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

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  6,688 Ratings  ·  163 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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Jul 16, 2010 Daniella rated it it was ok  ·  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
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 25, 2011 Logan rated it it was amazing  ·  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!:)
Panda Incognito
I was a big American Girl fan when I was a little kid. I never owned any of the dolls, but enjoyed every series of chapter books and give them partial credit for my love of historical fiction. Not only were they well-written, engaging, and historically educational, but the books present balanced, healthy views of a myriad of topics. One of them is gender: I love how each girl had a different personality, circumstance, and set of interests.

The American Girls consist of no "ideal female" cookie-c
M.C. Crocker
Jun 24, 2015 M.C. Crocker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was not too long ago that I came upon some very sad news, American Girl Dolls get retired. I was shocked and saddened by this when I learned that great characters such as Felicity, Kirsten and Samantha have all been retired. Yet, saddest news of all is next up to be retired is Molly McIntire! Why is this the saddest news of all? Molly is my favorite American Girl from the entire collection! In a lot of ways I felt like I was Molly because she was the girl with stick straight brown hair that s ...more
Apr 26, 2016 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this series now with my daughter. Her grandmother, who was born in the late 1940s and is fascinated with all things WWII, gave her the set. It's a great way to introduce concepts of recent, global history and social science because Molly and her story are engaging and relatable to a 21st century girl. Looking forward to the other books!
Mar 01, 2012 Liliane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 15, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Erin Feller
Personal Reaction
What little girl does't love playing with American Girl dolls? American girls are quite the sensation and people should be giving just as much attention to this book series. I loved this book because it gave a great emotional side to the historic events that were happening during world war II. Molly's father is serving as a war time doctor. Through this short chapter book, readers get an idea as to what it would have been like growing up in the time of WWII. Along with the grea
Aug 05, 2014 paperdollmom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Shelby Morton
Jan 21, 2016 Shelby Morton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edrd-314
I remember reading these books when I was younger because they were one of the most popular series at the time. However, I do remember always skipping the small historical facts section at the back of each book because it didn't really connect to the characters in each story. However, now that I am going to be going into teaching, I can see how beneficial and inspiring these small sections of history can be. Just by having this short history lesson given to us in each book, it opens up the possi ...more
Apr 06, 2011 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

Meet Molly begins with Molly and her friends wanting to have some really great Halloween costumes this year, but she may not get to be Cinderella if they can't make the costumes. Everything is being saved for the war, and Molly and her family are constantly missing their day while he's away in the war right now.

But, Molly, her family and friends all get together to bring a little fun to their life during the Halloween season.

This book wasn't as good as
Jul 10, 2016 Marklessgirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
just re-read this and wanted to see my old rating... At lest I didn't give it five.. Now if I where to re-rate it I would give this book a three or 2.5 but because I used to love it I won't change it today.. Just other girls books are SOOOO much better and better for young girls.
Sarah Crawford
Feb 16, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series of stories takes place in 1944, during the latter part of World War II. Molly's father is in the military and so he's not at home.

The story is basically about Molly and her friends are working to prepare Halloween costumes and they come up with a rather nice idea. They go out to trick-or-treat and end up getting candy, donuts and other items, but these are ruined when Molly's brother Ricky plays a mean trick on the girls and squirts them all with a garden hose.

It becomes a matter of
Jul 19, 2014 Miri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elaine Shipley-pope
Jul 02, 2015 Elaine Shipley-pope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Meet Molly: An American girl is the first in the Molly series. Her books cover the time period during WWII and her father is overseas as part of the war effort. This is a good start to the series, it nicely introduces Molly and the members of her family as well as her friends. Halloween is coming up and Molly and her two close friends must decide and make their own costumes. They settle on hula girls and with the help of Molly's mother make some amazing costumes. As they finish trick-or-treating ...more
Sam T
I read Meet Molly by Valerie Tripp! This is about a girl who's father is somewhere in England helping the wounded from the war. Molly's mom also works at the Red Cross head quarters.

Molly has a brother named Ricky and a sister named Jill. Linda, Susan, and Molly have a sleepover on Halloween. As well, Ricky plays a trick on the girls and ruins there costumes.

I think the book is really easy for all ages. This book is about a girl who lived during World War 2. I think all kids who read will enjoy.
Jan 15, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-by-myself
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
I originally had this marked as a childhood book, but having re-read it, I don't think I read it as a child. I did read a Molly book, but this one was very unfamiliar. So my judgment is as a grown-up reader: this book sucks.

I mean, it's light easy reading, and it's attempting to give the reader a view of life during wartime, but what it boils down to is Molly is a serious bitch. I couldn't believe the things she said that weren't even later addressed, such as threatening her friend to never talk
Dean Deters
Apr 16, 2015 Dean Deters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
molly is a funny girl but when it comes to jokes/pranks with her brother she can be a little mean.She has 2 best friends and they were hula girl for halloween when they came back from trick or treating they got sokeing wet from a hose and their outfits got ruined.

In molly's back yard she and her 2 friend's tees molly's brother every day about liking dalores. Dalores is rich and is pretty and she had a great costum for halloween to.

molly is always happy and fun to play with but she can be mean
Alex Baugh
Oct 30, 2012 Alex Baugh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-2
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
Dec 05, 2012 Rachel White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-series
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
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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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