Tag Archives: ages 10-12

Customer Review: The Truth About Twinkie Pie

9780316236621The Truth About Twinkie Pie

Kat Yeh

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

$17.00

Available January 2015

I really enjoyed this book. It was very different and it did not go the way I expected! There were many big clues leading up to what you thought would be a “happy ending” and instead something surprising happens. As a home cook, one aspect of the book I really enjoyed were the recipes with crazy names such as “No Peek Chicken” and “EZ Cheeze Crunch” and “Easier Than Pie Pudding” and of course, “Twinkie Pie.” The recipes originate from Gigi’s, the main character’s, mom, whose whereabout are unknown. This leaves Didi, Gigi’s older sister, in charge. The mystery of their mom is a pivotal plot line. The book is recommended for 8-12 year olds and I agree with that.

~ Celeste, Age 12

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Morse Pond is Buzzing about “The Next Big Thing!”

For the past couple of years, I’ve been working with Mrs. Abbott, who is the amazing and passionate librarian at Morse Pond Middle School in Falmouth, MA. Mrs. Abbott coordinates two book clubs, one for the 5th grade and one for the 6th grade. Thanks to many generous sales reps and publicity people at publishing houses, I have been able to bring ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) of books for the kids to read and review. In the spring of 2013, our Random House rep highly recommended Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. I read it, loved it, and handed my copy to Mrs. Abbott. She read it, loved it, and passed it on to one of the 6th graders in the book club who read it, loved it, and reviewed it. That review kicked off a series of events that none of us could have anticipated, culminating a Mr. Lemoncello Weekend, where Chris Grabenstein visited Morse Pond AND we had an after hours event for 12 kids at the Falmouth Public Library.IMG_5995*

In preparation for this school year, Mrs. Abbott and I had a conversation about how many amazing things happened because of a seemingly small gesture: handing someone a book and telling them they have to read it. However, word-of-mouth recommendations are one of the most important factors in publishing. So we decided we wanted to see what books would capture the attention and imagination of Morse Pond’s book clubs this year.

We don’t know what will happen, but here are the steps so far . . . I asked people from various publishing houses to make recommendations of what books they think could be “The Next Big Thing.” Kate (Random House), Bernie (HarperCollins), Debra (Candlewick), Barbara (Simon & Schuster), Eileen (Algonquin Young Readers), Lisa, (Little, Brown) all kindly sent a few contenders. I also picked up ARCs from Abrams, Macmillan, Scholastic, and Penguin at a recent conference (see the full list of books here). Mrs. Abbott and I talked about each book and let the kids decide which ones they want to read. We’ve explained to the kids that buzzing — both via word of mouth and in written reviews — is crucial to this project. IMG_6039Mrs. Abbott put this awesome board up in the library and kids can post their comments about the books for their peers. Kids are talking to each other, their families, and teachers about some of their favorites. Mrs. Abbott can’t stop talking about Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai! Reviews are starting to arrive and will be posted here on the Eight Cousins blog — readers are, of course, free to read and review books not on the list. Although we don’t know what *will* happen, Mrs. Abbott and I already seeing a lot of middle school kids getting really excited about books, reading, and buzzing!

~ Sara

 

 

 

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is a favorite at Eight Cousins, Morse Pond, and the Falmouth Public Library. It was one of the Eight Cousins 2013 Picks of the Year, was one of Jill Erikson’s (Head Reference Librarian at the Falmouth Public Library) Summer Reading Picks, is currently listed on the Morse Pond Battle of the Books, and continues to get rave reviews from everyone who reads it.

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Customer Review: Doll Bones

9781416963981Doll Bones

Holly Black

Margaret K. McElderry Books

$17.99

Available now

When I first saw Doll Bones, I wasn’t sure if I would like it. After all, it looked like the cover to a horror story! But once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down!

Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been best friends a long time, and almost as long they’ve been playing an ongoing game with dolls. In the game they travel through oceans, strange lands, and past rich towns; and all the lands they travel through belong to a bone china doll locked in a cabinet who curses anyone who displeases her. But when Zach’s dad throws away his dolls, Zach quits the game and Poppy and Alice don’t know why! The three friends seem to be split apart . . . until Poppy says she had a dream about the bone china doll. She claims they need to bury her. So Zach, Poppy, and Alice go on their last adventure together to bury the queen. Everything seems okay . . . until it isn’t.

I loved Doll Bones even though it was a little creepy. I hope people who read it will love it too!

~Emma, Age 10

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Customer Review: The Swap

9780062311696The Swap 

Megan Shull

Katherine Tegen Books

$16.99

Available now

Books written from other people’s perspectives are always some of my favorite and The Swap is one of them. It is written from two points of view, a boy named Jack and a girl, Ellie. It reminded me of Eleven Birthdays, which is one of my favorite books. Both stories involve a mysterious person who is behind the events. At the end of both the stories the characters have learned so much and found who they really were. The book was well-written and kept me on my toes because I didn’t know what was going to happen next. It was suspenseful! It is listed as for ages 10 and up and that seems appropriate. ~ Celeste, age 12

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Morse Pond Review: Fallout

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Fallout

Todd Strasser

Candlewick Press

$16.99

Available now

The book Fallout by Todd Strasser is a very exciting book. It is filled with lots of action and mystery. It is the summer of 1962 and there is a possibility of nuclear war. Scott’s dad is the only one who actually prepares for war. He goes and builds a bomb shelter. He builds it to protect his family and stocks it with enough food and water to keep the four members of the family alive for two critical weeks. In the middle of the night in October, the unthinkable happens. I would recommend this book to kids ages 10 to 12.

~ Cole, age 10

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Customer Review: The Time Fetch

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The Time Fetch

Amy Herrick

Algonquin Books

$16.95

Available August, 2013

Every book has a certain magic about it, but this one had more; it basically
sizzled around its self like a magnet. I picked it up and didn’t put it down until
every word on all 307 pages had been read.

It started of a little slow, but after a few chapters it was pure fun. Every page
brought more breath-taking adventure and excitement, every page brought more
questions to my mind.

I loved the fact that something as ordinary as a rock was actually something as
abnormal as a “time fetch”, that once moved from it’s hiding place it would eat up
time! Edward’s strange philosophy — everything is just atoms, and nothing
is solid, nothing is worth caring about — confused me but also in intrigued me in a
way.

Something that was also a plus, was that the four kids in the book, Edward, Feenix,
Danton and Brigit get in to some situations in their school time that I am quite
familiar with, which meant I could feel empathy for them as the story brought
the four together.

In the beginning the four hardly even talk, but when they figure out that they
would not be able to save their world from disintegrating without one another’s
help, they hold together even at the toughest times.

There’s something for everyone in The Time Fetch, there is mystery, fantasy,
adventure, and some science. I would recommend it to anyone who likes books at all.

~ Helena, age 11

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Customer Review: The 13-Story Treehouse

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The 13-Story Treehouse

Andy Griffiths

Terry Denton, illustrator

Feiwel & Friends, $13,99

Available now

I am reviewing the book The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths. I thought the plot was very simple, but clear. Two writers are trying to finish a book on time to give to their publisher — but they keep running into situations that prevent them from doing so. I really loved the illustrations and found them very entertaining. One thing I did not like was the character development. I thought the two character did not have very distinct personalities, which made it hard to follow the story sometimes. I also thought that although the book was funny — it was too random. By the time I moved on to the next paragraph, I had forgotten what the previous paragraph was about. Overall I would probably give this story 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

~Shefali, 12

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