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Morse Pond Review: Escape This Book

9780525644200Escape This Book! The Titanic

Bill Doyle

Available March 2019

Random House


Find yourself on an adventure as a third class passenger or a hard working crew member or even take on the dangerous task of a stow away hoping to get to America on the unsinkable ship, the Titanic! As a passenger you have a 25% chance of surviving the iceberg that will rip into the Titanic at 11:40 and sink two and a half hours later. As a stowaway you not only have to try not to be found by the crew members or the captain but also have to not be seen by any passengers and get off the ship onto a lifeboat, also without being seen! Crew members have less than 25 percent chance of surviving. But if you choose the path of a crew member you can get paid for helping the family that you are assigned. This book is great if you like choose your own adventure books, but also like to have an activity once and awhile. This book is also great if you don’t like to read that much, but you still like a good story line.

~ Ezra, 5th grade

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Morse Pond Review: A Crack in the Sea

crackintheseaA Crack in the Sea

H.M. Bouwman

Penguin Young Readers

$ 16.99

Available January 2017

A Crack in the Sea is an amazing book about two different worlds. In it, there are three different stories. One is about Kinchen and Pip. Pip has the power to talk to fish. There is also Venus and Swimmer trying to escape a slave ship. And, finally there is Sang, Mai, and Thanh trying to escape their country. On the way, they travel to different worlds. Some people have magical abilities. This book is an amazing story!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ~ Kylie, age 10 ,5th grade

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Morse Pond Review: The $25,000 Flight

9780385382847The $25,000 Flight

Lori Haskins Houran

Random House Books for Young Readers


Available now

The $25,000 Flight by Lori Haskins Houran is an amazing book. It is about Charles Lindbergh when he made a plane, but it blow up because it couldn’t fly up into the air. He had a parachute to save him from a plane crash. First, he made a plane and wanted to go to Paris. So, he did! When he was flying it was very dangerous for him because of the clouds and a storm. But Charles Lindbergh didn’t give up; he was a risk taker. When Charles Lindbergh went to Paris and landed, everyone was so happy for him for making the journey across the Atlantic on a homemade plane. I will give this book 5 stars because it’s really good. It is so fantastic.

Rachelle, age 10

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Staff Review: China Dolls


Lisa See

China Dolls

Random House


Available June 2014

Lisa See once again has brought a certain time period in history to life. This time is San Francisco, 1938, there is a World’s Fair on Treasure Island and a war brewing overseas. Three young women meet and find themselves competing in auditions at an exclusive nightclub called the Forbidden City. Grace is an American-born Chinese. Helen is from a Chinese family with deep roots in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and Ruby is Japanese passing as Chinese. They form a pact to stick together alternately helping and sometimes hurting each other within the cutthroat world of entertainment and male attention. When the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, the government starts rounding up innocent Japanese and send them to interment camps.

I was really interested in following the lives of these women and See continues to portray complicated relationships in a very interesting, yet harrowing, time in our country’s history.

~ Cathy

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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

9781580895606Prisoner 88

Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge Publishing


Available now

I loved the book Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi. I loved how much action was in the book. Right when I thought I knew what was going to happen next, the story took an unsuspecting turn. James Oliver Evans, the main character, is thrown in jail with hardened criminals at age the of ten. He is convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in the Idaho Territorial Penitentiary. He finds a home in a place that most people want to get out of. I would recommend this book to people who love books with action in them and a little mystery.

~ Cole, age 11

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Historians on History

9780807050217Today the Falmouth Public Library hosted their Narrative Non-Fiction group, which featured the book Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo. Eight Cousins was on hand to sell Puleo’s books after the event so I had the good fortune of listening to his talk. He spent most of the hour answering questions, but the final question elicited an impassioned discussion on the importance of history, especially of teaching history. It’s always interesting listening to writers talk about writing, but today it was fascinating listening to a historian talk about history. Puleo talked about the necessity for history teachers to infuse a passion for history into their lessons. History often becomes bogged down with dates and events that mean little to students, but history is, as Puleo stated, a story. History is not simply events, but how those events came to be, the decisions that led to those events, and the lasting influence that those events had. Dark Tide, for example, isn’t simply about the Molasses Flood, but incorporates the people whose decisions affected the flood and the change in regulations that were later introduced because of it. Each moment is a piece of a larger narrative.

What a great idea for a reading group. If you’re interested, the next meeting is January 4th 10-11am at the library. The group will be discussing Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

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