Molly Moon & the Morphing Mystery
By Georgia Byng
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780061661600, 416pp.)
Publication Date: May 2010
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Molly Moon is back! Not only can she hypnotize anyone who crosses her path, travel through time and read minds, now she has a new power: morphing! From human to animal and back again, Molly must find her way back to her own bodyand save the world while shes at itbefore its too late. In this fifth book in the wildly popular Molly Moon series, Molly is braver than ever before. Fans of Molly will once again be mesmerized by her wit, charm and grand adventures. Its no wonder that Publishers Weekly asks, Can there ever be too many Molly Moons?
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. She had always written poems and songs but now she started writing stories.
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, Lucas and Sky love to travel, their favorite destination being India.
Praise for the Molly Moon series: “This bigger-than-life tale offers delightfully dastardly villains, a sympathetic heroine who lives out every child’s dream, and plenty of fast-paced action.”
-Publishers Weekly, starred review (for Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism)
“Molly Moon is back, and Byng has outdone herself. Molly is irresistible. More than just roaring good fun; it’s a feel-good story that will leave [kids] hungry for more.”
-ALA Booklist (for Molly Moon Stops the World)
“Can there ever be too many Molly Moons?”
-Publishers Weekly (for Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time–Travel Adventure)
“Recommend this novel to fans of Lemony Snicket.”
-School Library Journal (for MOLLY MOON’S INCREDIBLE BOOK OF HYPNOTISM)
“An enjoyable over-the-top page turner.”
-Kirkus (for MOLLY MOON STOPS THE WORLD)
“A sort of Girl’s Own Adventure story that will have adults and children alike scrabbling for the second volume.”
-Vogue (for MOLLY MOON’S INCREDIBLE BOOK OF HYPNOTISM)