Clues in the Shadows: A Molly Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)

Clues in the Shadows: A Molly Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)

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by Kathleen Ernst
     
 

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Molly still does her her patriotic duty to help America win World War Two, but in the spring of 1945 she's weary and troubled. Dad is home safe . . . but he seems different now. Her favorite Red Cross leader abruptly quits. Her archrival, Ronnie Vanko, is driving her crazy. And now someone is sneaking into the backyard shed and messing with the scrap she's… See more details below

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Molly still does her her patriotic duty to help America win World War Two, but in the spring of 1945 she's weary and troubled. Dad is home safe . . . but he seems different now. Her favorite Red Cross leader abruptly quits. Her archrival, Ronnie Vanko, is driving her crazy. And now someone is sneaking into the backyard shed and messing with the scrap she's collecting for the latest wartime drive. Who is the intruder: Ronnie, her own brother Ricky--or a prowler she spied in the night?

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Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
While American troops are away fighting in World War II, Americans at home are busy with war effort activities. Molly McIntire's family is no exception. Her father treats the wounded at the Veteran's Hospital and her mother volunteers for the Red Cross. Molly and her brother do what they can to help. When General Eisenhower's Waste Paper Collection program is announced, Molly is determined to collect the necessary one thousand pounds of paper so that she can receive the special medal. She stores the collected paper in a shed in her backyard and is distressed to find that someone has been going through the piles. She suspects that her brother or the neighbor boy are stealing it for their own collections. Or could the scary stranger she saw in town be responsible? While solving the mystery, Molly learns the effects war can have on the soldiers and on those waiting at home. When she discovers the person responsible for her missing paper, she also learns how past secrets can haunt people and cause them to be fearful. Young readers will enjoy Molly's adventures and will also learn valuable lessons about the effect of World War II on average Americans at home. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5–In Shadows, Molly continues to do her patriotic duty by collecting scrap paper and costume jewelry and visiting the local veterans’ hospital with the Junior Red Cross, but she and others around her are growing weary of the war. Her father has returned uninjured but he isn’t his old, cheerful self; her favorite JRC leader mysteriously quits; and someone is interfering with Molly’s collections for the paper drive. Multiple red herrings interspersed throughout the story keep readers guessing until the somewhat tame denouement, and the “Looking Back” section fills in some details on life during the end of World War II. In Loon, Samantha and her adopted sister visit their Grandmary’s summer house. Samantha loves Piney Point and can’t wait to show Nellie around. Shortly after her arrival, she is dismayed to learn that her grandmother is considering selling the property after experiencing numerous maintenance problems with mysterious origins. Suspicious fires, sabotaged canoes, and other dangers give this mystery more drama and urgency than others in the series, but readers not already familiar with Samantha will have difficulty placing the setting and time period based on the book’s details. The “Looking Back” section helps to clarify some details about the attempts in the 1900s to develop this land in the Adirondacks.–Natasha Forrester, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

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ISBN-13:
9781593694784
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing
Publication date:
02/05/2009
Series:
American Girl Mysteries Series
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
263,162
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.51(d)
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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