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Morse Pond Review: Hello, Universe

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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

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: Swing Sideways

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Nanci Turner Steveson

HarperCollins

$16.99

Available now

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

Available now

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

Available now

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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Customer Review: Bayou Magic

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Jewell Parker Rhodes

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

$17.00

Available now

Madison (Maddy) Isabelle Lavalier Johnson is the youngest in a family of a mother and four sisters. They are all used to city life in New Orleans. All four of her sisters have gone to the bayou for the summer with their Grandmère, who they all think is a little bit kooky. They also don’t like bayou life at all, and they really just sit around all summer long.

Maddy is scared to go at first, but she ends up loving her bayou summer!  She also finds out that she inherited the Lavalier family’s special magic trait, and she can do many things that her sisters, and other family members, can’t. She always has something to do, whether it’s swimming with mermaids, summoning fireflies, hanging out with her new friend Bear, or even just exploring the bayou for herself!  This book was a great–and quick– read!  For those that like adventure and magic, and family and friends, Bayou Magic is a great choice for you!


~ Olivia, age 12

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Morse Pond Review — Brown Girl Dreaming

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Jacqueline Woodson

Nancy Paulson Books

$16.99

Available now

I liked Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson because it is a story about the author’s life.The book talks about her family, and I liked that her family is always together.This book is a unique and I would recommend it to everyone.

~ Rachelle,10

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Morse Pond Review: Paper Things

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Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Candlewick

$16.99

Available February 2015

Paper Things, by Jennifer Richard Jacobson, is a really enjoyable book because the characters seem real. The plot and setting is well planned. Ari and her older brother, Gage, leave their guardian’s home. They have nowhere to stay, and they keep traveling to friend’s houses to stay overnight. Meanwhile, Ari’s grades are going down and it gets harder and harder to keep her friends. Ari has two choices, either she can stay with Gage, or she can go back to Janna, their old guardian. Which one should she choose? Paper Things, is an intriguing book, that I would recommend.

~ Grace, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: Absolutely Truly

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Absolutely Truly

Heather Vogel Frederick

Simon & Schuster

$16.99

Available now

Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick was phenomenal. My favorite part about it is the funny characters, especially Truly Lovejoy. At almost six feet tall she definitely stands out. When her father loses an arm in the war, her family decides to move to Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire to take over the family bookstore. One day at the bookstore she finds a mysterious letter in an old copy of Charlotte’s Web. With her new friends she follows clues around town. Will Truly solve the mystery before it’s too late? Find out in the new novel by Heather Vogel Frederick , who visited Morse Pond School.

~ Emma, age 10

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