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Meet Molly: An American Girl (American Girls: Molly #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  4,900 ratings  ·  118 reviews
World War Two turns Molly's family upside down. While her father is away, war threatens to break out on the McIntires' home front, too.
Hardcover, 58 pages
Published June 28th 1989 by Pleasant Co Pubns (first published August 1st 1986)
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So I starting this book once upon a time because I thought the girl had my name, I was maybe 7 at the time so you'll have to forgive me. Finally finished this many years later and it wasn't as boring as I thought it was. It's very nice and simple. Molly is a normal girl growing up in the middle of WWII, her father is away and there is a mentioning of food rations. She doesn't like her brother and her older sister is acting like she's a grown up now (basic sibling stuff) while she can't figure ou ...more
Jul 16, 2010 Daniella rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: little girls, and grown-up girls who read it when they were young
I used to love these books when I was a kid. Felicity was my particular favorite, though, with Molly ranking somewhere behind Samantha and Addy, and possibly also behind Kirsten. Sorry, Molly. But at any rate, I think I can safely point to the American Girls series as being the catalyst for my lifelong love of historical fiction, and this is book especially stands out in my mind. It's a cute story, with an Obvious Message, though not so Anvilicious as to turn off the target audience, I don't thi ...more
As a child, I used to read the American Girl book series and I really enjoyed doing so.I believe that 4th/5th grade students will enjoy reading these types of books. As I reread this book, I noticed how Molly's story can be used as a connection to what American families went through during WWII. In Molly's story, we learn how her father is serving the country by being a doctor somewhere in Europe. We also learn what families used to do back home to help support their troops. For example, familie ...more
This book was written so well. It's the first of the American Girl books that I have read and I was pretty impressed. It was meaningful and not superficial at all, as I somewhat expected (to be honest.) I look forward to reading more and hopefully sharing these with my daughter someday!
I'm revisiting my favorite American Girl stories.
I have been trying to get into several American Girl books, as we have quite the collection. I started a few that just didn't grab my attention, but Meet Molly pulled you in from the first paragraph. I really loved this book, it reminded me so much of the Ramona books that I use to read as a kid. She is mischievous, getting into trouble with her brother, and has a silly fun personality that is revealed to the readers through her actions and thoughts. This particular book takes place during WWII, ...more
Courtney Dyer
Meet Molly is the first slim-novel of Molly’s American Girl short story series. It is a quick and easy read dealing with life on the home front during the 1940s. C.F. Payne’s colorful illustration vignettes are perfect complements to the story.

Set during the times of World War II, Molly is experiencing a lot of change in her life due to the shortages caused by the war. From having to eat turnips and a lack of Halloween costume choices, Molly just can’t take it anymore and wages war on her brothe
I LOVE this book. I'm not even gonna write a proper review. All I'm going to say is that, if not for this book, I wouldn't be a voracious reader.
This was the first novel I've read and I wanted to keep it so badly that I stole it from our school's library. Luckily, our librarian wasn't too keen on checking out missing books from the there. I know. I know. That was bad of me.
The American girl Molly Books are set in 1944 during world war two. Molly's father is a doctor, he's overseas taking care of wounded soldiers. Molly has an older sister Jill, older brother Ricky and younger brother Brad.

In this story Molly and her two best friends Linda and Susan are planning what to be for Halloween, but with materials being short because of the war they are having a hard time. Molly is having a hard time adjusting to everything being so different because of the war, her fathe
Molly lived during world war two. Her father was a doctor helping wounded soldiers. At school all the girls did a lend a hand project. They all wanted to knit socks all but Molly. She convicts her two friends to collect bottle caps instead. The next day Molly got an invitation to a knitting bee. She threw it away and went to meet her friends. She met them. And they got started. When they got to Alices house. They looked in the window and say all the girls in there class sitting an Indian circle ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Logan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Maddie
Shelves: american-girl
It was really good! I liked the part when they went trick or treating!:)
Alex Baugh
Meet Molly is the first novel of the six Molly McIntire series books from American Girl. Molly is 9 year old and living on the American home front during World War II. Her father, Dr. McIntire, had joined the Army when war was declared and is stationed in England, where he is caring for wounded soldiers. Molly's mother is doing her bit working for the Red Cross. Molly has a sister Jill, 14, a brother Ricky, 12, and a brother Brad, 5. Molly's two best friends are Linda and Susan.

It is 1944 and th
Tara Lynn
Although a HUGE fan of history, my personal interest is the cultural signficance and lifestyles of many different points in history. I draw less from stories of the battlefield than I do from the stories of coping on the homefront. The great thing about the American Girl series is that although each girl may be from a specific time period, their lives still relate in many ways to our own. It's great to draw the comparisons between a modern life of convenience and excess to the life lived by many ...more
"Meet Molly" is a book in the "American Girl" popular series. In this series there are several girl characters, each with their own set of stories which are set in a different time period. Meet Molly is the first of Molly's books. It is about her and her family living in America during WWII. In this book, the effects that the war was having on the people at home are shown. I liked that it expressed the lack of items that most children wouldn't even think about having to go without because of war ...more
Brittany Perry
Meet Molly by Tripp, V.


Meet Molly is book about a young girl named Molly McIntire living in 1944. World war two is going on and Molly’s father is on the front lines. He is overseas taking care of wounded soldiers. In America people are struggling to pay for the war so everyone needs to make sacrifices such as rationing sugar and canned goods. Molly must learn some things are difficult, like getting fabric to make clothes and a costume for Halloween.

