Category Archives: Book Review

Morse Pond Review: The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins

9780525428459The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins

Gail Shepherd

Available March 2019

Penguin Publishing Group

$16.99

In this debut novel by author Gail Shepard, we meet the tenacious character of Lyndie Hawkins (named after President Lyndon B. Johnson) who is a firm believer of finding the truth in history. Set against the backdrop of small town Love’s Forge, Tennessee in 1985, Lyndie’s family is dealing with her father’s struggles based on his time in the Vietnam War. After losing his job, the family has to move in with Lyndie’s strict grandmother Lady, and her tender, but busy grandfather. As Lyndie tries to find her way at school and at home, she befriends a new boy being fostered by her best friend’s family, D.B. Through her former friendship with Dawn, and new friendship with D.B. she discovers that some secrets are not worth keeping. This is an amazing story which tackles tough issues with tenderness and truth. I will definitely be recommending it to my students!

~ Mrs. Abbott, MPS Library Teacher

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Morse Pond Review: Lizzie Flying Solo

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Lizzie Flying Solo

Nanci Turner Steveson

Available April 2019

HarperCollins

$16.99

 

The third book by Nanci Turner Steveson tugged at the heartstrings just as much as Swing Sideways and Georgia Rules did before it. In this novel, Lizzie and her mother find themselves moved into a homeless shelter after her father is put in jail for embezzling from his business. Lizzie finds a path in the woods with a fork: the first trail leads to the library where she spends time immersing herself in books, befriending the librarian and volunteering, while the second trail leads to the Birchwood Stables which becomes a second home for Lizzie. I will definitely recommend this book to all my horseback riding students. However, I will be recommending it to all students who love realistic fiction that deals with difficult situations with truth and compassion as well. Another gem of a tale from one of our favorite authors!!!

~ Mrs. Abbott, MPS Library Teacher

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Morse Pond Review: A Good Kind of Trouble

9780062836687A Good Kind of Trouble

Lisa Moore Ramee

Available March 12, 2019

HarperCollins

$16.99

A Good Kind of Trouble is an enchanting middle school novel, mixing classic drama and friendships with racism and protesting. Shayla, a seventh grader has an older sister who is part of Black Lives Matter. In the beginning of the story, all of her friendships are intact and everything is going well. (As good as junior high can get). But as the story progresses, Shayla finds herself in between a choice: her loyal friends or a boy. She cannot decide, leading to a unwanted case of cyber-bullying and one friend joining the “cool kids.” After she makes up with one of her friends, she starts a Black Lives Matter campaign at her school. She hands out black armbands, but it doesn’t end according to plan. She is taken off the track team and her parents are summoned to the office. Her parents no problem with Shayla protesting and they publicly question the principal. Shalya is allowed back on the track team, wins a meet, and makes up with both of her friends. I highly recommend this book once it is available to the public!

~ Faye, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth

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Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth

Sheila O’Connor

G.P. Putnam’s Son’s

Available now

$16.99

Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, is a riveting tale about a young girl named Reenie Kelly. The book is set during the Vietnam War, and her older brother, Billy, a wise and kind young man, may get drafted into the war. Reenie is determined not to let her brother go into the war. Reenie is faced with many obstacles, the obstinate inhabitants of the town she lives in, the cruel town sheriff, his nasty son, and his son’s friend, even her own grandmother thinks it is correct for Billy to get drafted. Mr. Marsworth, a person on her paper route, was a conscientious objector, (someone who refused to go into the war). He helps Reenie throughout her journey of overcoming society’s perspectives on conscientious objectors, and saving Billy from the war. This story is fantastic, with a surprising plot twist at the end.

~ Merritt, grade 6, age 11

 

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Morse Pond Review: Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth

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Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth

Sheila O’Connor

G.P. Putnam’s Son’s

Available now

$16.99

Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth is about a girl name Maureen (Reenie) Kelly. In the time of the bloody Vietnam war, Reenie’s mother passes away so they have to move in with their grandmother while their father tries to earn money. Reenie’s older brother, Billy, is at risk of being drafted into the war. Reenie begins to start a new life at her new home starting with being pen pals with an old man named Mr. Marsworth. Mr. Marsworth gives Reenie advice that helps her through many obstacles and may even help save her brother from the draft. They help each other through their hard times. This beautifully written story has themes talking about peace, love and family. It shows us that people can help each other through hard times and that they can encourage each other to be their best. I highly suggest this book to all readers.

~ Kylie, 6th Grade, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Ghost Boys

9780316262286Ghost Boys

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Available now

Little, Brown Company

$16.99

Ghost Boys is a book about a boy who was playing with a toy gun and a cop “mistaking” him for having a real gun. Each chapter pretty much ends in a cliffhanger.  The middle of the book told the story of Jamal’s life. Jamal in the main character of the book.  The ending is very intense. It wraps up the story very well and I think that was the best part. It was very good.  I could not put it down. I can’t wait to buy it.

~ Andrew, grade 6, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Ghost Boys

9780316262286Ghost Boys

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Available now

Little, Brown Company

$16.99

 

Ghost Boys is an amazing story. The fact that all of the events are extremely realistic made it such an emotional tale. Jerome’s friendship with Sara and Carlos, and his close bond with his sister Kim makes him even more realistic. I loved Ghost Boys and would highly recommend it to anybody who enjoys current events or a tear-jerking story of racism, friendship, and truth.

~ Anna, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Ghost Boys

9780316262286Ghost Boys

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Available now

Little Brown Company

$16.99

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes is a sad yet frighteningly true story. It is true because African American kids are being shot all over the U.S.A, but it is not a true story because the main character Jerome is a ghost. We rate this a 4.5 out of 5. This is a must-read for anyone who is in 6th-8th grade, because it is true and they should know what is happening all over their country. It snags you from the very beginning. The first chapter is a cliff-hanger and you want to know the full story.

 

~ Gideon and Brendan, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Black Panther, Young Prince

9781484787649Black Panther, Young Prince

Roland L. Smith

Available now

Marvel Press

$16.99

The book Black Panther, Young Prince  is based off a comic book from Marvel Comics and has almost nothing to do with it, but is still a really good book to read. It centers around T’challa, a boy from a mystical land called Wakanda, going to California with his best friend Mabuku. When they get to school, T’challa meets new friends Zeke and Sheila. Then, T’challa meets a strange boy called Gemini Jones and weird things start happening. A group called the Skulls start raining havoc on T’challa’s life and summoning something that could threaten the children of the Skulls lives. T’challa  has to suit up and stop the Skulls  What ensues is 41 chapters of excitement, action, and story-telling that you have to read!  I give this book a 5/5.

 

~ James, 5th Grade, age 10

 

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Morse Pond Review: The Perfect Score

9781101938256The Perfect Score

Rob Buyea

Delacorte Press

$16.99

Available October 2017

 

Randi, Gavin, Scott and Natalie are all very different people. They all join the same club to help the community. All the teachers at the school go test crazy when a state wide test comes up. One of them has an idea for all of them to ace the test. I would rate The Perfect Score 5 out of 5 stars. You will want to read it all night. Everyone will love it!

 

Christian, grade 6

$16.99

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