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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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Morse Pond Review: Smart Cookie

SmartCookieSmart Cookie

Elly Swartz

Available January 30, 2018

Scholastic Press

$16.99

 

Smart Cookie by Elly Swartz is now my favorite book in the whole wide world. It’s about a girl named Frankie who lives in a B&B with her father, her hedgehog Winston, her rambunctious puppy Lucy, and her grandmother. Frankie is missing a piece of her life, her mother. Frankie decides to secretly sign her father up for an online dating website. There are so many contenders but none of them are the perfect missing puzzle piece in Frankie’s life. Frankie’s life is getting crazier and crazier. Her best friend is not talking to her, there is supposedly some ghost haunting her B&B, and her family is keeping secrets from her. I definitely recommend  this book. It is a 6 out of 5!

~ Teagan, age 11

 

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Morse Pond Review: The Midnight Gang

MidnightGangThe Midnight Gang

David Walliams

Harper Collins

Release Date: February 27, 2018

$16.99

 

Tom is sent to the hospital after being hit by a nasty cricket ball to his head. On the way he meets George, Amber, Robin and the porter, who are all  part of the midnight gang. All of the children have been going on adventures to have their dreams come true. The porter helps them on their way to their adventures with the newest member, Tom. The story centers around Tom and the midnight gang going on different scenarios of making their dreams come to life and the consequences that follow along. The matron is trying to stop the gang from their adventures. There are loads more characters and funny and sad scenarios that will give you an experience of joy that makes 476 pages worth the reading when the book is published in February! If you like Roald Dahl, I recommend this book, which I give a 10/5.

~ James, age 10  

 

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Morse Pond Review: Annie’s Life in Lists

9781524765095Annie’s Life in Lists

Kristin Mahoney

Random House

$16.99 

Available in May 2018

 

Oh my goodness! I don’t know where to start.  This amazing book is a cross between Judy Blume and Roald Dahl. It’s genius! Annie’s Life in Lists is the best book I have ever read and that’s saying a lot!! I read all day, every day. I love how most of this book is lists. When I first heard of this book, I thought It would be hard to follow, but it’s really not. It’s as clear as any book written in normal text. Everyone should definitely read this book!

~ Adele, grade 6

 

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Morse Pond Review: Suee and the Shadow

9781419725647Suee and the Shadow

Ginger Ly and illustrated by Molly Park

Amulet Books

$12.99

Available now

 

When Suee Lee goes to a dull new school, something strange starts to happen. When her own shadow comes to life she knows something’s up. Will her shadow take over? What is a zero? You will have to find out in Suee and the Shadow. I would give this book a 5/5 stars. I love the new things that she finds out and could not put the book down. I would read until midnight! I liked how her shadow can only take bullied kids and turn them into a zero.

~ Avery, age 10

 

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Morse Pond Review: Funny Kid for President

9780062572912Funny Kid for President

Matt Stanton

Harper Collins

$12.99

Available January 2, 2018

 

Max, the funny kid for president, is in a mess up straight away. Max and his friends are trying to figure out who will be the new class president. But, something mysterious is going on here at his school. Their principal is rigging the election so that Layla (Mr. Armstrong’s favorite student)  can win the election. Max has figured out the mystery and now Mr. Armstrong is in big trouble. Now everybody votes and to see who is the class president. Can Max win the election? Read this hilarious book to find out. This is one of my new favorite books of all times. I can’t wait for the next book, Funny Kid Stand Up!

 

Nathan, 10, grade 5

 

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