Molly Moon, Micky Minus, & The Mind Machine Hardcover – Sep 13 2007
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About the Author
Georgia Byng grew up outside Winchester, in England, near the river Itchen, with three naughty brothers and a sister. Her dad was nature loving and her mum was very encouraging and warm. The nearby country lane with its many cottages was somewhere Georgia first found out about characters, for it was teeming with them, and she used to interview them. Otherwise she would try to sell these neighbours things she had made.
As a child she loved acting and so at 18 went to The Central School of Speech and Drama in London. After college she began to paint and write.
Her first were in comic strip, a medium that she worked with for five years. The Sock Monsters was her first published book in 1995 - a comic strip story for 5 - 7 year olds.
Georgia lives in a house in London full of old and new art, as her husband is the conceptual artist Marc Quinn. Marc keeps all sorts of strange things in the fridge - once he had to keep a Canadian frog in there as it was hibernating and had to be kept cold. They and their family, Tiger (17), Lucas (6) and Sky (2) love to travel, their favorite destination being India.
Georgia Byng is the author of
MOLLY MOON'S INCREDIBLE BOOK OF HYPNOTISM
MOLLY MOON STOPS THE WORLD
MOLLY MOON'S HYPNOTIC TIME TRAVEL ADVENTURE
MOLLY MOON MICKY MINUS AND THE MIND MACHINE
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Sometimes, to lose something is to find something. In Molly's newest adventure, she's certainly trying to find something. When things left off, Molly learned a stunning secret about her past, and someone she never knew. This time around, she's trying to find that person, but their fate is something worse than she ever imagined and it's going to take some new power and all of her daring and her courage to unravel this plot.
The opening of the book sees Molly feeling somewhat depressed. Let's just say that she's grown somewhat used to the idea of settling into something resembling a normal life and isn't eager to place herself or those she loves in more danger. But ultimately Molly does what it is right. And the fact that this is *her* adventure sets a different tone from the past stories, when she was rather dragged into danger. Let's just say that Molly is finally taking control of her destiny. And once again, her friend Rocky is along to help her, as is her precious pug, Petula, who must also find new depths of courage and power if they're all to survive this journey.
The story zips along, making for another exciting read. This story features a fun new cast of characters, with some unexpected reversals and twists. Just what is this mysterious mind-machine hinted at in the title? And how will Molly's thrilling new power manifest itself? You'll have to read to find out!
So what's next for Molly? Teleportation? Some other power we can't even imagine? I can't read minds myself, so I can only guess, but I'll be eagerly waiting for Molly's next adventure.
Molly, Rocky and Petula travel back in time to the hospital where the twins were born. Present-day Molly has no trouble finding herself and her twin brother or spotting the moment he is taken from the nursery. But the kidnapper is a skilled time-traveler, and to save her brother, Molly and her friends have to travel hundreds of years into the future. There they find Micky Minus, as the twin was named by his captor, hostage of the evil Princess Fang who forces him to study science and philosophy only to suck out his knowledge with a giant mind machine.
The action is swift and non-stop as Molly tries to free her brother from Princess Fang's clutches. She meets up with a sympathetic nurse and a mutated and ousted royal family who lend their help. But are they a match for the demented child princess who has hypnotized an entire country and brutalized countless others? Along the way Molly discovers she has the power to read minds, which, along with the help of the quirky supporting cast, just may save them all.
Molly is brave but humble, a heroine of character and kindness. Her adversary, Princess Fang, is cruel and bizarre and a great villain to root against. MOLLY MOON, MICKY MINUS AND THE MIND MACHINE is a fabulously irresistible page-turner --- a fun and action-packed story about family, friendship and the powers residing in even the most unlikely child.
--- Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman
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