Category Archives: Books

Morse Pond Review: The White Tower

9781338157444The White Tower

Cathryn Constable

Available now

Scholastic

$16.99


Livy is a girl with her head literally in the clouds, due to a major event that changed her personality and outlook on the world. This book is an amazing story of a girl with special blood that gives her a strange sensation. Filled with mystery and surprise, I highly recommend The White Tower! 5/5 stars!

 

Anna, grade 6

 

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Morse Pond Review: Olga We’re Outta Here

Olga: We're Out of Here!Olga We’re Outta Here

Elise Gravel

March 2018

Harper Collins

 $12.99

This is an exciting and amazing sequel to Olga And The Smelly Thing. This mix of a graphic novel and fiction story has surprises and jokes on every page. At the end, a cute and surprising surprise surprises every reader. I rate this 5 out of 5.

 

Gideon, Age 11, Grade 6

 

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Morse Pond Review: Finding Perfect

9780374303129Finding Perfect

Elly Swartz

Available now

Farrar Straus Giroux

$16.99

 

Molly needs everything perfect. It is getting harder and harder every day. Her mom left and she has an idea to get her back.This is a book that gets better and better with every page. Once you start it you, will not want to stop. I would rate it 6 out of 5 stars. If I were you, I would grab this book before it becomes hard to get a copy.

 

Christian, Grade 6, Age 11

 

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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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Morse Pond Review: Lights, Camera, Disaster

 

9781338134087Lights, Camera, Disaster

Erin M. Dionne

Arthur A. Levine Books

$16.99

Available March 27, 2018

Lights, Camera, Disaster is about a girl named Hester Greene who has severe ADHD and anxiety. Hess loves making movies. When she has her camera in-hand she can make decisions, and be organized. But with her disorders, doing things that other students would find easy, come extremely hard to her.

Hess has to save her language arts grade or else she won’t be able to pass the eighth grade. If she can’t bring up her grade, she will not be able to move up to high school.

Coming from a kid that has ADHD and Severe Anxiety, Hester Greene is one of the most relatable book characters ever created. I give Lights Camera Disaster a five-star-review. This book is a must-read for anyone who is struggling with conditions like Hess.

~ Merritt, 6th grade

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Morse Pond Review: Olga We’re Out of Here!

Olga: We're Out of Here!Olga We’re out of Here!

Elise Gravel

HarperCollins

$12.99

Available March, 2018

 

Olga we’re out of Here is an awesome work of comedy and fiction in a hilarious form. It’s a great sequel to the first, and I would recommend it. Olga is a girl who found this little creature Meh in a trash can and decided that she wanted to keep it. Olga doesn’t like most humans, and decides she wants to move to wherever Meh is from. But when Meh gets sick, everything changes…

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars, because it was definitely a good read if you’re looking for a quick and hilarious read.

 

Jack, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Action Presidents #1

Action Presidents #1: George Washington!Action Presidents #1 George Washington

Fred Van Lente, illustrated by Ryan Dunlavey

 HarperCollins

$9.99

Available January 2018

 

The first of the series Action Presidents, George Washington was entertaining in many ways. Like the title implies, the book is full of action on every page. It tells a pretty full story of George Washington’s life. It was a quick-read graphic novel that I would rate 3.5 stars of 5. I think it is a pretty hard core history book.

 

Gideon, Age 11

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Customer Review: RIP Eliza Hart

RIPElizaHartR.I.P Eliza Hart

Alyssa Sheinmel

Scholastic Press

$18.99

Available November 28, 2017

I really loved this book; it was written well and it was an enjoyable read. Ellie, her claustrophobia, and her will to know how and why her former best friend died are the main plot to the book. The plot is pretty easy to follow and Ellie’s feeling are traceable and understandable. There were however, two things that I did not like. First, I think the age recommendation should be at least a year higher, because suicide, mental illness, and depression are too scary for most twelve year olds. Second, the parts where Eliza was talking from the grave were hard to follow; she was just telling stories that mostly didn’t connect with her death. I really liked that Ellie’s reaction to Eliza’s death is realistic and easy to understand. Another thing I loved, is that the story is sort of confusing at the beginning (for example why Eliza “hates” Ellie and why Eliza dies in the first place), but in the end everything comes together perfectly. I thought R.I.P Eliza Hart was a good read. I hope others will enjoy it as much a I did.

~ Yolanda, ages 12

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Customer Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House

Theres Someone Inside Your HouseThere’s Someone Inside Your House

Stephanie Perkins

Dutton Books for Young Readers

$16.99

Available September 26, 2017

I really enjoyed this book and it was (as said described) truly impossible to put down. The only thing that did not make sense to me is the title. I think the title is fitting to the horror theme, but it somehow does not fit with the story.

One minor aspect that I questioned is that Makani’s reaction to the deaths of her fellow students was unrealistic, deaths usually have to sink in a bit and when that has happened it is really devastating. However, what I loved about this book is that you never get even a clue about Makani’s secret until she tells everyone, which builds up LOTS of suspense. All in all I really loved this book and hope it will be successful.

~ Yolanda, age 12

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Customer Review: Greetings From Witness Protection

Greetings From Witness ProtectionGreetings From Witness Protection

Jake Burt

Feiwel & Friends

$16.99

Available October 3, 2017

Greetings From Witness Protection was a pretty quick read, but definitely had me sitting at the edge of my seat.

The main character Nicki is in foster care and has gone to many different schools and homes. She is also a pickpocket and has kleptomania, which means that she often can’t stop herself from stealing. The Sicrezzas are in witness protection and the US Marshalls decide they need a girl who will help the family blend in as a daughter.

The characters are very realistic and not at all superficial. There is plenty of action and except for a few instances the happenings make sense and are not unrealistic. The book has funny, sad, and touching parts and it definitely made me think about the fact that everyone is more than they seem on the surface, whether they are hiding their identity or not.

~ Helena, grade 10

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