Morse Pond Review: Hello, Universe

hello-universeHello, Universe

Erin Entrada Kelly

Greenwillow Books An imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

Available March 2017

You think you have it rough, say that to eleven year old Virgil Salinas. His brothers and parents are all jocks and always happy all the time. He’s just the opposite. He is very shy except around his grandmother, Gulliver (his pet guinea pig), and his friend Kaori. The only one who really understands him is Lola, his grandmother who lives with him. Then one day when while Gulliver is in Virgil’s backpack, it is thrown into a well in the woods by a bully named Chet. Now, Virgil has a decision to make. Will he be brave and go save Gulliver himself or will he go for help and leave Gulliver down there longer alone in the dark? This is one of the most amazingly interesting books I have ever read . It has  wonderful lessons that I think everyone should learn: You are never alone;  and everyone has an inner bayani (hero), you just have to find it.

~Teagan, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

unbeatable-squirrel-girlThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Marvel Publications

Available February 2017

 

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is an awesome book about a 14 year old girl named Doreen Green. She was born with a big squirrel tail and squirrel super powers. She just moved to New Jersey from California. At her new school she isn’t exactly popular and she has trouble making friends. Then one day she stops a group of sneaky, destructive teenagers and suddenly squirrel girl seems to be the new super-hero of her town. Can she handle all the pressure from being a teenager and her town’s superhero, or will she crack?  Read The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl to find out.

~ Teagan, age 10

 

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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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Morse Pond Review: Georgia Rules

georgiarulesGeorgia Rules

Nanci Turner Stevenson

HarperCollins

$16,99

Available May 2, 2017

Georgia Rules has all the makings of a classic that will be loved by many readers for years to come! The story centers around twelve year old Magnolia Grace (Maggie, for short) who is forced to leave her home in Georgia to spend a year on a farm in Vermont that her long-estranged, recently deceased father left to her in his will. Despite not wanting to go, Maggie falls in love with Vermont as she learns things about herself, true friendship and her family. The descriptions in the book are so well done that you feel as if you are there with this endearing cast of characters. It makes you want to hop in the car for a drive to Vermont to watch sugaring on the farm and stop at the Parker’s Country Store. This heart-warming story touches on many contemporary and important issues in a considerate, understanding and age-sensitive way. With the renewed called for diversity in children’s literature, this book MUST find its way onto all children’s library shelves when it arrives in May! As a school library teacher, my only regret is that I have to wait until May 2nd to share it with my students!

~ Mrs. Abbott, Library Media Teacher

Morse Pond Review: Love, Ish

love-ishLove, Ish

Karen Rivers

Algonquin Young Readers

March 2017

 

Love, Ish is a amazing book about a girl named Ish. She faces a huge challenge that she might not recover from. Her whole life she has dreamed of going to Mars, so she can escape the real world. Ish might not be able to go to Mars, because on the first day of seventh grade, she is diagnosed with a brain tumor. Her whole world is flipped upside down. This book is heartbreaking and incredible. If you liked Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, or The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, you will be sure to like this book. I am sure that I will read and re-read this book over and over again.

~ Jane, age 10, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: A Crack in the Sea

crackintheseaA Crack in the Sea

H.M. Bouwman

Penguin Young Readers

$ 16.99

Available January 2017

A Crack in the Sea is an amazing book about two different worlds. In it, there are three different stories. One is about Kinchen and Pip. Pip has the power to talk to fish. There is also Venus and Swimmer trying to escape a slave ship. And, finally there is Sang, Mai, and Thanh trying to escape their country. On the way, they travel to different worlds. Some people have magical abilities. This book is an amazing story!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ~ Kylie, age 10 ,5th grade

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Morse Pond Review: The Castle in the Mist

castle-in-the-mist The Castle in the Mist

Amy Ephron

Philomel Books

$16.99

Available February 2017

 

The Castle in the Mist is a wonderful book. In the book, Tess and her brother Max are staying at their Aunt Evie’s house over the summer. Then one day, Tess finds a magical gate with invisible walls around it. She hopes she will finally have a chance of adventure. She meets a boy named William and they become best friends. When she meets him, he tells her to beware of the hawthorn trees which totally freaks her out. Then, magical things begin to happen. This is an amazing book, and I highly suggest it.

~Kylie,age 10, 5th grade

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Morse Pond Review: Kyle Finds Her Way

9780545852661Kyle Finds Her Way

Susie Salom

Arthur A. Levine Books

$16.99

Available now

 

Kyle Finds Her Way is a great book. I would give this book four stars. Susie Salom  gives lots of detail.  Kyle is a great character because she sticks up for her friends. I liked the part when Kyle has to join the school NAVS team ( a problem-solving competitive group that competes)  and has to make it work. I couldn’t put the book down.  This is a book for people who like realistic fiction.  I encourage people who like those books to read it.

~Emma, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: The Capybara Conspiracy

the-capybara-conspiracyThe Capybara Conspiracy

Erica S. Pearl

Random House Children’s Books

$16.99

Available Now

 

 

This book is full of thrilling action and suspenseful excitement. There are creative characters and backstabbing traitors. Farley Middle School has an amazing mascot that is being plotted against by three harmless children. Those children are not jocks but they think that if they steal the mascot and then give it back like they didn’t steal it they will be able to get what they really want. There is a backfire in the system named Pablo.  I really enjoyed this book told in play format!

~Gideon, grade 5, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: Fish in a Tree

fishinatreeFish In A Tree

Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Penguin Young Readers Group

$16.99

Available Now

 

Fish In A Tree is an incredible book about a girl who has one unbelievable challenge she has to get through. Ally Nickerson has a case of unidentified dyslexia. She had to make it to 5th grade without anyone even noticing. When her original 5th grade teacher has a baby, a permanent substitute named Mr.Daniels comes. He is the only teacher that realizes that Ally isn’t dumb, she is just different. This book is full of sadness, hope, and even some happiness. If you liked One For The Murphys, or Out Of My Mind you will love this book too. I am really glad that I came across this book. It turned out to be one of my favorite books.

~ Jane, age 10, grade 5   

 

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