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''Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism'' is a book about a British preteen living in a terrible orphanage. Just before her only friend is adopted and moves to America without saying goodbye, she finds a rare book on hypnotism. She heads off to America to find her friend, hypnotizing people all the way. Meanwhile, a sinister wanna-be hypnotist stalks her...and he is willing to do anything to get the book in his hands.

Followed by five sequels, ''Molly Moon Stops the World'', ''Molly Moon's Time-Traveling Adventure'', ''Molly Moon, Micky Minus, and the Mind Machine'', ''Molly Moon and the Morphing Mystery'', and ''Molly Moon and the Monster Music.'' There's also a novella named ''Molly Moon's Hypnotic Holiday,'' which takes place during Molly's stay in New York in the first book.
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!!These books show examples of

* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The titles, starting with ''Molly Moon, Mickey Minus, and the Mind Machine''.
* AlphaBitch: Hazel, in the first book -- while she's not described as very pretty, and as an orphan averts the usual "rich and influental" part of the classic AlphaBitch, she fits most of the other aspects of the trope: She's snobbish and haughty, and looks down on the other orphans because ''she'', unlike them, can remember her parents (and is always going on about what wonderful people they were). She has her own posse of minions and delights in mocking and bullying Molly and several of the other orphans, but she is so good at sucking up to the adults that she remains the darling of her teachers and the head of the orphanage. [[spoiler:The trope is brutally {{Deconstructed}} in the final parts of the book when it's revealed that Hazel's attitude is a coping mechanism; her parents weren't wonderful people at all but violent alcoholics who beat and abused her -- so she sucks up to adults so they won't beat her and bullies the other children because she doesn't know how to be nice to them.]]
* ArcWords: In the first book, the lullaby Mrs Trinkelsbury sang to Molly and Rocky when they were small keeps returning to Molly throughout the story, though she doesn't understand its significance until late in the book:
-->''Forgive, little birds, that brown cuckoo''\\
''For pushing you out of your nests.''\\
''It's what mamma cuckoo taught it to do;''\\
''She taught it that pushing is best.''
* BankRobbery: Molly robs a bank at one point.
* BeyondTheImpossible: [[spoiler:During the bank heist, Molly hypnotises '''''an iris scanner'''''.]]
* BigApplesauce: Molly goes to New York to find Rocky.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: While most of Molly's victims never stray beyond HypnoFool, there are instances where some of them border on this trope. Many of the characters hypnotized by the villains play the trope straight.
* CanonDiscontinuity:
** The reason that Molly is a more powerful hypnotist than me mother is that [[spoiler:her mother is a twin and therefore split her powers with Cornelius.]] Then in book four, we find out that Molly is in the exact same situation as her mother.
** In the first book, the password to lock in hypnosis is [[spoiler: "perfectly punctual," referenced explicitly because Lucy says it to Molly when she shows up precisely on time.]] All future books give the password as [[spoiler: "perfectly punctual''ly''," and the ungrammatical nature of the two words is a plot point.]]
** In the first book, the name of the book Molly reads to learn hypnotism is titled ''Hypnotism: an Ancient Art Explained''. In the second one, it's referred to as ''The Book of Hypnotism'', although sometimes it adds the "An Ancient Art Explained" part.
* CompellingVoice: Anyone who can hypnotize people in this universe has either this or HypnoticEyes. In Molly's case, it's a combination of the two.
* CharmPerson: Molly meets a young actress in the first book that has this. She does it unconsciously, through eye contact, and it's implied that's how she became so famous. Molly endoes a hypnosis battle with her.
%%* ChekhovsGun: Quite a few; a couple of them are even combined with each other.
* ChekhovsSkill: Rocky has a talent for imitating voices, and he and Molly often play out radio commercials for fun. This plays a huge part in their BatmanGambit at the end of the first book.
* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: They don't exist in the novel, much less help the kids.
* DemotedToExtra: Rocky becomes less significant in the plots as the books go on. This is {{Lampshaded}} by Rocky himself in the fourth book [[spoiler: (shortly before he is kidnapped and hypnotized by the villain and is forced to use his powers in their service)]].
* FreudianExcuse: In fact, just about every antagonist in the first book (and several in the later ones) turn out to have a FreudianExcuse for their horrible behavior -- most often they're mean because life hasn't treated them well. For instance, Hazel states the reason she is a bully is because her parents never cared for her even when they were alive.
* GambitPileup: In ''Molly Moon Stops The World'', Molly is sent to stop a ruthless tycoon called Primo Cell from taking over the world with hypnosis. It's revealed towards the end that [[spoiler: Cell was himself hypnotized by Cornelius Logan to take over the world for him. It's then revelaed in the next book that Cornelius himself was hypnotized by the Maharaja of Waqt to hypnotize Cell to take over the world for ''him''.]]
* GoodFeelsGood: Molly tries to invoke this trope several times by hypnotizing the villains with [[FreudianExcuse freudian excuses]] into becoming nice and hoping they'll remember the feeling once the hypnosis wears off.
** The most obvious example of this is [[spoiler: Nockman, whose experience with the trope is described in detail in the last part of the first book, and who in the second book is shown to have truly become a kind and loving man.]]
* HeelFaceBrainwashing: Molly frequently pulls this off on the antagonists, though in a slightly more roundabout way than is common for the trope -- see the GoodFeelsGood entry above.
* HypnoFool: Not surprisingly, a lot of people end up as this.
* HypnoPendulum: Molly eventually buys one from an antique store, but she uses her own "homemade" ones early on: the stirring of a spoon (on Edna) and a piece of soap on a string (tries to use this on Hazel, but fails).
* HypnoticEyes: Hypnotists can either have this or a CompellingVoice (or in Molly's case, both).
* IHaveYourWife: [[spoiler:Nockman dognaps Petula and blackmails Rocky and Molly into robbing a bank for him.]]
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Molly and Rocky.
* LongLostRelative (spoilers for all four books): [[spoiler: Molly goes from having no family to discovering her mom (Lucy), dad (Primo Cell), her evil uncle (Cornelius), twin brother (Micky), and half-siblings through adoption (Sinclair and Sally Cell)]]
* NonHumanSidekick: Petula the Pug. Originally she's the bad-tempered, pampered pet of Ms Adderstone, but Molly discovers that the reason she's bad-tempered is that she's improperly fed and suffering from constant stomachaches. She's the first creature Molly successfully hypnotizes, but even after the trance is over Petula ends up attatching herself to the girl, becoming her constant companion for the rest of the series.
%%* NewAgeRetroHippie: Forrest
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Molly develops a new power every book.
* OrphanageOfFear: Hardwick House, at least in the first book. [[spoiler: It stops being this after Mrs Trinklebury takes over and renames it "Happiness House."]]
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler: Justified in that Primo and Lucy were hypnotized into abandoning Molly]]
* ShownTheirWork: While most of the things that Molly does with hypnotism are flat-out not possible, the author very clearly researched hypnotism while writing the book. The passage in the first book about natural trances is legit; the foreshadowing of the concept in Molly's daydreams will automatically show anyone familiar with the field that the author Did The Research. The RuleOfCool takes over shortly afterward.
* {{Spoonerism}}: The Maharaja of Waqt in ''Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure'' often speaks using spoonerisms.
* TimeStandsStill: If Molly uses hypnosis on a diamond.
* TriggerPhrase: Given how big a part hypnosis plays in the books, there turn out to be several. [[spoiler: The one used most often is ''"Perfectly Punctual."'']]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Ketchup sandwiches and concentrated orange squash. Many side characters seem to silently find Molly's taste for these disgusting.
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