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

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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 ...
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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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Editorial Reviews

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
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593694784
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/5/2009
  • Series: American Girl Mysteries Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 231,386
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

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    Mystery Maven.

    Something strange is going on, do you think Molly will be able to solve the mystery? This novel has enough suspense to keep readers intrigued and fascinated. You'll be "spellbound" and you will want to unravel the tale in "Clues in the Shadows" by Kathleen Ernst with Molly as the central character and "super sleuth." Enjoy!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Interesring Interesting

    It was an intersting book filled with ups and downs that got me feeling as if i were in the story. It was also very surprising and it got me going the whole story.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Great Book!

    My granddaughter loved this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    To: Great Book!, Interesting Interesting, and Mystery Maven

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, can you tell me who the intruder was? I don't have enough money right now to get it, and it dosen't say it in the sample. So, PLEASE TELL ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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