Tag Archives: book

Customer Review: RIP Eliza Hart

RIPElizaHartR.I.P Eliza Hart

Alyssa Sheinmel

Scholastic Press

$18.99

Available November 28, 2017

I really loved this book; it was written well and it was an enjoyable read. Ellie, her claustrophobia, and her will to know how and why her former best friend died are the main plot to the book. The plot is pretty easy to follow and Ellie’s feeling are traceable and understandable. There were however, two things that I did not like. First, I think the age recommendation should be at least a year higher, because suicide, mental illness, and depression are too scary for most twelve year olds. Second, the parts where Eliza was talking from the grave were hard to follow; she was just telling stories that mostly didn’t connect with her death. I really liked that Ellie’s reaction to Eliza’s death is realistic and easy to understand. Another thing I loved, is that the story is sort of confusing at the beginning (for example why Eliza “hates” Ellie and why Eliza dies in the first place), but in the end everything comes together perfectly. I thought R.I.P Eliza Hart was a good read. I hope others will enjoy it as much a I did.

~ Yolanda, ages 12

Tagged , , , , , , ,

Customer Review: Greetings From Witness Protection

Greetings From Witness ProtectionGreetings From Witness Protection

Jake Burt

Feiwel & Friends

$16.99

Available October 3, 2017

Greetings From Witness Protection was a pretty quick read, but definitely had me sitting at the edge of my seat.

The main character Nicki is in foster care and has gone to many different schools and homes. She is also a pickpocket and has kleptomania, which means that she often can’t stop herself from stealing. The Sicrezzas are in witness protection and the US Marshalls decide they need a girl who will help the family blend in as a daughter.

The characters are very realistic and not at all superficial. There is plenty of action and except for a few instances the happenings make sense and are not unrealistic. The book has funny, sad, and touching parts and it definitely made me think about the fact that everyone is more than they seem on the surface, whether they are hiding their identity or not.

~ Helena, grade 10

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Customer Review: Wonder Woman — Warbringer

 

WonderWomanWonder Woman: Warbringer 

Leigh Bardugo 

Random House 

Available August 2017 

 

Diana knows she’s different from everyone else on the island of Themyscira. She wants nothing more than to prove herself to the other Amazons. When her opportunity finally comes, however, she throws away the chance she has at finally being recognized as one of the Amazons and risks exile to save the life of a mortal girl, Alia Keralis. And Alia is no normal girl; she is a Warbringer, descended from Helen of Troy. Diana and Alia must fight many enemies, both mortal and immortal, to save both their worlds. Leigh Bardugo has written a Wonder Woman adventure almost as thrilling as the Wonder Woman movie, and any fan of the DC Universe should add Wonder Woman: Warbringer to their bookshelf. 

Leah, 9th grade

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Customer Review: Zero Repeat Forever

Zero Repeat ForeverZero Repeat Forever

G. S. Pendergast

Simon and Schuster 

Available August 2017 

 

Sixteen year old Raven isn’t expecting much from the summer camp that she is forced to go to with her boyfriend Tucker. But then the terrible aliens called Nahx invade . . . and kill Tucker. Raven and the remaining survivors are forced to leave camp to find survivors from the alien attack. 

He has no name, no voice, just a rank: Eighth. He knows only the directives implanted in his mind. Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall. His task is to protect his Offside, let her do the fighting. When a human kills her, he deserts his unit, and meets Raven. The two of them are forced to rely on each other for survival. Zero Repeat Forever is a gripping novel that is a must-read  for any fans of science fiction. 

~ Leah, grade 9

 

G

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Customer Review: The Chaos of Standing Still

ChaosofStandingStillThe Chaos of Standing Still

Jessica Brody

$17.99

Simon Pulse

Available November 28, 2017

A small red number has been in the top right corner of Ryn Gilbert’s Messages app for almost a year now. One unread message. Ryn can’t bring herself to read it, because that message is the last thing her best friend Lottie ever said to her before Lottie died. Ryn hasn’t been able to move on since the fateful day of the accident, but when she is trapped in the Denver International Airport due to a blizzard, she meets a boy named Xander Hale. She accidentally swaps phones with him, which leads to the two of them to having a night filled with excitement and adventure. And for the first time, Ryn might be starting to move on from her best friend’s death. The Chaos of Standing Still is an emotional, heartwarming story which I recommend to anyone who needs a good book about life, love, death, and meet-cutes with charming strangers.

~Leah, 9th grade

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Customer Review: The Cruel Prince

CruelPrinceThe Cruel Prince 

Holly Black

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Available January 2018 

 

Jude Duarte is stolen away from the mortal world at seven years old, her parents murdered by the same faerie that then took her and her sisters to Faerie. She grows up among the faeries; their lifestyle becoming hers. She wishes more than anything to truly belong in the Faerie Court, and when she is seventeen a chance to make this dream come true finally appears: she must defy the wishes of the cruel Prince Cardan and compete in a tournament to seek knighthood. However, in gaining the power she craves, Jude finds herself in the middle of a deadly web of bloodshed and deceit, and she is the key to stopping the imminent civil war hovering over Faerie. The only way to survive is to become more ruthless than the murderers she faces. With fast-paced action, well-drawn characters and a gripping plot, The Cruel Prince will keep you up all night reading and leave you impatiently awaiting the sequel. 

~ Leah, 9th grade

 

 

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Morse Pond Review: CatStronauts

 

CatStronautsMissionMoonCatStronauts Mission Moon/ CatStronauts Race to Mars

Drew Brockington

7.99

April 2017

Little, Brown

 

CatStonautsRacetoMarsCatStronauts is an amazingly, funny graphic novel series about four brave cats going on a mission. These kittens will bring you to the moon and back. It is a must read for any cat or graphic novel lover. Once you start reading you can’t put it down, and I am definitely hoping for a third book.

~Gideon, grade 5

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Morse Pond Review: Chester and Gus

chester-and-gusChester and Gus

Cammie McGovern

HarperCollins Publisher

April 2017

 

Chester and Gus is about a chocolate lab named Chester who fails his test to become a service dog. So Chester has to just be a regular dog and go to this family that has a 10 year old shy, autistic boy named Gus. Chester is trying to figure out how he can help Gus, but Gus isn’t like the boys Chester has met. Gus doesn’t pet, pickup, or even really acknowledge that Chester is there. Chester isn’t really sure how to help Gus yet but he’s determined to find out how. Chester wants to show that he is the right dog for Gus. Chester and Gus is a great book I loved it. I would give Chester and Gus a 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this book.

~Teagan, grade 5

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

 

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Tagged , , , , , , , ,