Tag Archives: HarperCollins

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: 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: A Good Kind of Trouble

9780062836687A Good Kind of Trouble

Lisa Moore Ramee

Available March 12, 2019

HarperCollins

$16.99

A Good Kind of Trouble is an enchanting middle school novel, mixing classic drama and friendships with racism and protesting. Shayla, a seventh grader has an older sister who is part of Black Lives Matter. In the beginning of the story, all of her friendships are intact and everything is going well. (As good as junior high can get). But as the story progresses, Shayla finds herself in between a choice: her loyal friends or a boy. She cannot decide, leading to a unwanted case of cyber-bullying and one friend joining the “cool kids.” After she makes up with one of her friends, she starts a Black Lives Matter campaign at her school. She hands out black armbands, but it doesn’t end according to plan. She is taken off the track team and her parents are summoned to the office. Her parents no problem with Shayla protesting and they publicly question the principal. Shalya is allowed back on the track team, wins a meet, and makes up with both of her friends. I highly recommend this book once it is available to the public!

~ Faye, grade 5

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Morse Pond is Buzzing about “The Next Big Thing!”

For the past couple of years, I’ve been working with Mrs. Abbott, who is the amazing and passionate librarian at Morse Pond Middle School in Falmouth, MA. Mrs. Abbott coordinates two book clubs, one for the 5th grade and one for the 6th grade. Thanks to many generous sales reps and publicity people at publishing houses, I have been able to bring ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) of books for the kids to read and review. In the spring of 2013, our Random House rep highly recommended Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. I read it, loved it, and handed my copy to Mrs. Abbott. She read it, loved it, and passed it on to one of the 6th graders in the book club who read it, loved it, and reviewed it. That review kicked off a series of events that none of us could have anticipated, culminating a Mr. Lemoncello Weekend, where Chris Grabenstein visited Morse Pond AND we had an after hours event for 12 kids at the Falmouth Public Library.IMG_5995*

In preparation for this school year, Mrs. Abbott and I had a conversation about how many amazing things happened because of a seemingly small gesture: handing someone a book and telling them they have to read it. However, word-of-mouth recommendations are one of the most important factors in publishing. So we decided we wanted to see what books would capture the attention and imagination of Morse Pond’s book clubs this year.

We don’t know what will happen, but here are the steps so far . . . I asked people from various publishing houses to make recommendations of what books they think could be “The Next Big Thing.” Kate (Random House), Bernie (HarperCollins), Debra (Candlewick), Barbara (Simon & Schuster), Eileen (Algonquin Young Readers), Lisa, (Little, Brown) all kindly sent a few contenders. I also picked up ARCs from Abrams, Macmillan, Scholastic, and Penguin at a recent conference (see the full list of books here). Mrs. Abbott and I talked about each book and let the kids decide which ones they want to read. We’ve explained to the kids that buzzing — both via word of mouth and in written reviews — is crucial to this project. IMG_6039Mrs. Abbott put this awesome board up in the library and kids can post their comments about the books for their peers. Kids are talking to each other, their families, and teachers about some of their favorites. Mrs. Abbott can’t stop talking about Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai! Reviews are starting to arrive and will be posted here on the Eight Cousins blog — readers are, of course, free to read and review books not on the list. Although we don’t know what *will* happen, Mrs. Abbott and I already seeing a lot of middle school kids getting really excited about books, reading, and buzzing!

~ Sara

 

 

 

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is a favorite at Eight Cousins, Morse Pond, and the Falmouth Public Library. It was one of the Eight Cousins 2013 Picks of the Year, was one of Jill Erikson’s (Head Reference Librarian at the Falmouth Public Library) Summer Reading Picks, is currently listed on the Morse Pond Battle of the Books, and continues to get rave reviews from everyone who reads it.

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Customer Review: Mattie, age 14

9780062014535Mattie, age 14, reviewed an advanced reader copy of Requiem by Lauren Oliver for us (Harper, $18.99, available March 5, 2013). Rating the book as “fabulous”, Mattie recommends Requiem for “people who like the other books in the series or people who like dystopias”. She also indicates that the book teaches important lessons, has an excellent plot and interesting people, is well written, and made her laugh.

Thanks for the review, Mattie!

 

Local kids and teens who are interested in receiving advanced copies of books should contact us about our ARC review program. Stop in the store and ask one of our staff members, or email us at events@eightcousins.com.

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