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Customer Review: Wonder Woman — Warbringer


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Leigh Bardugo 

Random House 

Available August 2017 


Diana knows she’s different from everyone else on the island of Themyscira. She wants nothing more than to prove herself to the other Amazons. When her opportunity finally comes, however, she throws away the chance she has at finally being recognized as one of the Amazons and risks exile to save the life of a mortal girl, Alia Keralis. And Alia is no normal girl; she is a Warbringer, descended from Helen of Troy. Diana and Alia must fight many enemies, both mortal and immortal, to save both their worlds. Leigh Bardugo has written a Wonder Woman adventure almost as thrilling as the Wonder Woman movie, and any fan of the DC Universe should add Wonder Woman: Warbringer to their bookshelf. 

Leah, 9th grade

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Customer Review: The Cruel Prince

CruelPrinceThe Cruel Prince 

Holly Black

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Available January 2018 


Jude Duarte is stolen away from the mortal world at seven years old, her parents murdered by the same faerie that then took her and her sisters to Faerie. She grows up among the faeries; their lifestyle becoming hers. She wishes more than anything to truly belong in the Faerie Court, and when she is seventeen a chance to make this dream come true finally appears: she must defy the wishes of the cruel Prince Cardan and compete in a tournament to seek knighthood. However, in gaining the power she craves, Jude finds herself in the middle of a deadly web of bloodshed and deceit, and she is the key to stopping the imminent civil war hovering over Faerie. The only way to survive is to become more ruthless than the murderers she faces. With fast-paced action, well-drawn characters and a gripping plot, The Cruel Prince will keep you up all night reading and leave you impatiently awaiting the sequel. 

~ Leah, 9th grade



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Morse Pond Review: The Castle in the Mist

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Amy Ephron

Philomel Books


Available February 2017


The Castle in the Mist is a wonderful book. In the book, Tess and her brother Max are staying at their Aunt Evie’s house over the summer. Then one day, Tess finds a magical gate with invisible walls around it. She hopes she will finally have a chance of adventure. She meets a boy named William and they become best friends. When she meets him, he tells her to beware of the hawthorn trees which totally freaks her out. Then, magical things begin to happen. This is an amazing book, and I highly suggest it.

~Kylie,age 10, 5th grade

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Morse Pond Review: Serafina and the Twisted Staff

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Robert Beatty

Disney Hyperion


Available Now

This book is one of the best! It is the sequel to the book Serafina and the Black Cloak which I would also recommend. Both books are amazing fantasies for any book lover. Serafina and the Twisted Staff  includes many twists and turns that will keep readers turning the pages. It ends in a massive cliffhanger that will keep you wanting another book. I highly recommend this book for mystery and fantasy lovers.

~ Caroline, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: The Black Lotus

black-lotusThe Black Lotus: Shadow of the Ninja

Kieran Fanning

Chicken House


Available now

The Black Lotus: Shadow of the Ninja is an amazing book! The characters Ghost,Cormac, and Kate are awesome. Each one has a unique power. This book made me want to stay up all night reading. In this book there is adventure around every corner. It has everything you could want in a book. For example, there are ninjas, samurai, time travel, super powers, and much more. It’s full of teamwork and friendship. I highly suggest it to all readers.

~ Kylie, age 10

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Staff Review: The Forgetting


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Sharon Cameron



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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Morse Pond Review: Pegasus


Kate O’Hearn



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 Review: Minrs



Kevin Sylvester

Margaret K. McElderry Books


Available now

Minrs, by Kevin Sylvester, is an amazing story that opens up a window to imagination. It uses an amazing array of characters to unveil an interesting plot. The main character, Christopher, is on the newest dwarf planet in the Solar System, Perses. It is home to many minerals to help humans survive, seeing as they are running out. He and his parents are some of the many to travel there to mine. However, just as they lose all communication with Earth for 2 months, pirates come to steal the ore. All the adults are killed or captured, and the children must stay safe in the mines. I really enjoyed this book because there is so much action and suspense. You have no idea what’s coming next, and the book has everything from tanks to weapons to codes to a little romance, and everything in between. “The kids run. They hide. But can they survive?”.

~ Luke, 10

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Customer Review: Circus Mirandus

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Cassie Beasley

Dial Books


Available now

Circus Mirandus, by Cassie Beasley, is an incredible book!  Micah’s grandfather has always told Micah about the magical circus he went to as a boy, and Micah is fascinated by the stories. Now, Micah’s Grandpa Ephraim is dying, but Grandpa Ephraim reveals to Micah that Circus Mirandus is real, and that its most impressive magician owes him a miracle. Micah immediately wants to contact the magician and get the miracle so that his grandfather can live. With his newfound, and almost too smart friend, Micah plans a way to get to Circus Mirandus. What happens next, well, you’ll have to read the book to find out! Circus Mirandus is an unbelievable book, that can make you feel happy, sad, angry, and intrigued, all at once!  If you love fiction books that are adventurous and magical, Circus Mirandus is the book for you!

~ Olivia, age 12

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Customer Review: Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions

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Shelia Grau

Amulet Books


Available now

Minions! Now, I know what you’re thinking … no, not the yellow one-eyed creatures from that movie, despicable me, but a servant that carries out the evil plans of his/her master. Runt Higgins, twelve years old, is training to be one at Dr. Gritchlore’s School for Minions. The school year gets off to a very of a rocky start when a video is posted on “Monster Tube” of some “girl explorers” scaring away alumni ogres of Dr. Gritchlore’s school down a cliff. Runt, once again, gets put into the wrong dorm. He is a werewolf, not a human. When Runt tries to talk to Dr. Gritchlore things doesn’t work out either, because he is busy watching soap operas. As if those problems aren’t enough, Runt also has to deal with group of first year zombies that wont stop following him. It’s up to Runt and his friends to stop whoever is sabotaging the school. Luckily he has some good friends: Skye, the tree nymph who is like his sister, Frank, 25, who’s head keeps popping off, and Darthin the mad scientist who dresses like a gargoyle.

I really liked this book. It grabbed my attention and I couldn’t put it down. I loved that there was still modern stuff (with a little twist) like DPGs or Dungeon Positioning Systems, or the MMA tournament (Mixed Monster Arts). I also liked the funny quotes or precepts at the beginning of each chapter such as, “An overlord with out a minion is like a toothless shark. – Dr. Gritchlore, in an advertisement.”

Some things didn’t quite add up in the end, but overall the book was very enjoyable. The comedy fantasy and mystery made Shelia Grau’s Dr. Gritchlore’s School for Minions a very pleasurable read. I would give it 8.9 out of 10 stars.

~ Helena, 12

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