Tag Archives: ages 9-12

Morse Pond Review: Clueless McGee Gets Famous

9780399257513_3a72aClueless McGee Gets Famous

Written and illustrated by Jeff Mack

Philomel Books

$12.95

Available now

Clueless McGee Gets Famous by Jeff Mack is a quick-read, full of break-dancing and ninja moves. I loved it; it was a great book. PJ gets a ten-gallon hat, and he loves it. But then someone steals it! He gets another, and that gets stolen too. He has to get to the bottom of this! He starts seeing posters about Nasty Ned. This man seems like the perfect hat-stealer! If you love Diary Of A Wimpy Kid or Captain Underpants, this book is for you. All in all, I would give it 4.5 stars.

~ Ryan, 10

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Morse Pond Review: A Snicker of Magic

9780545552707A Snicker of Magic

Natalie Lloyd

Scholastic Press

$16.99

Available February 2014

If you like magic and mystery you will like A Snicker of Magic. The main characters are Jonah and Felicity and they are ready to break a curse of the brothers Threadbare! Along the way Jonah and Felicity meet a girl named Florentine and she carries around jars that she has never even looked at and they have the curse on them! Felicity and her mom and sister are cursed to travel and not stay somewhere, but when they break the curse, they are free not to wander anymore. I thought this book was good because it leaves you in a mystery and you just don’t want to stop reading. This book will be out in February 2014!

~ Caroline, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

9781580895606Prisoner 88

Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge Publishing

$16.95

Available now

Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi is a great story about a boy named Jake. Jake is a prisoner in the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Jake is charged of manslaughter and sentenced for five years! The more read the more you learn about Jake and other characters in story. Jake is a great character, he is very mysterious even after reading the whole book. Leah Pileggi is a great author and I can’t wait to see more books from her. The only problem I have is the ending. It just seems to be rushed, but because of how good everything thing else this doesn’t make me hate the book. Prisoner 88 is a great book even after the ending. It is a great read.

~ Matthew, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: The Lost Kingdom

9780545274265The Lost Kingdom

Matthew Kirby

Scholastic Press

$17.99

Available now

In The Lost Kingdom, Matthew J. Kirby makes you feel like you’re in early America. With just the right amount of suspense, this book kept me wanting to turn the page, and it has a special surprise at the end. If you liked Dormia, you’ll definitely want to give this one a try!

~ Alex, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

9781580895606Prisoner 88

Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge Publishing

$16.95

Available now

Prisoner 88, a great book by Leah Pileggi, is filled with heart and always has you thinking. The main character, Jake, a ten year old boy, wound up in prison by protecting his Pa. Going to prison when he was ten was not the easiest. It wasn’t because he was leaving his Pa, it was because the other prisoners did not treat him right. It took a little while for Jake to settle in. He was a bit unsure of things. He worked with the hogs and, because he was so young, the prison provided him with school. Throughout his few years at the prison he learned things he probably never would have otherwise. For Jake coming from where he had come from, prison gave him good things and bad. This book is well-told and is a great historical fiction book.

~Liadan, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

9781580895606Prisoner 88

Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge Publishing

$16.95

Available now

Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi is a great book about a brave boy named Jake. He’s been through a lot for his age, winding up in prison by protecting his Pa. In prison not everyone likes a young boy like Jake around. He makes some friends and some enemies. This book has a surprising end and keeps you thinking what will happen next.

~ Ella, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

9781580895606

Prisoner 88

Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge

$16.95

Available now

Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi is a book for kids who likes stunning events surrounded by some yelling and bossing around. It is about a boy who shoots somebody and gets caught. Then, he is sent to jail for a few years. He has to deal with old men getting in fights with him and getting bossed around a lot. He gets assigned a job from the Warden to get the pigs to grow to be nice and healthy for the lunch room everyday. Every week he gets asked how the pigs were doing. He has to say ‘’good’’ or ‘’bad.’’ If he says bad, he does not get paid and someone else get assigned the job. After a year or so he gets the routine down, wakes up feeds the pigs, and has a bacon and salad lunch. Soon, it is his last year. So he gets his hopes so high he could explode, but unfortunately the warden keeps him there. If you like books with hard, rough, violent, suspenseful moments, then this is the book for you. So, if you like it come out and get one!

~ Conner, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Wanderville

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Wanderville

Wendy McClure

Razorbill

$16.99

Available January 2014

Wanderville by Wendy McClure is a great book about three kids. One of these kids is Jack. In a factory that his brother worked, at there was a fire. Jack’s brother [Daniel] goes to put out the fire but dies in it. So his parents can’t afford to keep Jack and send him on a orphan train. The other two characters, Frances and Harold, are orphans and also get sent on a orphan train. All the characters meet and are friends. The rest you’ll have to read about. It is a great book with a lot of drama and excitement. This book is a must read! The author is awesome, and I look forward to the sequel.

~ Matthew, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: Curiosity

9780803739246Curiosity

Gary Blackwood

Penguin Group

$16.99

Available April 2014
If you liked The Shakespeare Stealer, you will love this book. Curiosity is a book about a kid whose dad goes to jail for writing books about what he believes in. Then he buys beds and other things to try to help his dad. When this is happening he is playing chess in different, new places. I recommend this book to people who like historical novels.

~ Rowan, 10

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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

9781580895606Prisoner 88

Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge Publishing

$16.95

Available now

This book was fantastic. It’s about a ten year old boy named Jake. He shot a man named Mr. Bennett. He was sent to a prison named Idaho Penitentiary. He was there for 5 years. The author was Leah Pileggi. I would recommend this book to people who love action. I’m ten years old, too. I had a connection with Jake.

~ Cameron, age 10

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