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Morse Pond Review: Bone Talk

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Candy Gourlay

$18.99

Available November 5, 2019

Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay is a gripping novel that takes place in 1899 on a solitary island isolated from the known world. Samkad is a boy of around eleven. His best friend, Luki, is a girl with the same intentions as him: become a warrior. But when Americans come to the village, Samkad must learn who to trust and who to doubt. Gift bringers with fire weapons may not be the best people to trust, and what about a long-lost half brother? This novel makes you laugh, cry, wince, and is virtually impossible to put down. I greatly recommend this book and give it nine out of ten stars.

~Faye,
grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: All the Greys on Greene Street

allthegreysongreenestreetAll the Greys on Greene Street

Written by Laura Tucker, illustrated by Kelly
Murphy

$16.99

Available now!

This book is awesome! It is a little sad, too. Ollie, the main character, is going through a very hard time. Her father just left for France with Vouly Vou; a girl he left Ollie’s mom for. That leaves Ollie’s mom with her depression being even worse than it was before. As the weeks go by, it gets so bad she is not even getting out of bed. I was so intrigued to go on the adventure with Ollie on her everyday life when she was practically on her own. I wish that it had a few more details in the beginning because it wasn’t really a page turner like some other books I have read. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book, but maybe would have appreciated a more suspenseful opening. Other than that I loved the book! I hope the author is making a sequel!


~Aimee,
grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: Nikki on the Line

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Nikki on the Line

Barbara Carroll Roberts

Available now!

$16.99

Nikki on the Line is about a girl named Nikki who loves basketball. She just made an elite basketball team. She has to babysit her brother to have enough money to pay for the team. Her best friend Aria is starting to drift away, and it’s especially hard when one of your teammate’s dad calls you a black hole on the basketball court.

THIS BOOK IS NOW MY ALL TIME FAVORITE!!!!! I feel like it was amazingly written. But honestly, the ending could’ve been a little bit different. I think the author could write another book as a sequel to continue Nikki teaching Sam how to play, and the
Action winning Nationals. I give this book a 100/5!! What book is the next big thing? This one ALL THE WAY!!


~Aimee, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: Caterpillar Summer

caterpillarsummerCaterpillar Summer

Gillian McDunn

Available now!

$17.99 U.S./ $23.99 CAN.

This book is about a girl named Caterpillar and her brother with special needs named Chicken. They have a summer that no one will ever forget when they get to meet new family. My favorite part of the book is when Cat (Caterpillar) wins second place in a fishing contest. I like this book because you never know what will happen next. There are so many twist and turns. I give this book 5 stars.

~Kennedy, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: Escape This Book

9780525644200Escape This Book! The Titanic

Bill Doyle

Available March 2019

Random House

$10.99

Find yourself on an adventure as a third class passenger or a hard working crew member or even take on the dangerous task of a stow away hoping to get to America on the unsinkable ship, the Titanic! As a passenger you have a 25% chance of surviving the iceberg that will rip into the Titanic at 11:40 and sink two and a half hours later. As a stowaway you not only have to try not to be found by the crew members or the captain but also have to not be seen by any passengers and get off the ship onto a lifeboat, also without being seen! Crew members have less than 25 percent chance of surviving. But if you choose the path of a crew member you can get paid for helping the family that you are assigned. This book is great if you like choose your own adventure books, but also like to have an activity once and awhile. This book is also great if you don’t like to read that much, but you still like a good story line.

~ Ezra, 5th grade

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Morse Pond Review: Trace

9780062698841Trace

Pat Cummings

Available April 19, 2019

HarperCollins

$16.99

This book is now in my top 5 favorites. If you are a fan of excitement, suspense, and mystery, you will love this book. At first it may be hard to follow but towards the middle, you start to really understand what is going on. If you are like me you will start to say things like, “Ohhh, that’s what’s going on!! I finally understand!! WAIT A MINUTE….WHAT IF THIS HAPPENS NEXT?!” So, April 19th, 2019 stop at Eight Cousins and buy yourself Trace, because it will be worth your while!

 

~Aimee, grade 5

 

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Morse Pond Review: Weir Do

9781338305586Weir Do  

Anh Do

Available January 29, 2019

Scholastic Inc.

$5.99

 

Weir Do is a really funny book with a lot of potential. Weir Do (his real name!) is a kid who is going into a new school. He already knows he’s going to get laughed at. It happens every year. Once he gets out of school he has to go home to his weird family. He goes back to school the next day and then this kid named Henry walks in and looks weirder than weird. Weir and Henry become friends and the rest of the year will be great for Weir. If you like funny books, this is the book for you. I think it has potential to be the Next Big Thing!

~ Connor, 5th grade

 

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Morse Pond Review: The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins

9780525428459The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins

Gail Shepherd

Available March 2019

Penguin Publishing Group

$16.99

In this debut novel by author Gail Shepard, we meet the tenacious character of Lyndie Hawkins (named after President Lyndon B. Johnson) who is a firm believer of finding the truth in history. Set against the backdrop of small town Love’s Forge, Tennessee in 1985, Lyndie’s family is dealing with her father’s struggles based on his time in the Vietnam War. After losing his job, the family has to move in with Lyndie’s strict grandmother Lady, and her tender, but busy grandfather. As Lyndie tries to find her way at school and at home, she befriends a new boy being fostered by her best friend’s family, D.B. Through her former friendship with Dawn, and new friendship with D.B. she discovers that some secrets are not worth keeping. This is an amazing story which tackles tough issues with tenderness and truth. I will definitely be recommending it to my students!

~ Mrs. Abbott, MPS Library Teacher

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Morse Pond Review: Lizzie Flying Solo

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Lizzie Flying Solo

Nanci Turner Steveson

Available April 2019

HarperCollins

$16.99

 

The third book by Nanci Turner Steveson tugged at the heartstrings just as much as Swing Sideways and Georgia Rules did before it. In this novel, Lizzie and her mother find themselves moved into a homeless shelter after her father is put in jail for embezzling from his business. Lizzie finds a path in the woods with a fork: the first trail leads to the library where she spends time immersing herself in books, befriending the librarian and volunteering, while the second trail leads to the Birchwood Stables which becomes a second home for Lizzie. I will definitely recommend this book to all my horseback riding students. However, I will be recommending it to all students who love realistic fiction that deals with difficult situations with truth and compassion as well. Another gem of a tale from one of our favorite authors!!!

~ Mrs. Abbott, MPS Library Teacher

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Morse Pond Review: The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray

9781101919286The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray

E. Latimer

Available on Feb. 13, 2018

Tundra Books

$17.99

 

Bryony is a girl that was locked in her attic for 13 years. Her aunt and uncle did this to her. They were cruel to her. They said they were buying her more paints, but her mysterious patron actually bought the paints. They were buying jewelry and saving money to make an addition to their house. Filled with craziness, we highly recommend The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray.  

~ Phoebe and Emerson, Grade 5

 

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