Morse Pond Review: Moo


Sharon Creech



Available August 30, 2016

That stubborn Zora! Reena and Luke are the new kids on the block when they must take care of creepy Mrs. Falala’s (Fuh-LAH-lah) cow, Zora. Teaching a belted galloway (like Zora) to become a show cow takes a lot of hard work, and the whole-hearted Maine boy Zep is happy to help out. Between Luke teaching how to draw, and Reena making a new friend, this book shows you that new experiences are an amazing opportunity to change your life, you just have to have the courage to try.

You will NOT be able to put this book down as soon as you read the first sentence.

~ Ava, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry


Roll of ThunderRoll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Mildred D. Taylor

Dial Books

40th Anniversary Edition $18.99

paperback edition $7.99

The Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry series by Mildred D. Taylor is about a young black girl named Cassie who is living in the 1960s when black people are not treated equally. She witnesses many horrible events and must live with them lingering in her mind. Cassie has three brother and lives with her parents and her grandmother. As she grows older she must be more and more careful about where she goes and who she talks to. This is a heart-breaking and heart-warming story of tragedy, and friendships. This Newbery Medal award winning book is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. If you ever need a book to make you teary-eyed or if you are bored on a rainy day find this book and you won’t be able to put it down.

~ Alanna H., grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: Minrs



Kevin Sylvester

Margaret K. McElderry Books


Available now

Minrs, by Kevin Sylvester, is an amazing story that opens up a window to imagination. It uses an amazing array of characters to unveil an interesting plot. The main character, Christopher, is on the newest dwarf planet in the Solar System, Perses. It is home to many minerals to help humans survive, seeing as they are running out. He and his parents are some of the many to travel there to mine. However, just as they lose all communication with Earth for 2 months, pirates come to steal the ore. All the adults are killed or captured, and the children must stay safe in the mines. I really enjoyed this book because there is so much action and suspense. You have no idea what’s coming next, and the book has everything from tanks to weapons to codes to a little romance, and everything in between. “The kids run. They hide. But can they survive?”.

~ Luke, 10

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Morse Pond Review: Class Dismissed

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Allan Woodrow

Scholastic Press


Available now
Class Dismissed is a book about a class of kids whose teacher quits, but they do not tell anyone.  The children find that class is hard with no teacher, but they learn more about things that they would ever learn in school normally. It starts off by telling you about how mean Ms. Bryce, their teacher, is. They begin an experiment and Ms Bryce’s shoes become completely soaked in vinegar, which leads to her quitting right after. She called the principal right before she quit. One of the kids in the class got sent to the principal’s office right before this happened, and he heard the recording in the office when the principal was  doing something else. He went right back to the classroom after that. When he got back no one knew what to do, so one group of kids decided to goof off. After two days of total chaos, one kid decides to take over. Crazy things happen, and eventually they must write their own play… from scratch.

This is a very good book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes twists in a story.

~ Ben W., age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Baker’s Magic


Baker's MagicBaker’s Magic

Diane Zahler

Capstone Young Readers


Available February 2016

Bee, an orphan, runs away from her foster parents who torture her. She walks for miles and miles to another town. When she gets there she steals a roll from a bakery. The baker, Master Bouts, takes her in as his apprentice. She finds out she has a magical power. This book has adventure, friendship, trust and plenty of action. Bee is a kind, sweet and adventurous girl. This is an incredible book and everybody should read it.

~ Sophia, 11

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Morse Pond Review: Sunny Side Up

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Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm



Available now

I loved the book, Sunny Side Up. It is about a girl, Sunny, who goes alone to visit Florida where her grandfather lives. She finds out her grandfather lives in a place where a bunch of old people live (like really old people). Her brother is having problems at home so instead of going on an amazing vacation with her friend, she has to go to Florida. She has many adventures in Florida with her grandfather and the new boy she meets, Buzz, who is obsessed with comics and introduces Sunny to them and finds out she loves them. Sunny and Buzz end up having a great time in Florida while Sunny tries to forget about the problems her brother is having. Sunny Side Up is one of the best graphic novels ever.

~ Sophia, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco

Look Both Ways in the Barrio BlancoLook Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco

Judith Robbins Rose

Candlewick Press


Available now

I really enjoyed this book, and I loved the fact that it reflects a lot of Mexican culture.  The main character, Jacinta Juarez struggles to admit the fact that her Mama has gone, and might not make it back across the Mexican border.  Meanwhile, she is paired with a rich and famous mentor, Jacinta is not sure where she belongs.  She doesn’t know whether to stay with her family, and work as a cleaning lady, or follow her dream with the help of her new mentor and become something different.

Everyone can love Jacinta’s realistic attitude, how she wants her mentor to herself, and keep her forever.  Her perseverance is long tunnel that goes on forever as she fights to get her Mama back and show the world what she can do.  For those who are fans of Listen, Slowly, or Bayou Magic, you would like this book.

~ Grace H., age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Baker’s Magic


Baker's MagicBaker’s Magic

Diane Zahler

Capstone Young Readers


Available February 2016

Baker’s Magic is very enjoyable, and full of magic and adventure.  The main character, Bee, short for Beatrice, has run away from her foster parents, and to her surprise ends up with a baker.  In the baker’s town, she learns to love the art of culinary, while meeting princesses and pirates, and fighting evil mages.  Baker’s Magic is lots of fun to read, with unexpected twists and turns everywhere.  People who love a little bit of humor tossed in with adventure would be enchanted with this book.

~ Grace, age 11

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Staff Review: The Girl from Everywhere


the girl from everywhereThe Girl From Everywhere

Heidi Heilig

Greenwillow Books


Available February 2016

For those of you seeking one roller-coaster of an adventure without leaving your chair, then The Girl From Everywhere written by Heidi Heilig is the book for you. Once I started to read the book, it became impossible to put it down. This story focuses on a sixteen year old girl named Nixie or Nix for short: a girl born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1868. A girl who since then has been sailing around the world on a ship with her father and various other crew members, from century to century, country to country. The setting of them traveling around on one huge ship from sea to sea has that whole Pirates of a Caribbean kind of feel. On the way they collect numerous exotic species, one of them being a rare bird that Nix manages to steal from a bird keeper in India, that has the power to cure any illness by simply looking the sick person in the eye.

Nix’s father sees her as nothing but bait. He will use her to get whatever he needs, wherever he needs, no matter how dangerous the situation may be. His main objective is to get back to 1868 Honolulu Hawaii where the story all began, to reunite with the love of his life before she died giving birth to Nix. Unfortunately, the future won’t look bright for Nix if she does help her father. Instead it will cost Nix her own life.

~Eryn, 16

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Morse Pond Review: The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson ElementaryThe Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary

Laura Shovan

Wendy Lamb Books


Available April 12, 2015

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary is a window into what it feels like when a place you love might get torn down. But the fifth graders in Ms. Hill’s class are not going to let that happen. Each character has a unique personality. Humorous and poetic, this book really shows what it means to stand up and have school spirit. My favorite character in the story is Sydney. I like that she was a little bit tomboyish and girly at the same time. My favorite part is when Shoshanna stood up for herself and tells Hannah Wiles she is not going to be her servant anymore. I really liked this book and I hope Laura Shovan will continue writing poetry.
~ Josephine, age 11

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