Molly Moon, Micky Minus, & the Mind Machine

Molly Moon, Micky Minus, & the Mind Machine

by Georgia Byng


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She knows what you're thinking . . . no really,She knows what you're thinking.

Molly Moon is back from the future—and this time, she can read minds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060750381
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/22/2008
Series: Molly Moon Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 407
Sales rank: 228,809
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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Molly Moon, Micky Minus, & the Mind Machine

Chapter One

It was a cold February evening and storm clouds were gathering. Drawn like gray curtains over the moon, they made the night sky even darker. And high up, forty thousand feet above the fields of the countryside, violent gale-force winds began to circle and play. Billions of raindrops plumped the blackening clouds, preparing to fall.

Far below, trees were tousled by the thickening wind that whistled through their branches. And in a grand country house called Briersville Park, lights twinkled at an upstairs window.

Molly Moon was sitting with her best friend, Rocky, on a Persian carpet in the TV room. Comfortable and leaning against red beanbags, they ignored the wind that was battering the windowpanes. Gusts sent down the chimney disturbed the flames of the wood burning in the hearth, but they didn't mind at all, for they were feeling cozy and warm. In their laps were brown Chinese-takeaway boxes with the remains of a meal of rice and wontons, and in front of them was the television, switched on.

"Ballroom dancing," Rocky said, tapping the TV controls and burping, "a history program, or gardening, or . . . or him?" As he spoke the screen changed channels, ending up with a suited man hosting a magic show.

"After the break," the magician was saying, "I will blow your minds, by reading your minds and someone from the audience here will be my . . . hmmm . . . victim!" The studio audience laughed. The showman winked at the camera. "So, see you later." And at once the commercials started.

"Looks good to me," Molly said. She stretched down to the black pugwho lay quivering by her leg and scrunched its velvety ears. "Fancy some dumplings, Petula? Come on, don't be scared of the storm. We're all snug and safe in here." As Molly finished, a particularly aggressive gust banged at the window. Petula dived under Molly's legs. After a second or two the rattling subsided, and Petula looked up. On the television a very sleek pedigree Labrador dressed in a black dinner jacket and bow tie was eating his supper. Petula didn't understand about advertising. She didn't understand that this dog on the screen was there to persuade any dog owners watching to buy Champ to feed their pets. It looked like the Labrador was simply showing off and she thought that was funny.

Feeling better, Petula put her head in her paws and glanced fondly at her two human friends. Rocky, with his black skin and beautiful eyes, was definitely the most pedigreed-looking of the two. Molly was more of a mongrel creature. She was skinny with scraggly brown hair and closely set green eyes and a potato-shaped nose. The two of them had always been that way, right from when they lived in the orphanage together when they were little. Whatever Molly wore, she never looked well-groomed. To someone who didn't know her, Petula pondered, Molly really did look a most unremarkable person, which shows how deceiving looks can be. For the truth was, Molly Moon was the complete opposite.

Over the last year or so, Petula had witnessed massive changes in Molly. Only a short while ago, Molly, she knew, had thought of herself as useless. She hadn't been full of confidence like, for instance, a dog that could fetch the newspaper. But then Molly had found a book on hypnotism. Petula raised her hairy eyebrows as she thought of that amazing book. It had helped Molly reinvent herself. Molly had been like a caterpillar that turned into a butterfly. Not a beautiful butterfly, but she had certainly grown wings. For now she was a brilliant hypnotist, a time stopper, and a time traveler. And Petula had had first-paw experience of Molly doing all these things. She sighed and scratched at a tickle in her ear as she thought of what they had been through together. It had certainly been unusual.

Petula herself had once hypnotized some mice; and another time, using a time crystal, she had actually made time stand still. But that had been a fluke. Even Rocky could hypnotize using his voice, Petula knew. But he wasn't a genius at hypnotism like Molly. Petula stood up and dipped her nose into the cardboard box to nibble at a dumpling, and three mooing cows flew across the TV screen.

Rocky was now singing along to the commercial jingle.

"Choc-o-late!" he sang, with the xylophone music and the woman's voice on the television accompanying him.


Every day is a chocolate date!

