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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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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

9781580895606Prisoner 88

Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge Publishing

$16.95

Available now

Prisoner 88, a great book by Leah Pileggi, is filled with heart and always has you thinking. The main character, Jake, a ten year old boy, wound up in prison by protecting his Pa. Going to prison when he was ten was not the easiest. It wasn’t because he was leaving his Pa, it was because the other prisoners did not treat him right. It took a little while for Jake to settle in. He was a bit unsure of things. He worked with the hogs and, because he was so young, the prison provided him with school. Throughout his few years at the prison he learned things he probably never would have otherwise. For Jake coming from where he had come from, prison gave him good things and bad. This book is well-told and is a great historical fiction book.

~Liadan, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

9781580895606Prisoner 88

Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge Publishing

$16.95

Available now

Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi is a great book about a brave boy named Jake. He’s been through a lot for his age, winding up in prison by protecting his Pa. In prison not everyone likes a young boy like Jake around. He makes some friends and some enemies. This book has a surprising end and keeps you thinking what will happen next.

~ Ella, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Fallout

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Fallout

Todd Strasser

Candlewick Press

$16.99

Available now

The book Fallout by Todd Strasser is a very exciting book. It is filled with lots of action and mystery. It is the summer of 1962 and there is a possibility of nuclear war. Scott’s dad is the only one who actually prepares for war. He goes and builds a bomb shelter. He builds it to protect his family and stocks it with enough food and water to keep the four members of the family alive for two critical weeks. In the middle of the night in October, the unthinkable happens. I would recommend this book to kids ages 10 to 12.

~ Cole, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

9781580895606

Prisoner 88

Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge

$16.95

Available now

Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi is a book for kids who likes stunning events surrounded by some yelling and bossing around. It is about a boy who shoots somebody and gets caught. Then, he is sent to jail for a few years. He has to deal with old men getting in fights with him and getting bossed around a lot. He gets assigned a job from the Warden to get the pigs to grow to be nice and healthy for the lunch room everyday. Every week he gets asked how the pigs were doing. He has to say ‘’good’’ or ‘’bad.’’ If he says bad, he does not get paid and someone else get assigned the job. After a year or so he gets the routine down, wakes up feeds the pigs, and has a bacon and salad lunch. Soon, it is his last year. So he gets his hopes so high he could explode, but unfortunately the warden keeps him there. If you like books with hard, rough, violent, suspenseful moments, then this is the book for you. So, if you like it come out and get one!

~ Conner, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Wanderville

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Wanderville

Wendy McClure

Razorbill

$16.99

Available January 2014

Wanderville by Wendy McClure is a great book about three kids. One of these kids is Jack. In a factory that his brother worked, at there was a fire. Jack’s brother [Daniel] goes to put out the fire but dies in it. So his parents can’t afford to keep Jack and send him on a orphan train. The other two characters, Frances and Harold, are orphans and also get sent on a orphan train. All the characters meet and are friends. The rest you’ll have to read about. It is a great book with a lot of drama and excitement. This book is a must read! The author is awesome, and I look forward to the sequel.

~ Matthew, age 10

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