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Molly does not like her domestic chores and so advertises for a job. This leads her to a magical tryst beyond her home and a world of dangerous witchcraft. The musician, Icarus, is her only ally.
Paperback, 172 pages
Published 1989 by Mammoth
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Carina
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, reread, sff, women, ya
This book is forever entwined in my memory with the much-better-known A Wrinkle in Time: a teenage girl protagonist with unruly hair, a name that starts with M, an absent father, an unconventional mother, and an extraordinary younger brother figure, caught up in an otherworldly adventure along with a fellow misfit young man who becomes a key ally. Tbh, I always kind of liked this one better.
Hemavathy DM Suppiah-Devi
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely marvelous. Annie Dalton's books are always feasts. ...more
Aelvana
Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Molly Gurney is sick of her boring, ordinary life. Her mother treats her like an extension of herself, her brothers are barbarians, and she has no idea what she's going to do with the rest of her life. When she writes a job advertisement she has no idea it will open the door to magic in her life. Now Molly has to care for a mute little boy under a curse, which she enjoys, and keep him safe from the evil Magus, which is a lot harder.

Molly's life has never really been ordinary, although to her of
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P.D.R. Lindsay
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Annie Dalton is one of a series of British writers who create original and thoughtful fantsay for YA readers. No Tolkein copyists amongst these writers. Dalton has been a Carnegie award winner and is still writing quality fiction.

Out of the Ordinary is a delightful story about Molly who dreams of a life out of the ordinary. Her home life is chaotic, and ordinary and dull, but there is magic everywhere if you seek it. Her joke job advert - Quests undertaken, enchantments broken - is answered in a
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Claire
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic
Molly is saddled with a moronic older brother, a games freak younger brother and an imagination that is belied by her too sensible face and red hair. When she writes a mock advert for 'Quests undertaken', she doesn't realise that she will soon be thrust into an age old feud as she is chosen to care for Floris.


Annie Dalton writes eloquently and with beauty. Out of the ordinary draws you into Molly's life, filled with her mother's fosterlings and into the magical world that she is drawn into. The
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Bianca Miani
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this as a teenager and loved it so much I stole it from my school library. (Sorry Mrs. Bowden) I have held onto this book for the last 20years and I still enjoy getting it out for a re-read. The characters are loveable and relatable but it’s the wonderful descriptions of the mundane that make reading this book ‘like going home’. Annie Dolton writes magic into the everyday, the cracked linoleum, and the mysterious soft sugar like sand that lays in the kitchen larder. the reader 'feels' lik ...more
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Dalton grew up as an only child in the English countryside during the 1950s. Her father was not always around, but when he was, he would tell her fantastical stories, often with her as the principal character. Her father left the family for good. Dalton missed him and his stories, which led her to the fantasy section at her local library, thus sparking life-long love of fiction.

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