Category Archives: Morse Pond Reviews

Morse Pond Review: The Best of Iggye

bestofiggyThe Best of Iggy

Written by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sam Ricks

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

Available January 21, 2020

$13.99

This book was very interesting, pretty entertaining and kind of funny. Iggy gets in trouble a lot for some weird reasons and sometimes for things he didn’t even do. Iggy’s second grade teacher is very nice, and when Iggy does something bad she is kind about it. In the end of the book though, he did something terrible to his teacher and she yelled and got mad.The author acts as if she is having a conversation with you and makes the book really enjoyable to read. I would highly recommend this book to kids from grade 2-7 but I wouldn’t do any of the things Iggy does because it will get you in trouble, big trouble.

~Jake, Grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Efrén Divided

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Ernesto Cineros

HarperCollins

Available March 31, 2020

$16.99

Efrén Divided was an awesome book about how illegal immigrants are being treated unfairly. Efrén’s mom got deported to Mexico, and he has to find a way to get her back safely. I loved this book. It really makes you feel what many families are going through right now. I think (and hope) that this book will have a sequel because at the end of the book the author says “This story has not come to its end.”  I highly suggest that you read Efrén Divided. If you liked this book as much as I did then it will surely become one of the best books you have read this year, and it will have you begging for a sequel!

~Fletcher, Grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Enchanter’s Child, Book One: Twilight Hauntings

twilighthauntingsEnchanters Child, Book One: Twilight Hauntings

Angie Sage

Katherine Tegen Books

Available March 31, 2020

$16.99

A tale of Magic, Monsters, and Misconception, Twilight Hauntings is the perfect book for fans of fantasy, with a twinge of mystery. Protagonist Alex is a citizen of the city of Luma, which is located in a kingdom which has outlawed enchantment and all of its branches, including prophecy. The only problem Alex finds with this law is that she runs a secret fortune telling business. Everyday she risks being found by the Sentinels of Luma, dangerous guards who patrol Luma instead of the fearsome Twilight Hauntings, strange beasts that roam the kingdom to kill any enchanter or enchanter’s child. This book is amazing! I love the characters and the idea of a world where magic exists, but is illegal, as it’s a fresh spin on the usual fantasy with a generic system of magic. I especially love the middle of the book, where Alex is running from someone who has no ill intent with Alex, but she believes they do. My only criticism of the book is that the Night Wraith isn’t all that intimidating. I wish it had some ghostly body to attack with, instead of just being a grey fog. But other than that, this book is amazing! I definitely recommend it, and I can’t wait for the next entry!

~Max, Grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: The Dragon Egg Princess

dragoneggprincessThe Dragon Egg Princess

Ellen Oh

HarperCollins

Available March 3, 2020

$16.99

This book was GREAT!!! I could not put it down, even when it was scary and I am the most freaked out person EVER. Jiho Park applies to a job to clear the Kidahara forest, which is full of magical creatures. His teammates run from a Nightstalker and Jiho finds Koko, a long lost princess. Then they are taken to Nackwon and Jiho is used as a counterweight for Koko’s dragon magic because he takes away any magic, and anything after that is a spoiler. I just think it is a very great book in general, and anyone who likes Wings of Fire or even Harry Potter would like this book.

~Luca, Grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Nat Enough

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Nat Enough

Maria Scrivan

Graphix

Available April 7, 2020

$24.99

The book Nat Enough is a great graphic novel!  It involves friendship breakups and much more! Natalie is a very passive person. She made one friend in the 2nd grade. Natalie’s friend thought she wasn’t “cool” enough for her, so she made a new friend and abandoned Natalie. Natalie wants to bring back her friend by being cool. Natalie wants to be perfect because she is not content for herself.  Read more to find out what happens to Natalie! I would give this book a 9 out of 10!

  ~Jiya, Grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: How to Disappear Completely

howtodisappearcompletelyHow to Disappear Completely

Ali Standish

HarperCollins

Available April 28, 2020

$16.99

The book How to Disappear Completely was a wonderful book! There were a lot of emotions: sadness, anger, confusion, and of course, happiness. This book is about a girl named Emma who gets a weird pale spot on her toe, on the morning of her gram’s funeral. Her mom finds out and takes her to the doctor’s office. Emma gets diagnosed with vitiligo. She gets two new friends Ruby and Fina who she tells them about her vitiligo. Ruby betrays her by telling the mean girls about it. Sadly, the mean girls post pictures of her vitiligo. While Emma still has her true friend, Fina, she sees that a stranger is writing back to her on the stories she writes! Will Emma and Fina find out who it is? You should read this book! I give it a 9/10 rating!

~Lea, Grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: The 1000 Year Old Boy

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The 1000 Year Old Boy

Ross Welford

Schwartz & Wade

Available now!

$16.99

 

The 1000 Year Old Boy is an excellent book. This story is about Alfie, a 1000 year old boy who doesn’t age, and who, after a tragic incident, suddenly wants to start aging. I loved this book’s view on immortality with an explanation on why Alfie is still an 11 year old. I also loved the details of Alfie talking and writing differently because of him being so old and keeping those traits from so long ago. I also love him correcting the person at the reenactment and how he was dressed. I loved this book and I would recommend it to fans of fantasy books.

~Dante, Grade 6

 

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Morse Pond Review: When You Trap a Tiger

whenyoutrapatigerWhen You Trap A Tiger

Tae Keller

$16.99

Available January 28, 2020

This book is amazing! When the book began talking about her grandmother stealing stories, I thought it was going to be one of those books that I might not enjoy, but then it hit the “WOW” factor. In my opinion, the best part of this book was when the washer fell onto the floor when Lily, the main character, was spying on someone at the grocery store. Yet, of all the parts of the story, when I found out about what happened to Lily’s dad really pulled at my heartstrings. I don’t know why, but something tells me that I will like more books by this author. Please make a sequel to this book!

~Charlotte, grade 6  

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Morse Pond Review: Bone Talk

bonetalkBone Talk

Candy Gourlay

$18.99

Available November 5, 2019

Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay is a gripping novel that takes place in 1899 on a solitary island isolated from the known world. Samkad is a boy of around eleven. His best friend, Luki, is a girl with the same intentions as him: become a warrior. But when Americans come to the village, Samkad must learn who to trust and who to doubt. Gift bringers with fire weapons may not be the best people to trust, and what about a long-lost half brother? This novel makes you laugh, cry, wince, and is virtually impossible to put down. I greatly recommend this book and give it nine out of ten stars.

~Faye,
grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: All the Greys on Greene Street

allthegreysongreenestreetAll the Greys on Greene Street

Written by Laura Tucker, illustrated by Kelly
Murphy

$16.99

Available now!

This book is awesome! It is a little sad, too. Ollie, the main character, is going through a very hard time. Her father just left for France with Vouly Vou; a girl he left Ollie’s mom for. That leaves Ollie’s mom with her depression being even worse than it was before. As the weeks go by, it gets so bad she is not even getting out of bed. I was so intrigued to go on the adventure with Ollie on her everyday life when she was practically on her own. I wish that it had a few more details in the beginning because it wasn’t really a page turner like some other books I have read. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book, but maybe would have appreciated a more suspenseful opening. Other than that I loved the book! I hope the author is making a sequel!


~Aimee,
grade 5

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