Category Archives: Book Review

Customer Review: One Hundred Spaghetti Strings

onehundredspaghettistringsOne Hundred Spaghetti Strings

Jen Nails

HarperCollins

$16.99

Available April 11th, 2017

I liked One Hundred Spaghetti Strings; as a 13 year old, I think that the book is more fit from someone younger (maybe 9-11 years old). That said, the main character, Steffy, is dealing with a lot of family problems that are beyond her age, and she has some good thoughts about it. I love to cook, so I really liked the cooking aspect of the book (especially the recipes in the back). Overall I would definitely recommend this book.

~ Clara

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Staff Review: The Forgetting

 

ForgettingThe Forgetting

Sharon Cameron

Scholastic

$18.99

Available September 13, 2016

Every twelve years, the city of Canaan falls into the Forgetting, a day where everyone’s memories vanish. The only way to remember events from before the Forgetting or even clues to who you are as an individual is by keeping detailed entries in your personal book. Your book is your identity, but the truth can easily be twisted or misrepresented and no one truly knows exactly what has happened. Except for Nadia. She has never forgotten. She remembers exactly what has happened. She knows who’s telling the truth and who isn’t. Nadia’s memories allow her to investigate how the city of Canaan came to be. Because she remembers her past, she is less afraid than her neighbors and ventures over the stone wall that is supposedly protecting the city. When Gray catches her coming back over the wall, he threatens to expose her secrets unless she helps him. With the next Forgetting approaching, Nadia and Gray must figure out what is destroying Canaan. Or this time everyone will forget what the truth really is.

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Staff Review: With Malice

WithMaliceWith Malice
Eileen Cook
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
$17.99
Available now

Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital bed not remembering anything for the past 6 weeks. She doesn’t remember the once in a lifetime trip to Italy she just took with her best friend. The trip which was supposed to be fun and exciting, that instead turns into a deadly car accident. Jill is told that her friend Simone was killed during the accident, but now questions are being raised about whether the accident was intentional. As Jill slowly regains her memory, she tries to piece together bits of information that will explain what really happened to Simone and what led up to the accident. Is Jill responsible for Simone’s death, or is she being framed? With Malice is a great summer read for anyone who loves mysteries.

~ Lana

 

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Review: I Used to Be a Fish

IUsedtoBeaFishI Used to Be a Fish

Tom Sullivan

HarperCollins

$17.99

Available October 2016

Follow a fish through the hardships and difficulties encountered in each stage of its evolution until it becomes a young boy, pondering what comes next. Watch the fish grow and adapt to better deal with each situation it encounters. Through a simple but effective view of evolution, Sullivan creates a beautifully unique version of Earth’s history that will teach kids their ancient roots in an entertaining and attention-grabbing manner. The eye-popping illustrations and the bright color scheme will grab kids’ attention. The journey of a fish as it evolves into a rat, a monkey, and finally a human child just like them will keep them interested and entertained. The illustrations and the journey narrated in this book both leap off the pages and let children know that they can be anything they want. Ages 4-8.

~ Julia and Lana

 

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Morse Pond Review: Class Dismissed

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Allan Woodrow

Scholastic Press

$15.99

Available now
Class Dismissed is a book about a class of kids whose teacher quits, but they do not tell anyone.  The children find that class is hard with no teacher, but they learn more about things that they would ever learn in school normally. It starts off by telling you about how mean Ms. Bryce, their teacher, is. They begin an experiment and Ms Bryce’s shoes become completely soaked in vinegar, which leads to her quitting right after. She called the principal right before she quit. One of the kids in the class got sent to the principal’s office right before this happened, and he heard the recording in the office when the principal was  doing something else. He went right back to the classroom after that. When he got back no one knew what to do, so one group of kids decided to goof off. After two days of total chaos, one kid decides to take over. Crazy things happen, and eventually they must write their own play… from scratch.

This is a very good book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes twists in a story.

~ Ben W., age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Baker’s Magic

 

Baker's MagicBaker’s Magic

Diane Zahler

Capstone Young Readers

$12.95

Available February 2016

Bee, an orphan, runs away from her foster parents who torture her. She walks for miles and miles to another town. When she gets there she steals a roll from a bakery. The baker, Master Bouts, takes her in as his apprentice. She finds out she has a magical power. This book has adventure, friendship, trust and plenty of action. Bee is a kind, sweet and adventurous girl. This is an incredible book and everybody should read it.

