Molly McBride and the Party Invitation
By Jean Schoonover-Egolf
The third installment in the Molly McBride series tackles a serious subject. Bullying reaches Molly’s school in the form of Sam, a boy with a penchant for picking on everyone in her class. Molly is having a big birthday party, and her parents say that she must invite everyone, including Sam! Whatever will she do?
Molly wrestles with her feelings, and what she knows to be the right course of action. With the help of a work day at the Children of Mary convent, Molly and her friend Dominic learn what Ora et Labora really means. As they practice charity, it grows in their hearts. Father Matt helps them with the Gospel story of Jesus “going to a party with some not-so-nice guests.” You’ll have to read the rest to find out what happens to the bully, Sam.
My favorite part of this book is the story of the parents, told only in the humorous illustrations. This story-within-the-story shows how the caring parents of Molly and Dominic help the children sort out this party problem. I also love the Children of Mary nun with a chainsaw, trimming the hedge. Nuns do regular things! They take care of the gardening! Jean Schoonover-Egolf’s festive tale integrates two opposing subjects: party planning and bullying. This is a must-read for every child.