Monthly Archives: November 2015

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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Morse Pond Review: Elvis and the Underdogs


Elvis and the Underdogs: Secrets, Secret Service and Room Service

Jenny Lee

Balzer + Bray


Available now

Elvis and the Underdogs: Secrets, Secret Service and Room Service is a very good book. It had a lot of excitement and action. You can really feel how Benji, the main character is feeling. Benji’s service dog, Elvis is taken away by secret services because he was supposed to be the president’s dog. Elvis is a bossy, 100-pound, know it all who can talk. One day Benji is watching a video of Elvis and he is thumping his tail and Benji realizes it is a secret code and Elvis needs help. Benji has an adventure with his friends, Alexander and Taisy to Washington D.C. to save Elvis. I loved this book and I think you should read it.

~ Sophia, 6th grade

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Morse Pond Review: A Bandit’s Tale

Bandit's TaleA Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

Deborah Hopkinson

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers


Available April 2016

A Bandit’s Tale is a great book that opens a window to what it was like to live in the 1800’s. Rocco Zaccaro is an Italian immigrant who thinks that it is normal to be begging for pennies that are supposedly going to his family back in Italy. Then, he meets The Prince of Bandit’s Roost, who turns his life into one of riches, running, and sausages. If you like history and adventure, this is the book for you!

~ Ned, 5th grade

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Morse Pond Review: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

MrLemoncellosLibraryOlympicsMr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

Chris Grabenstein

Random House for Young Readers


Available January 2016

This book is impossible to put down because of all of Mr. Lemoncello’s games and the excitement it brings. The new teams from all over the country compete against the original Lemoncello’s winners. Kyle Keeley and his friends try to compete against the top library nerds including, Marjory, a girl who knows everything and is totally against Kyle and his friends. They start to play the games and Kyle and his team realize how good the other teams are and start to lose hope. Yet, they continue to try their hardest and work as a team. I loved this book. If you liked the first Mr. Lemoncello’s Library story, then you will be sure to like this one. The first book in is still my favorite, but this one is amazing!

Sophia, age 11

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