James McIntire is the father of Molly McIntire; she calls him "Dad."


James is playful, fun man who likes to joke and tease, James is roughly six feet tall.[1]

James is actually not seen until the events of Changes for Molly as he is away in England during the war, working with the U.S. Army Medical Corps.[2] However, his presence is quite overarching while he is not there.

By Clues in the Shadows James has changed a bit in personality since returning home. He doesn't joke or kid around as much anymore, and works quite hard at his new job at the Veteran's hospital.

In the Books

Meet Molly: An American Girl

Molly remembers how happy everyone in the family was before Dad left for England to help the soldiers. Mom tells the girls she'll take their picture to send to Dad, but later ends up telling Ricky his father would be ashamed about his actions.

Molly Learns a Lesson: A School Story

Dad's letter to Molly mentioning his hospital needed more blankets is what inspires Molly and her classmates to make a blanket instead of socks. Their blanket is later sent to Dr. McIntire's hospital.

Molly's Surprise: A Christmas Story

Molly mentions that Dad loved Christmas and recalls some of his actions such as singing funny Christmas carols to Molly, giving everyone the same gift like a yo-yo, and taking care of the Christmas lights. Jill thinks they won't get any gifts from Dad due to the war, but she and Molly both find a box of presents from Dad asking not to open till Christmas Day. When everyone opens their gifts to find he has given them exactly what they wanted, they hear him telling his family Merry Christmas over the radio from the USO Christmas party.

Happy Birthday, Molly!: A Springtime Story

Molly briefly mentions to Emily that she considers Dad to be the bravest person she knows. She also mentions her worries about Dad's safety.

Molly Saves The Day: A Summer Story

The book ends with Molly writing a letter to Dad about her summer camp.

Changes for Molly: A Winter Story

Molly's family gets a letter from Dad, saying he's coming back home. Everyone is excited for this, but he later writes that he'll be coming back later than expected. The entire family, except for Molly, is at the show when Dad finally comes back home, earlier than expected.

Clues in the Shadows

Chances and Changes: My Journey with Molly

In The Film

In the film, James appeared in person at the start of the story until he left to work for the Army Medical Corps, unlike in the books where he was only mentioned until the events of Changes for Molly.

James is played by David Aaron Baker.

References and Footnotes

  1. In Molly's Route 66 Adventure, Molly mentions that a 90 foot totem pole will be 15 times taller than him.
  2. Molly Learns a Lesson, article illustration, pg. 59: The blanket will be sent to a hospital in England, where Dr. James McIntire, the father of Molly McIntire, is working with the U.S. Army Medical Corps.
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