Monthly Archives: October 2015

Morse Pond Review: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

MrLemoncellosLibraryOlympicsMr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

Chris Grabenstein

Random House Books

$16.99

Available January 5, 2016

This amazing book makes you never want to pick up another book again! Mr. Lemoncello is back with new teams, and new games. This monumental book is just as good as the first! Haven’t we all read a book where its sequel is terrible? Not this one! It’s amazing, eye-catching cover is the smallest of the surprises in this book! With a stunning plot, and special characters, this book pulls every reader in!

~ Kailei, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: The Marvels

MarvelsThe Marvels

Brian Selznick

Scholastic

$32.99

Available now

In The Marvels, you find yourself on the edge of your seat no matter where you are in the story. All the twist and turns in the plot was probably what I liked the most. The biggest twist was so genius of the author to incorporate into the story that your mind is actually blown. The twist itself was something I would change. I think that it was what the author was going for though. The ending itself was amazing. It was satisfying in all ways. The Marvels was a touching story that showed that family was surprising, and you never can predict when you will have a new member added to it. This whimsical story will get you gasping, laughing, and feeling close to tears, happy and sad. I would recommend this book to all lovers of the famous Invention of Hugo Cabret, and Wonderstruck.

~ Sklyer, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Tiara on the Terrace

Tiara on the Terrace Tiara on the Terrace

Kristen Kittscher

HarperCollins

$16.99

Available January 5, 2016

Action, Adventure and Tiaras

In this mystery book, the two sleuths return as an amazing sequel to the Wig in the Window. Sophie Young and Grace Yang just solved the biggest crime in town history! But if they thought that was hard, they’re in for another surprise. When an accident happens and the winter sun festival president Jim Steptoe winds up dead, it’s up to the two sleuths to solve the mystery. With this incredible novel, which is full of mystery and suspense, Kristen Kittscher captures the readers with her witty words and outstanding detail. If you liked the first book, The Wig in the Window you are sure to love this astonishing sequel.

Maddy F., grade 6
Wig in the Window

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Morse Pond Review: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

MrLemoncellosLibraryOlympicsMr.Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

Chris Grabenstein

Random House

$16.99

January 5, 2016

Mr.Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, by Chris Grabenstein, is a very comical sequel.  Different than Escape From Mr.Lemoncello’s Library, but they both represent a similar theme – teamwork.

Kyle Keeley is back with his teammates, this time, but not competing against each other. Teams from all around the country feel that they can beat these hometown champions. So, Mr.Lemoncello calls these competitive teams in. Together, Kyle and his team fight to keep their victory. Along the way, books start to disappear and Mr.Lemoncello loses his spirit. All the teams must join together to save everyone’s favorite library. I liked this book a lot, almost as much as the first one. The plot never slows down, surprises popping out every corner. The characters are so alive, especially Majory Muldauer, Kyle’s arch nemesis. She is so fierce and confident you would never think that she has a side of her that she tries to hide. I would recommend this book to everyone who loved the first book of these amusing series.

~ Grace, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Every Soul a Star

EverySoulAStarEvery Soul A Star

Wendy Mass

Little, Brown

$8.99

Available now

Every Soul A Star is a great book. I really loved how real the characters were, and how their personalities are revealed. Wendy Mass does a fantastic replica of teenagers, I’ve never, ever read a book like that before. Her awesome details pull the reader in, and makes you never want to put the book down. Two teenage girls, and one teenage boy all meet on a mystical, beautiful campsite. Waiting for a Lunar Eclipse, they go on a mission… but will they survive the daring of the adventure, or each other? This book is amazing, and even if you’re not a big reader, it will make you one. If you are already a big reader,  it will make you a bigger reader. You will especially love this book if you’ve read any of these books: A Dog’s Life, Listen, Slowly, or Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s library. If you’re in any doubt about in reading it, or just think that this is just a regular same-old, -same-old book……..READ IT!

~ Kailei, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

MrLemoncellosLibraryOlympicsMr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

Chris Grabenstein

Random House

$16.99

Available January 5, 2016

If you liked the book Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, this is the sequel to that book. Kyle Keeley and his teammates are having the best lives after winning Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Escape.Soon, other states are complaining that they did not get to compete, and they had an unfair chance.Mr. Lemoncello soon decides to find the top four Library Olympians in the six regions. Everyone gathers together for a wacky, library themed Olympics, and together, they find some unexpected twists and turns when Charles Chiltington and his mother threaten to take over the Alexandriaville’s public library.

~ Ava, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: A Frozen Heart

FrozenHeartA Frozen Heart

Elizabeth Rudnick

Disney Press

$14.99

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In A Frozen Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick, I learned a whole new way of looking at the hit movie, Frozen. This outstanding story opened a new window for me. I loved how the author switched point of view, from the mischievous Prince Hans, and the energetic Princess Anna. The one and only thing that I wasn’t a fan of was the cover. I suggest doing something more intriguing, maybe with Olaf. However, the hands were a good sign for Frozen movie lovers, because you then can identify that it is, indeed, about Frozen. The tale got me laughing many, many times when the beloved Olaf is introduced to the story, and lines from the movie are repeated and written in the book. The author made me want to know more, but the ending was so well written that I was SATISFIED with the ending, which is something you absolutely cannot put a price on. What you learn in this book keeps you wondering why, and when the answer is revealed, you know exactly that, and more. This story looked like a darker version and twist on Frozen to me at first sight. Although I soon realized that this was not that at all. Instead, it was better than the movie. It brought you deeper into the depths of Arendelle, closer to the North Mountain, and answer all those questions you wanted to know when you watched Frozen for fifth, sixth, or seventh time. The moment I finished reading the first page, I was hooked. If you liked Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library you will fall head over heels for this book. I recommend this book to everybody, all ages. Holding the book was like holding something as precious as a crown. It sucks you into the world that you never knew you dreamed of.

-Skyler, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Curiosity House, The Shrunken Head

ShrunkenHeadCuriosity House: The Shrunken Head

Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester

HarperCollins

$16.99

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Curiosity House, The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver and H.C. Chester is an exciting book, set in the 1930s in New York. When a fourth child joins the group of orphans with extraordinary abilities living in Dumfrey’s Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders, murders begin happening, and people think it’s linked to the shrunken head, the newest addition to the museum’s collection. When the head is stolen, Max, Pippa, Thomas, and Sam will do all the can to solve the Curse of the Shrunken Head. One of the best parts about the book is the characters, so different from each other, and anybody I have ever met. This is the best book I have ever read!

~ Sadie, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: The Marvels

MarvelsThe Marvels

Brian Selznick

Scholastic

$32.99

Available now

The Marvels by Brian Selznick is a story about a teenage boy who runs away from his boarding school to his uncle who he does not know very well. He discovers that his uncle lives in a strange way. Nothing in his house is ever different, and there seem to be ghosts of all kinds roaming the halls from people to birds to horses.The first 200 pages or so are all pictures telling the Marvels made up story and is the only part of the book I dislike. If you are a fan of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck you would love this book.

~ Tommy, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: George

GeorgeGeorge

Alex Gino

Scholastic

$16.99

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I read George by Alex Gino in an hour and 17 minutes and enjoyed every second. I thought that this book was very touching and I could not seem to find a character, passage, paragraph, or even word I did not like. The characters were perfect, as were word choice and everything else. I hope there will be a sequel, or a series. I think that this is a breakthrough book, and I hope it will inspire others to write about a “touchy subject,” as some people find transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay, and genderqueer people to be.

~ Juliana, grade 6

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