Tag Archives: 5th grade

Morse Pond Review: Listen, Slowly

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Thannha Lai



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Listen, Slowly by Thannha Lai was by far one of  my favorite books ever! I haven’t finished the ending yet so I won’t give it away 🙂  Even though I have not read the ending yet, it is probably one of the most interesting books that I’ve ever read. The story is about a girl that goes to Vietnam. The author creates a window for the reader to see through. I have never been to Vietnam, but the author makes the image so clear of how it looks, and how the people act there compared to United States citizens. Even though she doesn’t want to go at first, she discovers how special this place can be.

~ Kailei, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: I Lived on Butterfly Hill

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Marjorie Agosin

Atheneum Books for Young Readers


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I Lived On Butterfly Hill is a heart-warming story about a girl who finds herself when things get rough. It is a well-written novel starring Celeste Marconi, an 11-year-old girl who lives in Chile. She always daydreamed on the roof and wanted to be a writer. Suddenly, small changes begin- missing classmates, strange boats in the harbor, and more. Her life suddenly changes drastically when she and her parents are forced apart by the dictatorship. Will her family ever be the same again?

Our favorite part is when they eat sopapillas in the rain, and also when Celeste and her friend Cristobal dance together.

~ Emily and Madeline, age 12

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Customer Review: The Thing About Jellyfish

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Ali Benjamin

Little, Brown for Young Readers


Available September 2015

The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin, is an intriguing novel told in an interesting format. Suzy Swanson has turned into an un-popular, weird girl at her school ever since her ex-best friend Franny Jackson died. Suzy tries to stay “invisible” in her school, and never talks to anyone unless she really has to. Suzy believes Franny died from a jellyfish sting, and she researches like crazy to prove that her theory is correct. Suzy goes to extremely high measures to prove this hypothesis!

Each part of this book starts off with a step of the Scientific Method, with a short quote from Suzy’s current teacher. I thought this format was interesting and cool. Also, within all of the chapters, you learned a lot about jellyfish. This book is great for people that like a heart-felt novel, and also great for those that want to learn about jellyfish! I would, without a doubt, rate this book a ten out of ten!

~ Olivia, age 12

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Morse Pond Review: Anyone But Ivy Pocket

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Caleb Krisp

Greenwillow Books


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Ivy Pocket is a smart girl, and she doesn’t hide it. Ivy is abandoned by her boss because of her loudmouth behavior and is sent on a quest by the richest lady in town. She is supposed to protect a cursed and valuable necklace, without anyone stealing it. Along the way Ivy deals with surprising meetings with ghosts, a cranky grandmother, and misunderstood friends. People who like delightful stories,  humor, and adventure should read this book.

~ Grace, age 10

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Morse Pond Review — Brown Girl Dreaming

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Jacqueline Woodson

Nancy Paulson Books


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I liked Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson because it is a story about the author’s life.The book talks about her family, and I liked that her family is always together.This book is a unique and I would recommend it to everyone.

~ Rachelle,10

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Morse Pond Review — The Lost Children of the Far Islands

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Emily Raabe

Knopf Books


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The Lost Children of the Far Islands by Emily Raabe is quite a fascinating book. Gus, Leo, and Ila think that they are just normal kids until everything around them turns upside down.  It is action-packed, and has some twists and turns that you never would see it coming. I highly recommend this book if you like adventure.

~ Samantha R., age 12

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Morse Pond Review — House of Robots: My Brother the Robot

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James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Little, Brown


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The book that I read was House of Robots: My Brother the Robot by James Patterson. What I liked about the book is that at the start Sammy didn’t like E going to his school, but at the end they became best buds. E is a robot that thinks it is Sammy’s brother. Sammy is worried that the other students will judge him as a nerd because of E. The bully in this book is up to no good at their school and is trying to get his crowd back. You should read this book because it is really funny and great to read.

~ Dontae, age 12

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Morse Pond Review — Bending Over Backwards

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Cari Simmons and Heather Alexander



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Bending Over Backwards by Cari Simmons and Heather Alexander was a great book. If you enjoy gymnastics or cheerleading then you’d love this book. I do gymnastics, so it was easy for me to understand to follow the story. If you don’t, you may not understand some of the terms. Overall I would read this book at least 5 more times. I’ve come to the conclusion that this book is probably meant for girls. Boys may enjoy this book, but I don’t think they’d receive the same message. I’d give this book 5 stars out of 5 stars.
~ Sarah S.,12

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Morse Pond Review: Listen, Slowly

9780062229182Listen, Slowly

Thanhha Lai



Available January 2015

Listen, Slowly by award winning author Thanhha Lai is the story of a 12 year old Mia who is growing up in Laguna, California and looking forward to her summer at the beach with her friends. However, her parents inform her that she will be traveling with her grandmother to Vietnam to learn more about her family’s culture and find out what happened to her grandfather who went missing during the Vietnam War. Mia is very upset about this arrangement. Yet, during the course of the novel, Mia (Mai in Vietnam) learns a great deal about the Vietnamese culture as well as about her family, herself and life in general. I could not put this book down! The author’s voice made the characters both believable and intriguing. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a wonderful story, especially if you liked Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai. Her books are enthralling. This is one of my new favorite books!

Mrs. Abbott, Library Media Teacher

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Morse Pond Review: The Story Thieves

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James Riley

Simon & Schuster


Available January 2015

I really liked this book. I would recommend this book to both boy and girls. The Story Thieves is about this boy named Owen who has always wanted to star in his own books. Owen hates the real world’s chores and homework. When he sees his classmate Bethany climbing out of a book in the library, he discovered that Bethany is half fictional and is looking for her fictional father who is lost in a book. Owen makes a deal. He will not say a word if Bethany takes him into his favorite series, the Kiel Gnomefoot series. It might help Bethany find her father or ruin the series. The Story Thieves is a fantasy book and a very good one. I could not put it down after the first page. I hope that you like this book. Happy reading!

~ Sophia, age 10

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