(Maureen) Mollie Hunter (McIlwraith)

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Chuck Schacht

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The usually reliable [Mollier Hunter's] latest [The Third Eye] can best be compared to haggis, a uniquely Scottish dish made primarily from sheep organs; it may be appreciated in its native land, but is unlikely to appeal to the appetites of young readers on this side of the ocean. What plot there is revolves around young Jinty Morrison, the youngest of three daughters in a poor but proud Scottish family during the Depression. Her Third Eye (psychic sensitivity) makes her especially aware of the troubles of people around her…. The tale is told as a series of flashbacks by Jinty, but precious little of interest occurs to her throughout and the various plot threads are neither well integrated nor especially riveting, although a number of the characters, especially Meg's oldest sister and the Earl, are portrayed with sympathy and insight.

Chuck Schacht, "Grades 3-6: 'The Third Eye'," in School Library Journal (reprinted from the April, 1979 issue of School Library Journal, published by R. R. Bowker Co./A Xerox Corporation: copyright © 1979), Vol. 25, No. 8, April, 1979, p. 57.

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