Official Review: Molly Warner: School Reporter

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Official Review: Molly Warner: School Reporter

Post by JessNWheeler » 04 Sep 2018, 14:10

[Following is an official review of "Molly Warner: School Reporter" by Dan Kilday.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Someone had purposely turned the security camera away right before the robbery. Molly was determined to find out who had the means and the motive to cause the recent chaos at Robert K. Howard Middle School. Author Dan Kilday tells the suspenseful story of Molly Warner in his work of children’s fiction titled Molly Warner: School Reporter.

Much to the annoyance of her science teacher, Mr. Pinkleton, Molly Warner was a gossip. When the news of her ability to share the latest information with her friends reached Principal Vernon, Mr. Pinkleton was more than pleased to escort Molly to the principal’s office. The meeting did not go the way that the science teacher had hoped that it would. Instead of handing down a punishment, Principal Vernon placed Molly Warner on the staff of the Scratching Post, the school newspaper! Molly took her new position very seriously. She had a true talent for reporting the news, and she certainly had her work cut out for her when a string of strange occurrences struck the school. Molly’s resolve to find and report the facts leads her on an exciting journey to the truth about many of her teachers and fellow classmates.

This is children’s fiction at its finest. It has a bit of everything for young readers to enjoy including humor, mystery, and suspense. Even as an adult I was trying to work out “who done it” as I read.

This is a well-written and well-organized book. There is one editing error that occurs quite continually. Principal Vernon is often called and referred to as Prince Vern. This was very distracting. At first, I thought that it was an ironic nickname, but I highly doubt that the children would say it directly to the school principal. Still, the story comfortably flows from one scene to the next making it pleasant to read.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The story is fun and entertaining with interesting, relatable characters. Young readers ages ten to twelve would enjoy this book. I would love to recommend this book to younger readers, but there is one mildly profane word in the text that I find inappropriate for readers younger than ten. Still, this is a well-written story with a purpose. The themes and lessons of the importance of the first amendment of the United States Constitution, friendship, and determination are clear and presented in an understandable way.

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Post by Sahar Majid » 05 Sep 2018, 01:13

This really does sound very interesting! It reminds me of the mystery books I used to love as a child. I find it absolutely hilarious that being a gossip goes in her advantage (although I really do hope that by the end of the story this aspect of her is shown in a negative light because it is still not alright to gossip and we don't want young children to learn that). I also think it speaks highly of the author if an adult is curious about who did it as well and is trying to find out. Overall, thank you for a wonderful review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 05 Sep 2018, 08:41

This seems like such a cute story. I love that the principal took what could be a flaw of hers and turned it into something for her to excel at. What a great lesson for kids to learn! Thanks so much for the review.
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Post by Cecilia_L » 05 Sep 2018, 11:33

This sounds like a fun story, reminiscent of the mysteries I selected from the library as a girl. Thanks for the great review!

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Post by Amanda Deck » 06 Sep 2018, 18:08

My son is adamant that his children learn and understand the Constitution and amendments - and he has an 11-year old daughter. Add to that that I wanted to find a mystery for her and I'm thinking this is it! Thank you for the review, it really tells what we need to know to decide about the book.

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Post by Sen_Suzumiya » 07 Sep 2018, 07:28

What a nice and interesting book for young audience! I can tell books like those create the new bookworms! Thank you for your review!
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Post by topdan30 » 07 Sep 2018, 10:32

Thanks for the great review. This should be how children book should be. With storyline and detailed characters.

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Post by ashteem » 10 Sep 2018, 06:11

I think it's a fine work done by the author and interesting equally. Anybody could read and enjoy it wholeheartedly .

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Post by Aaliyah2 » 12 Sep 2018, 15:39

This book seems like a really good read for younger readers. Even as an adult these kinds of books still entertain me. I would read this book overall. Thank you for your review!

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Post by Book Lover 35 » 17 Oct 2018, 10:53

She's the next Nancy Drew! I love the summary of this book. I think my oldest daughter would love this book. Great review!

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