Title: Changes For Molly Author: Valerie Tripp Illustrator: Nick Bakes Summary: Molly can hardly wait for Dad to come home! She’s especially excited because he’ll arrive in time to see her dance the part of Miss Victory in the big Red Cross show. Molly isn’t worried about her tap dancing because she’s the best in Miss LaVonda’s dance class. But she wants to look sophisticated so Dad will know how much she’s grown up while he’s been away at war. Unfortunately, Molly’s hair is all wrong. When Jill finally finds a way to give Molly glorious curls, everything seems to be perfect. Then Molly gets sick. Things couldn’t be worse – until the doctor comes just in time. Initial Thoughts Why the hell did I agonize about putting this off for so long when that back summary gave away nearly the entire book? Seriously though, this project shouldn’t have taken as long as it did for me to complete. That’s all on me, but, I think maybe it’s for the best I did wait until now to finish this recap. Things right now are a nightmare because of the coronavirus pandemic. People are dying and this country’s healthcare system’s finally…
Rosey recaps Making Out #12: Claire Can’t Lose by Katherine Applegate (and Michael Grant), which has very little do with with Claire and her wins/losses, and everything to do with ZOEY’S UNBRIDLED ANGST. Again.
Wing recaps Making Out #11: Ben Takes a Chance by Katherine Applegate (and Michael Grant) and yells a lot about how people are not objects to own, goddamn it.
Wing recaps Famous Five #10: Five on a Hike Together by Enid Blyton and would probably kill you if you drank every time she said WHAT THE EVER LOVING FUCK.
Jude recaps Molly Book #5: Molly Saves The Day by Valerie Tripp.
Dove recaps Famous Five #9: Five Fall Into Adventure by Enid Blyton, which is the most racist Blyton to date and, as a bonus, features Julian and Dick’s first TWO forays into kidnapping.
Dove recaps Making Out #10: Nina Shapes Up by Katherine Applegate (and Michael Grant) in which Nina is neither shaped nor shapeless, but Zoey is a complete pain in the ass
Title: A Molly Mystery – The Light In The Cellar, a.k.a. “Molly and the Mystery of the Horrible Hoarders” Author: Sarah Masters Buckley Cover Artist: Jean-Paul Tibbles Summary: Molly wishes she and her friend Emily had an exciting volunteer job that really helped in the fight to win World War Two. Instead, they’re magazine delivery girls at Oak Knoll Hospital. Soon, however, Molly and Emily start to suspect something very un-patriotic is going on at Oak Knoll – and their snooping leads them deep into trouble! Initial Thoughts I’ve really let myself slip with these reviews and I’ve no one to blame but myself. I apologize again for holding up the schedule and I promise I’ll work harder next year to bring consistent reviews and articles. It’s incredible good luck I was able to review this book for the website. I found it at the freebie rack at my local library, but I pulled it before I planned to do reviews for the website. This is a change of pace for the other Molly books, being significantly longer (at least three times as long) and has no illustrations. It focuses more on Molly’s friendship with Emily Bennett and sheds some…
Necromommycon recaps The Famous Five #8: Five Get Into Trouble wherein the official summary is absolute nonsense, and the Five are the most organised kidnap victims in the world.
Jude recaps American Girls: Happy Birthday, Molly!
Title: Zoey Plays Games Front Blurb: Life was bliss for Zoey and Lucas until Aaron showed up on the island. Now Aaron wants Zoey. Claire wants Aaron and Zoey’s got a secret that EVERYONE is talking about. How long before Lucas finds out that Zoey Plays Games Back Blurb: Zoey plays games with Aaron and sets off a wave of broken hearts. Because Lucas is in love with Zoey, Claire has vowed to make Aaron her own. But the island is too small for big secrets. Initial thoughts: I don’t remember this book. It’s Zoey story, so that’s probably why. Fun fact- this is the first Making Out book that wasn’t written by Grapplegate – they handed the series over to ghostwriters from book 9. Also, there are also no more reprints for these later books, so it’s firmly nostalgia from here onwards. [Dove: Oh good, a Zoey book. You know how highly I regard the Passmore family in general, and Zoey in particular. This is the point where I really got sick of her nonsense, I think.] [Wing: I’m pretty sure life wasn’t bliss for Zoey and Lucas, book, but cool. Coooool.]
Wing recaps Baby-Sitters Club #9: The Ghost at Dawn’s House by Ann M. Martin, and it is a sweet, kind, adorable semi-ghost story with a horrible lack of logic at one point. <3 Dawn.