Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism

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by Georgia Byng
     
 

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Molly Moon has spent her entire life in a miserable orphanage run by the hairy, snaggletoothed Miss Adderson. But when she finds a mysterious book, Molly discovers an extraordinary talent -- she can hypnotize anyone! Accompanied by Petula the pug, Molly hypnotizes her way to New York and Broadway stardom. But hot on her trail is the sinister professor, who is…  See more details below

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Molly Moon has spent her entire life in a miserable orphanage run by the hairy, snaggletoothed Miss Adderson. But when she finds a mysterious book, Molly discovers an extraordinary talent -- she can hypnotize anyone! Accompanied by Petula the pug, Molly hypnotizes her way to New York and Broadway stardom. But hot on her trail is the sinister professor, who is determined to use Molly to stage the crime of a century.

Prepare to be dazzled by this sparklingly funny and original adventure story that debuted in the UK to rave reviews and top rankings in the children's best-seller charts. This is Georgia Byng's first middle grade novel.

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First-time author Georgia Byng mesmerizes audiences with an entrancing tale about a down-and-out orphan who hypnotizes her way to big-time adventures.

Molly Moon is treated like dirt in her squat English orphanage, with only her pal Rocky, starry Qube soda ads, and the library stacks to give her comfort. After she discovers Hypnotism: An Ancient Art Explained in her favorite library spot, Molly begins learning the ropes and takes mental control of Petula, the orphanage's grumpy pug dog, and the nasty staff members. But when Molly finds out that Rocky's been suddenly adopted in New York, she hypnotizes her way to the city, into Broadway stardom, and -- unfortunately -- into a wicked professor's plot to rob a high-security bank. Thankfully, though, she and Rocky finally meet up, and with a few surprises, the two hatch a plan to set things right for themselves and for their orphanage.

A dazzling story that features a magnetic heroine with heart, Byng's adventure will lure readers from the start and won't let them go. Molly's abilities are enough to make any budding hypnotism aficionado envious, and while she uses them self-advancement in the beginning, they become a force for good as she grows as a person and as a friend. There's enough lighthearted reading here to keep any kid's eyes... from...getting...heavy.... Matt Warner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060759766
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/05/2005
Series:
Molly Moon Series, #1
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism


By Georgia Byng

HarperCollins

ISBN: 006051406X


Chapter One

Molly Moon looked down at her pink, blotchy legs. It wasn't the bathwater that was making them mottled like Spam; they were always that color. And so skinny. Maybe one day, like an ugly duckling turning into a swan, her knock-kneed legs might grow into the most beautiful legs in the world. Some hope.

Molly leaned back until her curly brown hair and her ears were under the water. She stared at the fly-specked yellow paint that was peeling off the wall and at the damp patch on the ceiling where strange mushrooms grew. Water filled her ears and the world sounded foggy and far away.

Molly shut her eyes. It was an ordinary November evening, and she was in a shabby bathroom in a crumbling building called the Hardwick House Orphanage. She imagined flying over it like a bird, looking down at its gray slate roof and its bramble-filled garden. She imagined flying higher until she was looking down on the hillside where Hardwick village lay. Up and up she went until Hardwick House became tiny. She could see the whole of the town of Briersville beyond it. As Molly flew higher and higher, she saw the rest of the country and now the coastline, too, with sea on all sides. Her mind rocketed upward until she was flying in space, looking down at the earth. And there she hovered. Molly liked to fly away from the world in her imagination. It was relaxing. And often, when she was in this state, she'd feel different.

Molly had this special feeling tonight, as if something exciting or strange were about to happen to her. The last time she'd felt special, she'd found a half-eaten packet of candy on the pavement in the village. The time before, she'd got away with watching two hours of evening television instead of one. Molly wondered what surprise would greet her this time. Then she opened her eyes and was back in the bath. She looked at her distorted reflection in the underside of the chrome tap. Oh dear. Surely she wasn't as ugly as that? Was that pink lump of dough her face? Was that potato her nose? Were those small green lights her eyes?

Someone was hammering downstairs. That was strange; no one ever mended anything in Hardwick House. Then Molly realized that the hammering was someone banging on the bathroom door. Trouble. Molly shot up and hit her head on the tap. The banging outside was very loud now, and with it came a fierce bark.

"Molly Moon, open this door at once! If you don't, I'll be forced to use a master key." Molly could hear keys rattling on a ring. She looked at the level of her bathwater and gasped. It was much too deep and well over the allowed level. She pulled the plug out and wrapped herself in her towel. Just in time. The door swung open. Miss Adderstone was in and darting to the bathtub, her scaly nose wrinkling as she discovered the deep, draining water. She rolled up her polyester sleeve and pushed the plug back in.

"As I suspected," she hissed. "Intentional flouting of orphanage rules."

Miss Adderstone's eyes glinted spitefully as she took a tape measure from her pocket. She pulled the metal strip out and, making excited slurping noises as she sucked on her loose false teeth, she measured how far Molly's bath had gone over the red line painted round the sides of the tub. Molly's teeth chattered. Her knees were now turning blue and blotchy, and the palms of her hands began sweating, as they always did whenever she was excited or nervous.

Miss Adderstone shook the tape measure, dried it on Molly's shirt, then snapped it shut. Molly braced herself to face the wiry spinster, who, with her short gray hair and hairy face, looked more like a Mr. than a Miss.

