteries. Who the culprit was, was much too obvious instead of unlikely and mysterious. There weren't enough clues or suspects has a real mystery, either. I would recommend the other AG mysteries to girls, but I do give three stars for the book's amazing storyline.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hope all the American girl msyteries are this exciting. Alison Hart did a super job telling about Molly and Anna. I hope to read all the others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Spy on the Homefront. Lots of intersting info and a great msytery. Best of the four Doll mysteries. A Cool read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is 5:22
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rate this book *****(five stars)!!!!is an adventurous,heartwarming Molly mystery from american girl which is great for8-10 year old girls.An absoulute page turner!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is so cool!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was soooo stupid i would never read any books with molly again! u shouldn't too if u know wat i mean!