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

9780399161933

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: Mega Robo Bros

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Mega Robo Bros

Neill Cameron

Scholastic, Inc.

Available now

$8.99

 

This story is about two robots, Alex and Freddy, who are adopted by humans. They are having what would be considered normal everyday life in the future until a big threat comes to try to dispose of them; conflict follows. This story is a graphic novel that is only 97 pages long, but has enough character action and comedy to keep you interested until the very end. I’d give this book a 5/5.

 

~ James, age10, grade 5

 

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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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