Monthly Archives: October 2019

Morse Pond Review: Worse Than Weird

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Jody J. Little

HarperCollins

$16.99

Available March 10, 2020

Let me start off by saying, what a book! So many amazing things happened that made it one of the best books I have ever read. I strongly recommend this book. Every chapter is a cliffhanger. I stayed up all night sometimes just to read this book. I would wake up
in the morning with the book on my chest wide open. I would just continue reading until my bus got to my house. If you read this, be warned the same thing will happen to you. Be ready! This book is realistic fiction with a little mystery thrown in there. As
soon as this book is out, rush to the store and get it. Jody J. Little, please make a second one!

~Jacob, Grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Things You Can’t Say

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Jenn Bishop

Aladdin

$17.99

Available March 3, 2020

This book was definitely a favorite for me. It was about a boy named Drew who lost his father. Then, Drew’s Mom invited someone that Drew had never even known about to stay with them for a couple nights. Drew was starting to think that Phil and his mom were more than friends. I can sort of relate to what Drew is thinking, from when I first met my step-dad, even though Phil will not end up being Drew’s stepdad. If you like to read realistic fiction books, and enjoy reading about people like YOU than this book will be great for you. I personally give this book a ⅘, which as you can tell, is a pretty high rating.

~Aimee, Grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Guts

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Raina Telgemeier

Graphix

$12.99

Available now!

Guts was a very interesting book! I liked how the main character had to overcome obstacles. The book is based off the real events of Raina Telgemeier. It is clear that there was a lot of thought put into the making of the book. The illustrations were phenomenal (like usual). Overall it was an enjoyable read. I would read it again if I could. I give the book a 9.5 out of 10. I recommend Guts!

~Connor, Grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: White Bird

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R.J. Palacio

Knopf Books for Young Readers

$24.99

Available now!

This book was a great read. I loved it so much that I finished it in one night! This book was based off of Wonder, talking about Julian’s Grandma and her experience in World War 2. This book is heartfelt and sweet. I would 100% recommend this book if you liked Wonder or Auggie & Me also by R.J. Palacio. I feel very strongly that if you are into historical fiction and graphic novels, then this book will be great for you. You may even shed a couple tears if you are like me. The book isn’t sad, but it does pull on the heartstrings. I hope you take my advice and read White Bird!

~Aimee, Grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: The Haunting

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Lindsey Duga

Scholastic Press

$6.99

Available February 4, 2020

This book was great! It was about a girl who is an orphan and gets adopted by a rich family. Everything is great until strange things start happening. She meets a friend in her backyard named Kat. Whenever she’s with Kat, strange things happen. Emily feels like she is going crazy. When she tells her new parents that she thinks there’s a ghost in the house, they are not pleased. I really liked this book and anyone who likes horror/fiction books will LOVE this book!

~Lea, Grade 6

 

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Morse Pond Review: Bug Boys

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Laura Knetzger

Random House Graphic

$13.99

Available February 11, 2020

Bug Boys is the endearing tale of Rhino-B and Stag-B, two great friends who go on adventures in which they find more about the world, their friendships, and themselves. The book is split into multiple short stories, which show the adventures that Stag-B and Rhino-B go on, whether it be to the beach or a spooky cave, the Bug Boys are always having fun or learning something about themselves. This book is great, though the focus is on Rhino and Stag-B, the side characters, such as Tula, Dome Spider, and Dragonfly’s characters are also explored thoroughly. Overall, the stories are fun, entertaining, and humorous , and the themes and morals are good things to live by. The only complaints I have for this are that I wish we could have explored this bug civilization more. It would be nice to get some more insight on how these bugs live in a society, but that might come in the sequel. My other complaint is for the early chapters of the book, and I know it was changed by the end, but Stag-B’s nose in the first couple of stories is really ugly. Though it was fixed, when I first got the book, and the design of the faces differed from the cover, I was kind of disappointed. It would look better to just erase his nose entirely. Other than that, this book is a great 8.5/10 for me, and I can’t wait for the sequel!

~Max, Grade 6

 

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Morse Pond Review: Aster and the Accidental Magic

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Thom Pico and Karensac

Random House Graphic

Available March 3, 2020

$12.99

Aster and the Accidental Magic is a great book with
two parts in it. Aster, the main character gets into trouble while taking a walk in her new house in the mountains. She is upset that she had to move here from her place in the city. If you want to hear about her adventures with her talking dog, Buzz then
I suggest reading this graphic novel. I would give it a 5/5 stars!

~Charley, Grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 (I Survived Graphic Novel #1)

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Lauren Tarshis

Graphix

Available February 4, 2020

$10.99

This book lives up to its title I Survived! When the main character, George climbs onto the door floating in the water it reminds me of the movie Titanic. It was a super good story and left me at a cliffhanger whenever I had to stop reading. The end of the book kind of reminds me of Jack & Annie from the Magic Treehouse Series where there’s information about the Titanic. Also, I liked when the book referenced Hansel and Gretel when another character named Phoebe drops lemon drops on the ground for them to find her when she’s lost on board. The illustrations were great! It was wonderful to see the book as a graphic novel form because I have read it before. I give this book 4 stars out of five.

~Ethan, Grade 5

 

 

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Morse Pond Review: Guts

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Guts

Raina Telgemeier

Graphix

Available now!

$12.99

Raina Telgemeier is one of my favorite authors. She writes books about her childhood and her own ideas. Guts is about her own life. In this book she is about nine years old and has a problem with being sick. She is horrified of it! She would see a therapist and soon get over her fears! I recommend this, and some of her other books for all readers. 5/5 stars for Guts!

~Julie, Grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: The Runaway Princess

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The Runaway Princess

Johan Troïanowski

Random House Graphic

Available January 21, 2020

 $12.99

 This is an adorable book about a little princess who runs away to see a party that she dreamed of going to for years. There is a second part in the middle called “The Princess Runs away again, by accident this time.” I love this book! In my opinion I would give it 5/5 stars! I recommend it for all the readers who don’t have time to read long books because this is a graphic novel. This book is also great for readers who love adventures because the details and imagination blows out of this book like a hurricane!

~Julie, Grade 5

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