Category Archives: Books

Morse Pond Review: The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray

9781101919286The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray

E. Latimer

Available on Feb. 13, 2018

Tundra Books

$17.99

 

Bryony is a girl that was locked in her attic for 13 years. Her aunt and uncle did this to her. They were cruel to her. They said they were buying her more paints, but her mysterious patron actually bought the paints. They were buying jewelry and saving money to make an addition to their house. Filled with craziness, we highly recommend The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray.  

~ Phoebe and Emerson, Grade 5

 

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Morse Pond Review: Problim Children

ProblimChildrenThe Problim Children

Natalie Lloyd

Katherine Tegen Books

February 6, 2018

$16.99

The Problim Children is about seven strange children born on different days of the week. Mona born on a Monday, Toot born on a Tuesday, Wendell born on a Wednesday, Thea born on a Thursday, Frida born on a Friday, Sal born on a Saturday, and Sundae, the oldest, born on a Sunday. They move to a small town where they have to prove that they are not dangerous. This book is a mix of comedy, fantasy, mystery, and action. It’s hard not to love the famous seven. Each character has an important part in the story and everyone can relate to one of them. I would rate this book a 5/5. It is one of my favorite books. It really shows you what it’s like to be a kid. It also shows the struggles of getting over your fears and making friends. It is very relatable, but also completely different.

The Fox loved this book                                                                                                                        But it’s time to go                                                                                                                                Back to her nook                                                                                                                                Full of many more books  

~ Kylie, age Friday’s Child

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Morse Pond Review: Smart Cookie

SmartCookieSmart Cookie

Elly Swartz

Available January 30, 2018

Scholastic Press

$16.99

 

Smart Cookie by Elly Swartz is now my favorite book in the whole wide world. It’s about a girl named Frankie who lives in a B&B with her father, her hedgehog Winston, her rambunctious puppy Lucy, and her grandmother. Frankie is missing a piece of her life, her mother. Frankie decides to secretly sign her father up for an online dating website. There are so many contenders but none of them are the perfect missing puzzle piece in Frankie’s life. Frankie’s life is getting crazier and crazier. Her best friend is not talking to her, there is supposedly some ghost haunting her B&B, and her family is keeping secrets from her. I definitely recommend  this book. It is a 6 out of 5!

~ Teagan, age 11

 

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Morse Pond Review: The Midnight Gang

MidnightGangThe Midnight Gang

David Walliams

Harper Collins

Release Date: February 27, 2018

$16.99

 

Tom is sent to the hospital after being hit by a nasty cricket ball to his head. On the way he meets George, Amber, Robin and the porter, who are all  part of the midnight gang. All of the children have been going on adventures to have their dreams come true. The porter helps them on their way to their adventures with the newest member, Tom. The story centers around Tom and the midnight gang going on different scenarios of making their dreams come to life and the consequences that follow along. The matron is trying to stop the gang from their adventures. There are loads more characters and funny and sad scenarios that will give you an experience of joy that makes 476 pages worth the reading when the book is published in February! If you like Roald Dahl, I recommend this book, which I give a 10/5.

~ James, age 10  

 

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Morse Pond Review: Annie’s Life in Lists

9781524765095Annie’s Life in Lists

Kristin Mahoney

Random House

$16.99 

Available in May 2018

 

Oh my goodness! I don’t know where to start.  This amazing book is a cross between Judy Blume and Roald Dahl. It’s genius! Annie’s Life in Lists is the best book I have ever read and that’s saying a lot!! I read all day, every day. I love how most of this book is lists. When I first heard of this book, I thought It would be hard to follow, but it’s really not. It’s as clear as any book written in normal text. Everyone should definitely read this book!

~ Adele, grade 6

 

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Morse Pond Review: Suee and the Shadow

9781419725647Suee and the Shadow

Ginger Ly and illustrated by Molly Park

Amulet Books

$12.99

Available now

 

When Suee Lee goes to a dull new school, something strange starts to happen. When her own shadow comes to life she knows something’s up. Will her shadow take over? What is a zero? You will have to find out in Suee and the Shadow. I would give this book a 5/5 stars. I love the new things that she finds out and could not put the book down. I would read until midnight! I liked how her shadow can only take bullied kids and turn them into a zero.

~ Avery, age 10

 

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Morse Pond Review: Funny Kid for President

9780062572912Funny Kid for President

Matt Stanton

Harper Collins

$12.99

Available January 2, 2018

 

Max, the funny kid for president, is in a mess up straight away. Max and his friends are trying to figure out who will be the new class president. But, something mysterious is going on here at his school. Their principal is rigging the election so that Layla (Mr. Armstrong’s favorite student)  can win the election. Max has figured out the mystery and now Mr. Armstrong is in big trouble. Now everybody votes and to see who is the class president. Can Max win the election? Read this hilarious book to find out. This is one of my new favorite books of all times. I can’t wait for the next book, Funny Kid Stand Up!

 

Nathan, 10, grade 5

 

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Morse Pond Review: Pennyroyal Academy

9780142427149Pennyroyal Academy

M. A. Larson

Puffin Books

$8.99

Available now

 

Pennyroyal Academy by M.A Larson is an incredible book about a girl who doesn’t know anything about herself, not even her own name. She goes to Pennyroyal Academy to become a princess and fight the two main dangers; dragons and witches. Along the way she starts to get her memory back and learns many things about her life and what it means to be a princess. I definitely recommend this book. It is a definite 5 out of 5 stars.

~ Teagan, age 12

 

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Morse Pond Review: This Would Make a Good Story Someday

9781101938171This Would Make A Good  Story Someday

Dana Alison Levy

Random House Children’s Books

$16.99

Available Now

 

This Would Make A Good Story Someday is a amazing story about a girl named Sara, who has to survive a long family road trip with her two moms, her younger sister nicknamed Ladybug, and her older sister Laurel. At first she is frustrated that she has to go, but along the way she learns what it means to be a true family. She meets friends that she knows she will remember for a long time. Along the way she attempts to reinvent herself, but learns how to accept who she truly is. This is an incredible book that I would definitely recommend to many people.

~ Jane, age 11

 

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Morse Pond Review: Finding Perfect

9780374303129Finding Perfect

Elly Swartz

Farrar Straus Giroux

$16.99

Available Now

 

Molly Nathans is a twelve-year-old girl who must have everything perfect. After her parents split, her mom’s new job is forcing her to move to Canada, for a whole year, or more. Molly life is comprised of a plan to bring her mom home, while she struggles with her OCD disorder that is slowly obtaining all of her attention. Will Molly’s plan work? Will she find a way to handle her new and old obsession? Join Molly on her journey to see if she is really crazy, or is she just telling  herself this. Finding Perfect is now my favorite book of all time! Everyone should read it!

~ Bella, grade 6

 

 

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