~ Sophia, 11

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Staff Review: The Girl from Everywhere

 

the girl from everywhereThe Girl From Everywhere

Heidi Heilig

Greenwillow Books

$17.99

Available February 2016

For those of you seeking one roller-coaster of an adventure without leaving your chair, then The Girl From Everywhere written by Heidi Heilig is the book for you. Once I started to read the book, it became impossible to put it down. This story focuses on a sixteen year old girl named Nixie or Nix for short: a girl born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1868. A girl who since then has been sailing around the world on a ship with her father and various other crew members, from century to century, country to country. The setting of them traveling around on one huge ship from sea to sea has that whole Pirates of a Caribbean kind of feel. On the way they collect numerous exotic species, one of them being a rare bird that Nix manages to steal from a bird keeper in India, that has the power to cure any illness by simply looking the sick person in the eye.

Nix’s father sees her as nothing but bait. He will use her to get whatever he needs, wherever he needs, no matter how dangerous the situation may be. His main objective is to get back to 1868 Honolulu Hawaii where the story all began, to reunite with the love of his life before she died giving birth to Nix. Unfortunately, the future won’t look bright for Nix if she does help her father. Instead it will cost Nix her own life.

~Eryn, 16

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Staff Review: Blood and Salt

blood and saltBlood and Salt

Kim Liggett

G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Available: Now

$17.99

On reading the very first page of Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett, I was instantly hooked. I really appreciate Liggett’s rich detail and how she describes every part down to the smallest detail which created strong imagery. As I read, I could picture everything happening including Ash’s gruesome vision of the dead girl hanging upside down on the kitchen table, ropes digging into her ankles, a trace of blood running from her cut across her hand. Ash’s visions are as evocative as watching a horror movie.

This suspenseful page turner centers around 17 year old Ash, daughter of Nina Larkin, a woman who escaped the harsh, spiritual commune of Quivira Kansas 17 years ago to raise her children in New York, away from the Mayhem that existed back home in Kansas.

Ash is a girl who could possibly be a conduit, someone who sees into the past and a has visions of their ancestors including the gruesome rituals that they conducted. When her mother’s final protection spell fades, she finds herself even more plagued with visions of her ancestor named Katia. If that isn’t enough to handle, Ash is haunted by visions of a dead girl. A girl she is tied to because of her gift. A girl that has been with Ash ever since she could remember. A girl that may be Katia, but looks just like Ash. With just six precious days left and the clock ticking, Ash and her brother Rhys set out to go to Quivira, Kansas to save their mother from doing the unthinkable on the night of the summer solstice.

Ash and Rhys want to save their mother Nina, but as their journey becomes more and more harrowing, Ash realizes it isn’t just her mother that needs saving but also herself. This book is perfect for the young adult looking for the ultimate fantasy suspenseful thriller.

~ Eryn, 16

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Customer review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

accident seasonThe Accident Season

Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Kathy Dawson Books,

$17.99

Available now

Accidents Happen.  Our bones shatter, our skin splits, our hearts break.  We burn, we drown we stay alive.

In The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, every October Cara and her family are accident-prone.  With the disappearance of a former friend and a sudden attraction to her ex-stepbrother, this accident season will be one of the bad ones. This book is a great, quick read and I recommend this book to a reader who loves a good mystery.

~ Emily, 17

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Customer review: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

dead houseThe Dead House

Dawn Kurtagich

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers,

$18.00

Available: September 15th, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. It was an interesting and unusual mix of psychological thriller and dark fantasy, and it was more than suspenseful enough to keep me reading. The format, which consisted of captioned video footage, newspaper clippings, and excerpts from the main character’s diary, was cleverly done in that it told the whole story without the need for much added explanation. Though pretty open-ended, the conclusion answered the story’s important questions in a way that made sense; something a lot of thrillers struggle to do. I would recommend this book for kids age 14 and up, as there is violence and some sexual themes.

Jason ~18

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