When the first school opened in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, Molly wanted to attend so that she could learn to write down the poems that she made up, but her father insisted that girls didn't need an education. But her twin brother John, who would have preferred to stay home, was required to go to the classes. The twins managed to work out a compromise--one day a week Molly would attend school by dressing and acting like her brother. She was quickly found out but allowed to stay in school in her own right. The story of ABC Molly is insipidly spelled out--the girl's trilling enthusiasm for school is not persuasive and it is difficult to understand from the sampling offered why everyone was so impressed by her poems.