Molly Moon, Micky Minus, and the Mind Machine

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Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Imaginative, faced-paced fantasy; 4th in series.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

The characters have bouts with meanness, anger, and sadness, but most still mean well. Bad characters face consequences for their actions.


There is talk about people being killed, an attempt on several lives, and a fight that involves a bleeding nose. There's also kidnapping and some mind control situations.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

People who appear to be children are shown drinking and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is adventure fantasy with danger and some violence, including murder attempts and kidnapping. The author's idea of the future includes a flu outbreak that kills millions and disastrous effects of global warming.

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Kid, 10 years old June 2, 2012

Best Book!

Amazing book series, highly recommend it!
Teen, 13 years old Written bythemdawg July 14, 2010


This book is great for almost ANY age. I suggest the whole entire series to anyone looking for a good book!

What's the story?

Molly Moon has to find her missing brother. Together with her best friend Rocky and dog Petula they journey through time to find out who took her twin and how to get him back. Along the way they witness global warming and run into an evil princess.

Is it any good?

MOLLY MOON, MICKY MINUS, AND THE MIND MACHINE is the fourth book in the Molly Moon series, and it's a fast-paced, harrowing, wild ride. Georgia Byng has a terrific imagination: The characters, their outfits, and how the world looks in the future are all so detailed that readers will be delighted and horrified at the same time.

On the minus side, there's so much information to absorb, yet the quick tempo doesn't give readers much time to pause and really process it. Much like Molly, readers will feel out of sorts and rushed, though they will truly enjoy when Molly rises up and meets the challenges that had her on the ropes. All in all, this is a great read.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about a whole range of topics: adoption, global warming, epidemics, genetic engineering, and even the importance of family and forgiveness. Why does Molly work so hard to help Micky? What do you think about the author's picture of the future?

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