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Customer Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House

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Stephanie Perkins

Dutton Books for Young Readers

$16.99

Available September 26, 2017

I really enjoyed this book and it was (as said described) truly impossible to put down. The only thing that did not make sense to me is the title. I think the title is fitting to the horror theme, but it somehow does not fit with the story.

One minor aspect that I questioned is that Makani’s reaction to the deaths of her fellow students was unrealistic, deaths usually have to sink in a bit and when that has happened it is really devastating. However, what I loved about this book is that you never get even a clue about Makani’s secret until she tells everyone, which builds up LOTS of suspense. All in all I really loved this book and hope it will be successful.

~ Yolanda, age 12

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Customer Review: Invictus

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Ryan Graudin 

Little, Brown 

Available September 2017

$18.99 

Farway McCarthy is an anomaly. Some would even call him an aberration. He was born outside of time, on his mother’s spaceship the Ab Aeterno. After failing his time-travel exam, he steals a spaceship and with his friends travels through time looking for valuable items to sell on the black market. Far’s life is simple until one day he meets a girl who seems to know him better than he knows himself. And this girl bears a chilling message: history is being erased, events since the beginning of time are disappearing, and Far is the catalyst. Far and his crew must race through time to stop the destruction of history as they know it. Ryan Graudin has written a thrilling novel with a perfect balance of history and science fiction, and any fans of time travel should definitely add Invictus to their reading list. 

 

~ Leah, 9th grade

 

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Staff Review: The Forgetting

 

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Sharon Cameron

Scholastic

$18.99

Available September 13, 2016

Every twelve years, the city of Canaan falls into the Forgetting, a day where everyone’s memories vanish. The only way to remember events from before the Forgetting or even clues to who you are as an individual is by keeping detailed entries in your personal book. Your book is your identity, but the truth can easily be twisted or misrepresented and no one truly knows exactly what has happened. Except for Nadia. She has never forgotten. She remembers exactly what has happened. She knows who’s telling the truth and who isn’t. Nadia’s memories allow her to investigate how the city of Canaan came to be. Because she remembers her past, she is less afraid than her neighbors and ventures over the stone wall that is supposedly protecting the city. When Gray catches her coming back over the wall, he threatens to expose her secrets unless she helps him. With the next Forgetting approaching, Nadia and Gray must figure out what is destroying Canaan. Or this time everyone will forget what the truth really is.

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Review: I Used to Be a Fish

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Tom Sullivan

HarperCollins

$17.99

Available October 2016

Follow a fish through the hardships and difficulties encountered in each stage of its evolution until it becomes a young boy, pondering what comes next. Watch the fish grow and adapt to better deal with each situation it encounters. Through a simple but effective view of evolution, Sullivan creates a beautifully unique version of Earth’s history that will teach kids their ancient roots in an entertaining and attention-grabbing manner. The eye-popping illustrations and the bright color scheme will grab kids’ attention. The journey of a fish as it evolves into a rat, a monkey, and finally a human child just like them will keep them interested and entertained. The illustrations and the journey narrated in this book both leap off the pages and let children know that they can be anything they want. Ages 4-8.

~ Julia and Lana

 

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Morse Pond Review: Paper Things

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Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Candlewick

$16.99

Available now

 

Paper Things is one of the most mind-opening books written. This book explains the life of one, innocent young girl, living a life that feels like the world is crumbling. When Ari finds out that her brother bought an apartment, she is torn. Her life feels like it is slowly being ripped apart. How many lies can she tell before somebody finds out her secret? Jacobson told the riveting story of an eleven year old girl, who is mixed up in a lie, larger than life. Not knowing whether to stay with her foster mom, or with her brother, who only wants to protect her, Ari must fend for herself, day after day. Not knowing where the next meal will come from, or what bed she will sleep in, Paper Things keeps you wondering with each page. The book opened my eyes, and will open any readers, to how a displaced girl sees the world. The world is hard, unfair, and cruel. The world has hot meals for the rich, and cold mush for the homeless. This book would make anybody want to help people in need. Although her life is hard, this exceptional little girl can conjure up kindness even during her hardest days.

Sklyer, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Pegasus

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Kate O’Hearn

Aladdin

$7.99

Available now

 

The Pegasus series is an amazing series.  With outstanding drama, and crazy people, O’Hearn creates an image of an ordinary girl, with an extraordinary story.

With beautifully woven words, and artistic details, this book shines to all. Based on Roman mythology, every Percy Jackson fan is sure to bubble with excitement about this book!

With 5 books, there will be more than enough reading for everyone!

~ Kailei, age 11

 

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Morse Pond Reviews: Mother Daughter Book Camp

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Heather Vogel Frederick

Simon & Schuster

$16.99

Available now

 

Mother-Daughter Book Camp gets better after every page.  As it is the final book of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series, readers are sure to come back for more adventures with Emma, Jess, Cassidy, Megan, and Becca.  It’s their last summer together before college, and the girls decide to spend it at Camp Lovejoy, and are counselors to adorable kids.  Their days are full of glitter, boating, swimming, and singing.  But little complications get in their way, like waves of homesickness, pranks, and a microburst.  In order to cure the homesickness, the girls form a Counselor-Camper Book Club, following in their mother’s footsteps. This book is sure to create a warm feeling in your stomach and outbursts of laughter. Then again, this always happens when the girls from the Mother-Daughter Book Club are around.

~ Grace, age 11

 

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Morse Pond Review: A Dog Called Homeless

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Sarah Lean

Katherine Tegen Books

$6.99

Available now

This heartfelt book keeps the reader hooked! This book keeps getting better as you get deeper in this rollercoaster ride story. Cally Fisher is upset that her father does not like to talk about her deceased mother, especially since she died on his birthday.One day at school, Cally decides to do a silent day tor raise money for charity. Her former best friend was planning on doing it though!! This story has ups and downs between a friendship that develops with a completely silent Cally and a deaf and blind boy, as well as the adventures a stray dog taken care of by a homeless man take them on. The connection from the father to the daughter and the difficulties they face, generates a different feeling from tension of death, to a family that cannot be separated. I highly recommend this book for dog-lovers, and people who love stories with heart and meaning.

~ Ava, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Mother Daughter Book Camp

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Heather Vogel Frederick

Simon & Schuster

$16.99

Available now

 

I loved Mother Daughter Book Camp. I like how the girls share their book club with a younger group. They spend their last summer together at a camp teaching younger kids the lessons they learned during their years in book club. This book has lots of adventure and fun and you will never want it to end.

~ Sophia, age 11

 

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Morse Pond Review: Nothing But Trouble

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Betty Ren Wright

Scholastic

Out of print

This book was a spontaneous novel. The main character was bursting with spark, and all the other characters were extremely well-developed. The book was full of surprises and heart. The central idea was brilliantly hilarious. All in all, this book was one of the best I have ever read.

~ Sophia, age 11

 

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