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Morse Pond Review: Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth

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Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth

Sheila O’Connor

G.P. Putnam’s Son’s

Available now

$16.99

Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, is a riveting tale about a young girl named Reenie Kelly. The book is set during the Vietnam War, and her older brother, Billy, a wise and kind young man, may get drafted into the war. Reenie is determined not to let her brother go into the war. Reenie is faced with many obstacles, the obstinate inhabitants of the town she lives in, the cruel town sheriff, his nasty son, and his son’s friend, even her own grandmother thinks it is correct for Billy to get drafted. Mr. Marsworth, a person on her paper route, was a conscientious objector, (someone who refused to go into the war). He helps Reenie throughout her journey of overcoming society’s perspectives on conscientious objectors, and saving Billy from the war. This story is fantastic, with a surprising plot twist at the end.

~ Merritt, grade 6, age 11

 

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Morse Pond Review: Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth

9780399161933

Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth

Sheila O’Connor

G.P. Putnam’s Son’s

Available now

$16.99

Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth is about a girl name Maureen (Reenie) Kelly. In the time of the bloody Vietnam war, Reenie’s mother passes away so they have to move in with their grandmother while their father tries to earn money. Reenie’s older brother, Billy, is at risk of being drafted into the war. Reenie begins to start a new life at her new home starting with being pen pals with an old man named Mr. Marsworth. Mr. Marsworth gives Reenie advice that helps her through many obstacles and may even help save her brother from the draft. They help each other through their hard times. This beautifully written story has themes talking about peace, love and family. It shows us that people can help each other through hard times and that they can encourage each other to be their best. I highly suggest this book to all readers.

~ Kylie, 6th Grade, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: G.I Dogs Prisoners of War

9781338185232G.I Dogs Prisoners of War

Laurie Calkhoven

Scholastic

$ 5.99

Available March 27, 2018

Judy is an english pointer aboard a gunboat named the Gnat. Then, Judy is stationed on a different gunboat, the Dragon Fly.  Not long after that the Japanese attack the gunboat and capture the crew. Can Judy survive the Japanese prison camp!? People who love the I Survived books will love this! I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!

~ John, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: Action Presidents

Action Presidents #1: George Washington!Action Presidents #1: George Washington!

Fred Von Leat, Ryan Dunlavey

Harper Collins

$ 9.99

Available February 6, 2018

 

Action Presidents is a funny book with great information that is totally real ;). I am encouraging you to make more, but please make Obama next. I love the jokes you put in the book. It is different from other books I have read before. 5/5 star!

~ Jonathan, 10 years old

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Morse Pond Review: Action Presidents #1

Action Presidents #1: George Washington!Action Presidents #1 George Washington

Fred Van Lente, illustrated by Ryan Dunlavey

 HarperCollins

$9.99

Available January 2018

 

The first of the series Action Presidents, George Washington was entertaining in many ways. Like the title implies, the book is full of action on every page. It tells a pretty full story of George Washington’s life. It was a quick-read graphic novel that I would rate 3.5 stars of 5. I think it is a pretty hard core history book.

 

Gideon, Age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Between Shades of Gray

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Ruta Sepetys

Speak

$9.99

Available now
Between Shades of Gray is an amazing book. The reason I started reading it was because it was assigned in  school. I started reading it after school every day. I had an addiction. Ruta Sepetys’ skill shows throughout this book like a flashlight that never runs out of battery. Some parts made me cry, and some parts made me laugh out loud. Every single person in my book group buzzed about this book with me in and out of school. This book is at the top of my list for the best books I’ve ever read in my life.   

~ Grace, age 11

 

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Morse Pond Review: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

 

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Mildred D. Taylor

Dial Books

40th Anniversary Edition $18.99

paperback edition $7.99

The Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry series by Mildred D. Taylor is about a young black girl named Cassie who is living in the 1960s when black people are not treated equally. She witnesses many horrible events and must live with them lingering in her mind. Cassie has three brother and lives with her parents and her grandmother. As she grows older she must be more and more careful about where she goes and who she talks to. This is a heart-breaking and heart-warming story of tragedy, and friendships. This Newbery Medal award winning book is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. If you ever need a book to make you teary-eyed or if you are bored on a rainy day find this book and you won’t be able to put it down.

~ Alanna H., grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: A Bandit’s Tale

Bandit's TaleA Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

Deborah Hopkinson

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

$16.99

Available April 2016

A Bandit’s Tale is a great book that opens a window to what it was like to live in the 1800’s. Rocco Zaccaro is an Italian immigrant who thinks that it is normal to be begging for pennies that are supposedly going to his family back in Italy. Then, he meets The Prince of Bandit’s Roost, who turns his life into one of riches, running, and sausages. If you like history and adventure, this is the book for you!

~ Ned, 5th grade

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Morse Pond Review: Catch You Later, Traitor

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Catch you Later, Traitor

Avi

Algonquin for Young Readers

$16.95

Available in March 2015

The book Catch You Later Traitor by Avi is about the Red Scare in 1959. A boy named Pete Collison is a 12 year old who loves Sam Spade. But, when an FBI agent comes to Pete’s house accusing his dad of being a communist, Pete finds himself in a real life mystery. My favorite part of the story is when Pete and his dad go to see his uncle who later dies. My favorite character in the story is either Pete or his dad. I liked the book because I love reading stuff around the World War II time period.

Spencer, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

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Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge Publishing

$16.95

Available now

Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi is a great story about a boy named Jake. Jake is a prisoner in the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Jake is charged of manslaughter and sentenced for five years! The more read the more you learn about Jake and other characters in story. Jake is a great character, he is very mysterious even after reading the whole book. Leah Pileggi is a great author and I can’t wait to see more books from her. The only problem I have is the ending. It just seems to be rushed, but because of how good everything thing else this doesn’t make me hate the book. Prisoner 88 is a great book even after the ending. It is a great read.

~ Matthew, age 10

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