Reviews for Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Spring
The pace never slackens in Molly's third adventure: a monstrous villain abducts Molly, her friends, and her earlier selves to India; all stake their lives on Molly's mastering the convolutions of time travel. Humorous and suspenseful, it's worthy of its predecessors: Molly reaches the beginning of time, contemplates evil's redemption, and uncovers a startling family secret (promising another installment). Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 August #3
Favorite series and characters come to the fore in new installments. Can there ever be too many Molly Moons? In her third adventure, Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure by Georgia Byng, even Molly might say yes. The heroine cum master hypnotist, having located her mother, Lucy Logan, and having released Lucy from the hypnotic control of her twin brother, the "very brilliant hypnotist Cornelius Logan," has now been kidnapped and duplicated, at different points in her childhood. Will Molly be able to pull herself together (or unify her selves)? Can she escape the clutches of her captor? (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2006 January

Gr 4-6 -If reading a Molly Moon title means navigating a variety of twists, turns, and sudden surprising revelations, then this addition to the series is no exception. Having perfected her hypnotic technique and defeated her villainous uncle in Molly Moon Stops the World (HarperCollins, 2004), the protagonist is caught completely unaware when a stranger kidnaps her beloved pug, Petula. It isn't long before Molly follows the pet backwards in time to 1870 India. There, she meets the repulsive Maharaja of Waqt, a spoonerism-loving cad who collects time-traveling crystals. Seeing Molly as an obstacle to his plans, he sets about kidnapping her at ages ten, six, and three, and as a baby. Now she must rescue her former selves and find a way to defeat Waqt, all while navigating some tricky time travel and taking care not to change anything in the past that would significantly alter the future. Byng plays fast and loose with her time-travel rules, often contradicting herself and making up explanations for problems encountered along the way. The breakneck speed of the novel, which reads like an elaborate chase sequence, will undoubtedly please fans and leave them howling for the next installment. Though sloppy, the plot is undeniably engaging and even attempts to explain the rudimentary differences between Hinduism and Islam. Just don't expect any condemnations of colonialism. This is an ambitious addition to the genre and a first purchase for any library in which the previous titles are popular.-Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library

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