Customer Review: Invictus

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Ryan Graudin 

Little, Brown 

Available September 2017

$18.99 

Farway McCarthy is an anomaly. Some would even call him an aberration. He was born outside of time, on his mother’s spaceship the Ab Aeterno. After failing his time-travel exam, he steals a spaceship and with his friends travels through time looking for valuable items to sell on the black market. Far’s life is simple until one day he meets a girl who seems to know him better than he knows himself. And this girl bears a chilling message: history is being erased, events since the beginning of time are disappearing, and Far is the catalyst. Far and his crew must race through time to stop the destruction of history as they know it. Ryan Graudin has written a thrilling novel with a perfect balance of history and science fiction, and any fans of time travel should definitely add Invictus to their reading list. 

 

~ Leah, 9th grade

 

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Customer Review: The Cruel Prince

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Holly Black

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Available January 2018 

 

Jude Duarte is stolen away from the mortal world at seven years old, her parents murdered by the same faerie that then took her and her sisters to Faerie. She grows up among the faeries; their lifestyle becoming hers. She wishes more than anything to truly belong in the Faerie Court, and when she is seventeen a chance to make this dream come true finally appears: she must defy the wishes of the cruel Prince Cardan and compete in a tournament to seek knighthood. However, in gaining the power she craves, Jude finds herself in the middle of a deadly web of bloodshed and deceit, and she is the key to stopping the imminent civil war hovering over Faerie. The only way to survive is to become more ruthless than the murderers she faces. With fast-paced action, well-drawn characters and a gripping plot, The Cruel Prince will keep you up all night reading and leave you impatiently awaiting the sequel. 

~ Leah, 9th grade

 

 

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Morse Pond Review: CatStronauts

 

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Drew Brockington

7.99

April 2017

Little, Brown

 

CatStonautsRacetoMarsCatStronauts is an amazingly, funny graphic novel series about four brave cats going on a mission. These kittens will bring you to the moon and back. It is a must read for any cat or graphic novel lover. Once you start reading you can’t put it down, and I am definitely hoping for a third book.

~Gideon, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: Chester and Gus

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Cammie McGovern

HarperCollins Publisher

April 2017

 

Chester and Gus is about a chocolate lab named Chester who fails his test to become a service dog. So Chester has to just be a regular dog and go to this family that has a 10 year old shy, autistic boy named Gus. Chester is trying to figure out how he can help Gus, but Gus isn’t like the boys Chester has met. Gus doesn’t pet, pickup, or even really acknowledge that Chester is there. Chester isn’t really sure how to help Gus yet but he’s determined to find out how. Chester wants to show that he is the right dog for Gus. Chester and Gus is a great book I loved it. I would give Chester and Gus a 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this book.

~Teagan, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: Hello, Universe

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Erin Entrada Kelly

Greenwillow Books An imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

Available March 2017

You think you have it rough, say that to eleven year old Virgil Salinas. His brothers and parents are all jocks and always happy all the time. He’s just the opposite. He is very shy except around his grandmother, Gulliver (his pet guinea pig), and his friend Kaori. The only one who really understands him is Lola, his grandmother who lives with him. Then one day when while Gulliver is in Virgil’s backpack, it is thrown into a well in the woods by a bully named Chet. Now, Virgil has a decision to make. Will he be brave and go save Gulliver himself or will he go for help and leave Gulliver down there longer alone in the dark? This is one of the most amazingly interesting books I have ever read . It has  wonderful lessons that I think everyone should learn: You are never alone;  and everyone has an inner bayani (hero), you just have to find it.

~Teagan, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

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Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Marvel Publications

Available February 2017

 

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is an awesome book about a 14 year old girl named Doreen Green. She was born with a big squirrel tail and squirrel super powers. She just moved to New Jersey from California. At her new school she isn’t exactly popular and she has trouble making friends. Then one day she stops a group of sneaky, destructive teenagers and suddenly squirrel girl seems to be the new super-hero of her town. Can she handle all the pressure from being a teenager and her town’s superhero, or will she crack?  Read The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl to find out.

~ Teagan, age 10

 

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Customer Review: One Hundred Spaghetti Strings

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Jen Nails

HarperCollins

$16.99

Available April 11th, 2017

I liked One Hundred Spaghetti Strings; as a 13 year old, I think that the book is more fit from someone younger (maybe 9-11 years old). That said, the main character, Steffy, is dealing with a lot of family problems that are beyond her age, and she has some good thoughts about it. I love to cook, so I really liked the cooking aspect of the book (especially the recipes in the back). Overall I would definitely recommend this book.

~ Clara

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Morse Pond Review: Georgia Rules

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Nanci Turner Stevenson

HarperCollins

$16,99

Available May 2, 2017

Georgia Rules has all the makings of a classic that will be loved by many readers for years to come! The story centers around twelve year old Magnolia Grace (Maggie, for short) who is forced to leave her home in Georgia to spend a year on a farm in Vermont that her long-estranged, recently deceased father left to her in his will. Despite not wanting to go, Maggie falls in love with Vermont as she learns things about herself, true friendship and her family. The descriptions in the book are so well done that you feel as if you are there with this endearing cast of characters. It makes you want to hop in the car for a drive to Vermont to watch sugaring on the farm and stop at the Parker’s Country Store. This heart-warming story touches on many contemporary and important issues in a considerate, understanding and age-sensitive way. With the renewed called for diversity in children’s literature, this book MUST find its way onto all children’s library shelves when it arrives in May! As a school library teacher, my only regret is that I have to wait until May 2nd to share it with my students!

~ Mrs. Abbott, Library Media Teacher

Morse Pond Review: Love, Ish

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Karen Rivers

Algonquin Young Readers

March 2017

 

Love, Ish is a amazing book about a girl named Ish. She faces a huge challenge that she might not recover from. Her whole life she has dreamed of going to Mars, so she can escape the real world. Ish might not be able to go to Mars, because on the first day of seventh grade, she is diagnosed with a brain tumor. Her whole world is flipped upside down. This book is heartbreaking and incredible. If you liked Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, or The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, you will be sure to like this book. I am sure that I will read and re-read this book over and over again.

~ Jane, age 10, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: A Crack in the Sea

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H.M. Bouwman

Penguin Young Readers

$ 16.99

Available January 2017

A Crack in the Sea is an amazing book about two different worlds. In it, there are three different stories. One is about Kinchen and Pip. Pip has the power to talk to fish. There is also Venus and Swimmer trying to escape a slave ship. And, finally there is Sang, Mai, and Thanh trying to escape their country. On the way, they travel to different worlds. Some people have magical abilities. This book is an amazing story!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ~ Kylie, age 10 ,5th grade

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