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Morse Pond Review: Problim Children

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Natalie Lloyd

Katherine Tegen Books

February 6, 2018

$16.99

The Problim Children is about seven strange children born on different days of the week. Mona born on a Monday, Toot born on a Tuesday, Wendell born on a Wednesday, Thea born on a Thursday, Frida born on a Friday, Sal born on a Saturday, and Sundae, the oldest, born on a Sunday. They move to a small town where they have to prove that they are not dangerous. This book is a mix of comedy, fantasy, mystery, and action. It’s hard not to love the famous seven. Each character has an important part in the story and everyone can relate to one of them. I would rate this book a 5/5. It is one of my favorite books. It really shows you what it’s like to be a kid. It also shows the struggles of getting over your fears and making friends. It is very relatable, but also completely different.

The Fox loved this book                                                                                                                        But it’s time to go                                                                                                                                Back to her nook                                                                                                                                Full of many more books  

~ Kylie, age Friday’s Child

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Morse Pond Review: This Would Make a Good Story Someday

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Dana Alison Levy

Random House Children’s Books

$16.99

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This Would Make A Good Story Someday is a amazing story about a girl named Sara, who has to survive a long family road trip with her two moms, her younger sister nicknamed Ladybug, and her older sister Laurel. At first she is frustrated that she has to go, but along the way she learns what it means to be a true family. She meets friends that she knows she will remember for a long time. Along the way she attempts to reinvent herself, but learns how to accept who she truly is. This is an incredible book that I would definitely recommend to many people.

~ Jane, age 11

 

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Morse Pond Review: Finding Perfect

9780374303129Finding Perfect

Elly Swartz

Farrar Straus Giroux

$16.99

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Molly Nathans is a twelve-year-old girl who must have everything perfect. After her parents split, her mom’s new job is forcing her to move to Canada, for a whole year, or more. Molly life is comprised of a plan to bring her mom home, while she struggles with her OCD disorder that is slowly obtaining all of her attention. Will Molly’s plan work? Will she find a way to handle her new and old obsession? Join Molly on her journey to see if she is really crazy, or is she just telling  herself this. Finding Perfect is now my favorite book of all time! Everyone should read it!

~ Bella, grade 6

 

 

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Morse Pond Review: Wizardmatch

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Lauren Magaziner

Dial for Young Readers

$16.99

Available March 2018

 

Wizardmatch is a very good book about a girl in a magical family. In each magical family there is a prime wizard who has most of the magic. Everyone else only has a tiny bit of magic. When the prime wizard gets old, he holds a Wizardmatch to decide who will be the next prime wizard. Lennie notices that all the prime wizards have been men. When her brother is chosen to compete instead of her, she has to work hard to make things fair. If you read The One And Only Ivan you will surely like this book. I loved it.

~ Lucia, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: Hello, Universe

hello-universeHello, Universe

Erin Entrada Kelly

Greenwillow Books An imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

Available March 2017

You think you have it rough, say that to eleven year old Virgil Salinas. His brothers and parents are all jocks and always happy all the time. He’s just the opposite. He is very shy except around his grandmother, Gulliver (his pet guinea pig), and his friend Kaori. The only one who really understands him is Lola, his grandmother who lives with him. Then one day when while Gulliver is in Virgil’s backpack, it is thrown into a well in the woods by a bully named Chet. Now, Virgil has a decision to make. Will he be brave and go save Gulliver himself or will he go for help and leave Gulliver down there longer alone in the dark? This is one of the most amazingly interesting books I have ever read . It has  wonderful lessons that I think everyone should learn: You are never alone;  and everyone has an inner bayani (hero), you just have to find it.

~Teagan, grade 5

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Customer Review: One Hundred Spaghetti Strings

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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

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Morse Pond Review: Paper Things

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Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Candlewick

$16.99

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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: Swing Sideways

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Nanci Turner Steveson

HarperCollins

$16.99

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Swing Sideways is one of my all time favorite books.  The stream of events run from adventurous, to heartwarming, to surprising, to exciting.  The main character, Annie starts off feeling overwhelmed with the schedules her mother makes, how her whole life is planned out.  So for the entire summer, they come up with the Freedom Plan, Annie gets to do whatever she wants.  That summer they head to the countryside, and live by a farm.  Here, Annie makes friends with a mysterious but lovable girl named California.  The two of them spend the whole summer running around the farm, enjoying life, solving mysteries.   Just when Annie thinks everything in her life is going perfectly, something unexpected happens that changes her life forever.

Overall, this book is much like Bridge to Terabithia or Out of My Mind.  I strongly recommend this book to anyone, you won’t be disappointed!

-Grace, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Wolf Hollow

 

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Lauren Wolk

Dutton Books for Young Readers

$16.99

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In a small, rural town in Pennsylvania Annabelle’s life is as perfect as can be. She has great friends, a wonderful family, and the best home she can imagine, until Betty Glengarry shows up in autumn 1943.The wandering man, Toby, is showing up more often with his camera around Annabelle’s farm. Betty is the biggest bully in school, well, next to Andy Woodberry. The mystery of a child’s disappearance, and trying to save Toby’s life, takes you on the edge of your seat with vivid, heartfelt emotion. I loved this book!

~ Ava, grade 6

 

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Morse Pond Review: Listen, Slowly

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Thannha Lai

HarperCollins

$16.99

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Listen, Slowly by Thannha Lai was by far one of  my favorite books ever! I haven’t finished the ending yet so I won’t give it away 🙂  Even though I have not read the ending yet, it is probably one of the most interesting books that I’ve ever read. The story is about a girl that goes to Vietnam. The author creates a window for the reader to see through. I have never been to Vietnam, but the author makes the image so clear of how it looks, and how the people act there compared to United States citizens. Even though she doesn’t want to go at first, she discovers how special this place can be.

~ Kailei, grade 6

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