Monthly Archives: December 2013

Morse Pond Review: Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird

9781623650322Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird

Written by Eleanor Hawken

Illustrated by John Kelly



Available Now

Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird is about a young boy named Sammy Feral. His family zoo just got a little bit crazy. Everyone in his family including his dog have turned into werewolves. Luckily, he has not. Sammy now has the help of two new friends, Red and Donny, who are both cryptozoologist, whom he finds quite weird. Probably because they are not normal, but neither is Sammy. Red has the ability to bend metal, and Sammy has the ability to talk to “make-believe’’ animals such as werewolves. So all together the three friends are trying to save the family. Along the way a creepy professor is trying to make the Feral family give over the zoo. And, if they do not, he will tell the whole world. Will Sammy find the cure? Will the family sell the zoo? To find out read the book Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird by Eleanor Hawken.

~ Chloe, age 10

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Morse Pond Reviews: Magic Marks the Spot

9780062194343The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot

Written by Caroline Carlson

Illustrated by Dave Philips



Available Now

I loved reading Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson, which is a mysterious adventure. The main characters Hilary Westfield and the Gargoyle want to become pirates. But, Hilary’s father is the admiral of the Royal Navy. So, Hilary can’t become a pirate. All this leads up to a great adventure full of mystery and action. I would recommend this book to ages 7-11. This is an awesome book!

~ Cole 10

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Morse Pond Reviews: 26-Story Treehouse

9781250026910The 26-Story Treehouse

Written by Andy Griffiths

Illustrated by Terry Denton

Feiwel & Friends


Available April 2014

The 26-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths is a lighthearted adventure that I love. The main characters Andy and Terry accidentally put their underwear in the shark tank, and then a group of pirates tries to attack them! This book is for lovers of adventure, lightheartedness, and quick stories (it only took me 54 minutes to read!). I think that this book is the best book I have read this season. I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out!

~ Ryan, 10

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Morse Pond Review: Fish Finelli

9781452108209Fish Finelli Book 1: Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles

Written by Erica Faber

Illustrated by Jason Beene

Chronicle Books


Available April 2014

Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles is about three buddies named Fish, TJ and Roger. They want to beat their arch enemy Bryce in a boat race. But when Fish helps someone out, the race starts before Fish can start his engine! When he finally gets his engine started, he is way behind. He goes full throttle and catches up. He passes one boat then another! Just one more boat to pass, and he is head to head with Bryce. What will happen? You will have to read it find out! But you have to wait until April 2014!!!

~ Nick, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: The Nethergrim

9780399159985The Nethergrim

Matthew Jobin

Philomel Books


Available April 2014

The Nethergrim is a fast pace action thriller with danger around every turn. The action starts when Edmund, Katherine, Tom and Jumble the dog go to save a group of kids and Katherine’s dad from an ancient evil that is back for revenge. It is a good book for kids that reads at a higher level then most. ~ Kevin, age 11

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