Molly's Fire by Janet Lee Carey

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The telegram says that her father's Thunderbolt aircraft was shot down by the Germans over Holland -- and that Lieutenant George Fowler is presumed dead. But for Molly, that's impossible. She knows she would feel it in her heart if her father were truly dead. After all, he had been shot down once before and survived. She feels certain that he has found a way to survive again. And she secretly clings to that belief as she stands alongside her mother and brother at the memorial service. As her small town of Keenan, Maine, slogs through the deprivations of wartime, Molly waits for a sign from her father -- something to show that he is still alive.

Months pass with no word. And even with the support of friends like Peter, the son of one of the town's wealthiest men, and Jane, whose Japanese heritage makes her the focus of suspicion and ridicule, keeping her faith is even harder for Molly. Then the appearance of a mysterious pocket watch gives Molly hope. Could this be the sign she's been waiting for? Molly risks all to find out.


About Janet Lee Carey

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When not working on stories and novels, Janet Lee Carey teaches creative writing and can be seen at conferences and assemblies performing her fairy tales and songs with her group, Dreamweavers. Molly's Fire is her first book for Atheneum. She lives in Bellevue, Washington, with her husband, Thomas, and her three sons, Aaron, Sean, and Joshua.
Published May 1, 2000 by Atheneum. 196 pages
Genres: War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In turn, Molly stands up for Jane when she is harassed at school and protects Jane's grandmother (the townspeople accuse the former German teacher of being a spy when they discover the note she writes for Molly to pass to the German soldier).

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A feeling of kinship with an eccentric widow, Mrs. Larkin, helps Molly form a friendship with Jane, Mrs. Larkin's half-Asian granddaughter, whom classmates torment as "Jane the Jap."

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