Molly reached her hand into the Yong takeaway bag. As she'd hoped, there were two small parcels in there, wrapped in crisp red paper. Fortune cookie read the black inked letters across the front of them.

"Here," Molly said, tossing one into Rocky's lap, and opening her own. Inside the packet was a brown sugary biscuit. Molly bit into it and, as she did, examined the fortune written on a strip of white paper that had fallen onto the floor.

"What does it say?" Rocky asked.

"It says," Molly replied, "'The leaf that clings to the branch will block new buds.'"

"Hmmm. Mine says, 'Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.'"

"Who writes these things?" Molly wondered as she munched.

"Well, that is the question," said Rocky in a strange eerie voice, pretending to be mysterious. "Who, indeed, writes our fortunes in the book of time?"

Molly laughed. Then a commercial on the television shattered her calm. A baby in a diaper was crawling through a jungle. He was dressed in a camouflage commando outfit. He crawled on determinedly, unaware that he'd narrowly escaped the jaws of a tiger. Intent on his baby mission, he crawled through the undergrowth, past an angry hippopotamus, under a venomous snake, and over a tarantula. Finally the baby arrived in the land of babies—a safe place, where the other babies were glad to see him. There, a deep voice boomed: "Use Podgeums diapers! Put your baby first—give him the support he needs!"

Molly Moon, Micky Minus, & the Mind Machine. Copyright © by Georgia Byng. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Molly Moon, Micky Minus, & the Mind Machine 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
AprilApplesauceAge10 More than 1 year ago
This is a book that you want to read! It's a great, fun story, and I couldn't put it down. I had read the first three of this series, so I had high hopes for this one, and I was not disappointed! I already began reading the series again. Get these books!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was a point where I was reading really good books and then it stopped. Every time I went to the library , I judged a book by it's cover and wasn't really open to suggestions from my mother. But when I read the back of 'Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism' at my library , it seemed very interesting. I read the first three pages and had to get it. I read the book in one day. It was so hard to put down. The next day , I went to the library and got 'Molly Moon Stops the World' and 'Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure'. They were so good , I finished them both in a day. So if you want to get this book go get your mom right now....i'm waiting. Okay , Miss your child wants to get 'Molly Moon, Micky Minus, & the Mind Machine' so punch in your credit card number and buy it for him/her. It's amazing and he/she will have their nose in this book all day.
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It is so coool
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Read this book!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't own this book on my nook tablet, but I own it in paperback. I love the way Gorgia Being ( the auther) explains and almost interacts in the story. I just realized that she just made a other novel of Molly Moon's hypnotic adventures and I can't wait to get all the other books including the new relese.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If i had to rate this book from 1 to 10, 10 being best, i would rate it 11
laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named Molly who goes to the future to find her brother who was kidnapped when he was born. I think this is one of the best ones in the series because it's really exciting and I like time travel.
thelittlebookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I finally finished the Molly Moon series, at least what is out now. The last book, Molly Moon, Micky Minus, and the Mind Machine, was actually pretty good. The one before (Time Travel) was eh, but this one was much better. Molly goes to the future to find her long lost twin brother and bring him home. He is under the power of the evil Princess Fang, an apparently six-year old genius who has a hypnotist help her control her entire village and is trying to control the world! Molly loses her hypnosis powers but gains the ability to read minds (okay, i know, but this entire series is beyond far-fetched). So Molly is on a quest to regain her powers, rescue her brother, and stop Princess Fang! All is all it is a very cute series. It is wish fulfillment to a ties, since the heroine is an orphan who gains all of those amazing powers and gets to go on lots of adventures (but, you know, not like that).
ccagney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Molly Moon finds out that she has a twin brother and goes into the future to get her brother and to bring him back to the right time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book series ever. This and the Myth-o-Maniac series are the greatest ever. I wish I would have all the books though. :( But I really enjoy reading them again and again from the library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how me and my sister can relate to molly in stuff like age and looks except what does a potato nose look like?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book&hearts
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No comment it is just too bursting of awsomeness
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Reading ir now great book
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Is this #3 ?
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Sutch a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! I just love these books. My teacher was right these are really Awesome!
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