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Molly's Promise
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Molly's Promise
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When Molly learns a talent competition is coming to town, her friend Murphy (A Different Game, Murphy and Mousetrap) becomes her manager. Molly is certain she is a good singer—she has been singing in her head for as long as she can remember. She doesn't sing out loud because of a promise she made to herself. Years ago, Molly vowed that her mom would be the first one to hear her sing. The only problem is, Molly knows nothing about her mom, who left when Molly was a baby. With the talent competition only weeks away, she has to decide whether to break her promise to herself and let her voice out into the world, or wait for her mother's uncertain return before singing for anyone else.

When Molly learns a talent competition is coming to town, her friend Murphy (A Different Game, Murphy and Mousetrap) becomes her manager. Molly is certain she is a good singer—she has been singing in her head for as long as she can remember. She doesn't sing out loud because of a promise she made to herself. Years ago, Molly vowed that her mom would be the first one to hear her sing. The only problem is, Molly knows nothing about her mom, who left when Molly was a baby. With the talent competition only weeks away, she has to decide whether to break her promise to herself and let her voice out into the world, or wait for her mother's uncertain return before singing for anyone else.

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About the Author-
  • Sylvia Olsen is the author of many books and has been nominated for and won numerous awards. She has spent most of her life living in theTsartlip First Nation, where her children and grandchildren now live. Sylvia usually writes for children and young adults about the place between cultures where Canada's First Nations and settlers come together. She is also a storyteller who loves to work with young people to help them find their written and spoken voice. Sylvia is the mother of four and grandmother of seven. She lives in North Saanich near Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.sylviaolsen.ca.

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  • School Library Journal

    May 1, 2013

    Gr 4-7-Seventh-grader Molly has a lot of uncertainty in her life. Her mother left when she was a baby. She struggles to fit in at school with either the First Nation kids or the white kids, and she is battling mean girls and her own self-esteem. The only thing she is certain of is that she wants to sing, and when the talent competition comes up, it's the perfect opportunity to show off her skills. The problem is that Molly has only ever sung in her head and promised herself that her mom would be the first one to hear her sing. In this small book with a lot of story packed into it, readers will enjoy the high drama of the characters introduced in A Different Game (2010) and Murphy and Mousetrap (2005, both Orca). Readers will relate to Molly's uncertainty as she tries something completely new, and her friends (the Formidable Four) offer lively relief to the seriousness of her situation. The writing lends itself to younger or reluctant readers, but the content (e.g., parental drug use) may prove difficult for some. The main difficulty, though, is that there are too many story lines. In such a short novel, they compete with one another and are ultimately distracting.-Sarah Townsend, Norfolk Public Library, VA

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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