"Your bath is thirty centimeters deep," Miss Adderstone announced. "Allowing for the amount that had already been deceitfully run out while I was knocking at the door, I calculate that your bath was actually forty centimeters deep. You know that baths are only supposed to be ten centimeters deep. Your bath was four times that deep, so you have, in effect, used up your next three baths. So, Molly, you are forbidden to have a bath for the next three weeks. As for a punishment ..." Miss Adderstone picked up Molly's toothbrush. Molly's heart sank. She knew what was coming next.

Miss Adderstone glared at Molly with her dull, black eyes. Her face heaved in a monstrous way as her tongue dislodged her teeth and moved them around in her mouth before settling them back down on her gums. She thrust the toothbrush at Molly.

"This week you will be toilet monitor. I want the toilets spotless, Molly, and this is the brush you'll be using. And don't think you can get away with using the toilet brush, because I'll be watching you."

Miss Adderstone gave one last, satisfied suck on her teeth and left the room. Molly slumped down onto the side of the tub. So the something that she'd felt was going to happen tonight was simply trouble. She stared at her worn-out toothbrush, hoping that her friend Rocky would let her share his.

As she picked at a loose thread on her balding old towel, she wondered what it would be like to be wrapped up in a fluffy white towel like the ones in TV ads.

Softness is the sign, Everyone feels fine, Wash your towels in ... Clou-oud Ni-i-n-e.

Molly loved ads. They showed how comfortable and happy life could be-filled with friends-friends who were always happy to see Molly when she visited them in her mind.

Wrap yourself in luxury time Clou-oud Ni-i-n-e...

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng
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Meet the Author

Georgia Byng grew up by the river Itchen in Hampshire, England, in a large family. She started writing as a child, interviewing people who lived in the local village.

As an adult, Georgia wrote comic strips and eventually turned to writing books without pictures. She lives with the artist Marc Quinn and her children Tiger, Lucas, and Sky. Georgia has the following message for readers of this latest Molly Moon adventure: "Music is incredibly powerful. Some of it is even hypnotic. Listen and see!"

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You HAVE to read this book. If you look at this book and don't read it I will track you down and force you to buy copies for everyone in the universe. The only bad thind is that I keep forgetting to do a British accent. Well, at least no one from New Jersey or from the South is in the book. Gosh, I cannot do country accents for more than 5 seconds. Anyway, this book is the fourth best book in the world,#1 being the Bible,#2 being A Drowned Maiden's Hair,#3 beind Dragon Slippers. Yes, I just said this book is better than Harry Potter. Like, WAY way better. As I said before, you HAVE to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. I loved it's twist on reality and fiction. I highly recommend this book!!! - Hannah Anderson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was very heartwarming and funny. It makes you think of family and friends. You will be absorbed right away!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS IS A GREAT BOOK!!!!MY MOM FORCED ME TO READ IT AND I LOVED IT!!!!I LOVED IT SO MUCH NOW I HAVE READ THE WHOLE SEIRES EXSEPED 1!!!YOU HAVE TO BUY THIS AMASING COMEDY!!!IT IS ALSO HEARTWARMING!!!JOIN MOLLY AS SHE SUFFERS THE OFANAGE AND THEN NEW YORK!!!SHE BECOMES A BRODWAY STAR!!!HER PUG PETUA AND HER GO ON AMASING AVENTURES!!!!AND DON'T FORGET HER BEST FREIND ROCKY!!!YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK AND LOL!!!!!YOU WILL WANT MORE MORE MORE!!!!!!YOU HAVE TO GET THIS BOOK AND THE WHOLE SEIRES!!!IT IS AN AWESOME BOOK!!!AND IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO MICKY IS YOU HAVE TO BUY THE 4TH BOOK!!!!:-)
Lauryn Pavlik More than 1 year ago
In the beginning of this book i thought it was a little boring but i heard so many people say how good it was so i kept reading as the story went on it was awesome and now im reading the whole series i recomend this book to anyone who likes adventure and hipnotism
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. This is a book that will keep people wanting more and i say that hypnotism is a good subject to focus on in the series and i recomend it to anyone. ANYTHING IS POSSSIBLE!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was such an amazing read and i did not even imagine that there would be such a great plot twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Besy book in the world!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i got this book i thought that it would be a semi boring book but to my surprise it was farely good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I am reading the molly moon series and I am on the fourth. They are so good it felt like I was hypnotized to read the series! Ha,Ha made a joke there! :D Because the books are about hynotism, but you already knew that because of the name, I bet. Molly Moon is stepping out of the shawdows of Harry Potter and other famous characters in this amazing, action-packed series! Georgia Byng has outdone herself with these spectacular books. MOLLY MOON ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MOLLY MOON!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think I have to say my favorite character in the whole book is Molly's pug, Petula!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far this book is very very interesting i love it. I barrowed it from the public library its an awsome book. I totally reconend it to every one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luv this book the twist the turns omg it soooo cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone must read this seris its awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a VERY good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome i want to read it again i would giv this book 100,000,000,000 stars if i could so good you sould read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So exciting and suspense-building! Such a must-read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible novel for any age
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Molly Moon is a poor orphan girl but shes in for a big surprise! I can not tell you eveything so read the book to find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first of the series, and what a blistering start it makes to the saga which is Molly Moon's your life. At least on a par with Harry Potter it's a must read!
Quinn Walters More than 1 year ago
AWSOME read my review and youll know why I read this book in a book club and LOVED it it had twists and turns and lots of cliffs we would stop for a day and i could not wait for the next day to read some more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book. Iove the rest of the seiries as well. SPOILER ALERT!!!!! In one of the next few books molly finds out she has a twin brother!