Molly and her brother Ricky fight and
Rachel White
Meet Molly is one of the American Girl series stories. Molly is a young girl living in America with her family during WW2. Her father is off at the war front caring for wounded soldiers. Back at home there are many changes Molly is having to face herself. Because of all the funding going to the war, there are many things that Molly and her family and friends are having to live without like sugar, canned goods, extra cloth for clothes and Halloween costumes. Molly has to learn to work together to ...more
Holly Smith
In this book, "Meet Molly: An American Girl" we get a small glimpse of a young girl during World War Two. We learn a little about Molly and her family, where her mother works, her sister, two brothers, the maid, and her father who is off helping in the war. We see a glimpse of silly family antics and times that bring families together. The book has very realistic illustrations in the book that are fun and help to see more of Molly. This book also includes a short section of factual information a ...more
It’s been a few years since my daughter and I have read any of the American Girl books, and I forgot how good they are. Since we are covering World War II in social studies I thought this would be a nice additional relevant book to read, showing life on the Home Front. In book 1 we meet Molly and her family. Her father is a doctor serving somewhere in Europe, while her family is doing the best they can to support him and the others like him in small ways; such as planting a “victory garden,” vol ...more
Kimberly Gill
This is the first book in the Molly: An American Girl series. This story takes place in 1944 during World War II. Molly's dad is serving in the war and the rest of the family is in the United States. The story is all about Molly, her friends, and family. This book and the rest of the series provides a positive role model for young girls. This book can be used to teach about character traits.
I read this to see if Sam could read it. She'd be fine with the story but the "peek into history" at the end had way too many WWII details for someone who's only 5 and hates the thought of death. This will get shelved for another year or two.
- July 2010

I started these again (10/2012) and the first 2 books were fine. At this point she's almost 8 and understands war on a vague level, so I was ok with the WWII stuff in the end section. In book 3, however, there's a conversation that sort of alludes
I read this to see if Sam could read it. She'd be fine with the story but the "peek into history" at the end had way too many WWII details for someone who's only 5 and hates the thought of death. This will get shelved for another year or two.
- July 2010

I started these again (10/2012) and the first 2 books were fine. At this point she's almost 8 and understands war on a vague level, so I was ok with the WWII stuff in the end section. In book 3, however, there's a conversation that sort of alludes
Jan 12, 2008 jacky rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jacky by: American Girls cataloge
My sister and I loved the American Girls dolls catalog that would come to the house. The dolls were so pretty and had such cool, detailed stuff! We never got them though because they were way too expensive. My sister liked Kirsten because she was blond and Sweedish, like my grandmother's family. I liked the Molly books because she looked like me, brown hair and glasses. I read them really when I was too old for them so I didn't find them that exciting, but they were alright. They are an interest ...more
I read this book when I was young. This one is about Halloween. Molly and her two friends dress up as homemade hula girls. They feel jealous of a rich only child and participate in sibling rivalry and pranks. In the end they realize that they were not being nice and cooperation is key.

Molly lives during WW11. Her father is a medic somewhere else. Her housekeeper plants a victory garden. I say the victory garden is still relevant. Bret wants to call it a resistance garden cause he heard that ment
Molly McIntire, an American girl during World War II, is facing daily life changes: Her doctor father is serving in the Army in England. Her mother volunteers long hours at the Red Cross headquarters. Molly misses them. Meanwhile the stern Mrs. Gilford (housekeeper) prepares exotic dishes like mashed turnips which Molly detests! Planning Halloween costumes with her friends gives Molly a sense of normalcy. Molly has her own war at home--a conflict with her older brother, pesky Ricky. Both Molly a ...more
Katie B-K
Kiernan and I read this because she found the series in the basement and really wants to read the Christmas story, which is third. It's enjoyable, and presents WW2 history in a way that's accessible to small children. I also enjoy the focus on cooperation. I did not enjoy the constant military metaphors so much, even though I know it's wartime and that's the point. Also: I have a hard time explaining to Kiernan why it is that gender stereotypes work the way they do in these books, since she does ...more
Shelby Royalty
I remember reading these books when I was younger. I loved them then, and I see so much value in this one now. It was an enjoyable read, with pictures and an interesting story line. More than that, though, it painted a picture of history, and taught a handful of good lessons.
Vanessa West
As a child growing up I loved American girl dolls and one of the ones my Grandmother bought me was Molly, and her story dated back to World War Two. This Historical Fiction book is great for elementary aged girls around third grade and is always great to have the doll to go along with the books. Even though the story is based in a time unfamiliar and log ago the plot is based more on everyday problems that girls face such as on Halloween or dealing with her brothers. The illustrations went along ...more
I don't know if I am just biased towards Kit or if this book really just was not as good. Don't get me wrong it was a nice book for read aloud. But, this book was lacking in the some of the niceties that we really appreciate in the Kit series. The Kit books read like great historical fiction on a young age level....this first Molly book read a little more like something thrown together as a marketing piece to support the doll. The images and illustrations in the Kit books were fun to look at - s ...more
I was so excited when I found the American Girl books at my local library. I loved them as a young girl but had forgotten all about them. Now I enjoy reading them to my little girl. :)
Tara Frye
I loved this story because, it showed history and I loved halloween when I was little. I always liked her character because,she looked like me when I was little.
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Valerie Tripp is a children's book author, best known for her work with the American Girl series.

She grew up in Mount Kisco, New York with three sisters. She is a reading expert with a Reading Master’s of Education degree from Harvard University. Since 1985 she has lived in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her husband teaches history at Montgomery College. She has been a writer for reading textbooks for t
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