Molly enjoys working at her family's store, "The Happy Hunting Ground," but when someone does not agree with the concept of the store and wants them to stop stocking harmful items, things begin to be frightening as this moralist starts getting very serious. Reprint.
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From the time that Eben Wheeler comes to town, and into Molly's high school and her life, unexpected things begin to happen. First, she discovers that she has psychic healing powers; then her parents' general store, the Happy Hunting Ground, becomes the target for a group of neighborhood moralists. And finally one day Molly finds herself in the middle of a modern-day witch hunt--and she's the witch! An absorbing young adult novel about First Amendment issues.From School Library Journal:
Grade 7-10?Molly Sheldon, 15, lives in the small town of Saphouse Junction, Vermont, where her father, Ira, owns the Happy Hunting Ground, an antique and junk store that caters to tourists. Her mother, Ellen, owns the town's weekly newspaper. Molly, the narrator of the story, is no ordinary person. The most "typical" part of her life is the crush she has on Eben Wheeler, the new boy at school. As their relationship develops, other things begin brewing to disrupt the serene life the Sheldons have grown to enjoy. A group called "POOBARF" (Parents Opposing Obscene Books and Rental Films) picket the Sheldons' store and write threatening letters to the editor of the paper. Molly, who has "healing powers," is kidnapped, accused of witchcraft, and placed on trial by members of this same group. She is rescued, the group moves to another town, and she and Eben become closer, spending afternoons at Ira's deer camp doing things that other "curious but cautious" teenagers do. Young adolescents may be drawn to the romance part of the story, but the first-amendment issues are too message driven, diverting readers from really thinking about the heart of the censorship problem. The characters are more likable and the story more believable than Kathryn Lasky's Memoirs of a Bookbat (Harcourt, 1994), but the book doesn't measure up to Nat Hentoff's The Day They Came to Arrest the Book (Dell, 1983).?Pat Scales, Greenville Middle School, SC
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Descripción Puffin, 1997. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0140384251