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Customer Review: Greetings From Witness Protection

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Jake Burt

Feiwel & Friends


Available October 3, 2017

Greetings From Witness Protection was a pretty quick read, but definitely had me sitting at the edge of my seat.

The main character Nicki is in foster care and has gone to many different schools and homes. She is also a pickpocket and has kleptomania, which means that she often can’t stop herself from stealing. The Sicrezzas are in witness protection and the US Marshalls decide they need a girl who will help the family blend in as a daughter.

The characters are very realistic and not at all superficial. There is plenty of action and except for a few instances the happenings make sense and are not unrealistic. The book has funny, sad, and touching parts and it definitely made me think about the fact that everyone is more than they seem on the surface, whether they are hiding their identity or not.

~ Helena, grade 10

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Morse Pond Review: The Capybara Conspiracy

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Erica S. Pearl

Random House Children’s Books


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This book is full of thrilling action and suspenseful excitement. There are creative characters and backstabbing traitors. Farley Middle School has an amazing mascot that is being plotted against by three harmless children. Those children are not jocks but they think that if they steal the mascot and then give it back like they didn’t steal it they will be able to get what they really want. There is a backfire in the system named Pablo.  I really enjoyed this book told in play format!

~Gideon, grade 5, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: Dog Man

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Dav Pilkey



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I really enjoyed this book because it made me laugh a lot. The main character is a good guy who is trying to protect the community from an evil cat. This graphic novel, by the author of the Captain Underpants series, is great!

~ Quinn, grade 5


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Morse Pond Reviews: Mother Daughter Book Camp

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Heather Vogel Frederick

Simon & Schuster


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Mother-Daughter Book Camp gets better after every page.  As it is the final book of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series, readers are sure to come back for more adventures with Emma, Jess, Cassidy, Megan, and Becca.  It’s their last summer together before college, and the girls decide to spend it at Camp Lovejoy, and are counselors to adorable kids.  Their days are full of glitter, boating, swimming, and singing.  But little complications get in their way, like waves of homesickness, pranks, and a microburst.  In order to cure the homesickness, the girls form a Counselor-Camper Book Club, following in their mother’s footsteps. This book is sure to create a warm feeling in your stomach and outbursts of laughter. Then again, this always happens when the girls from the Mother-Daughter Book Club are around.

~ Grace, age 11


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Morse Pond Review: Nothing But Trouble

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Betty Ren Wright


Out of print

This book was a spontaneous novel. The main character was bursting with spark, and all the other characters were extremely well-developed. The book was full of surprises and heart. The central idea was brilliantly hilarious. All in all, this book was one of the best I have ever read.

~ Sophia, age 11


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Customer Review: Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions

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Shelia Grau

Amulet Books


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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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Customer Review: Dead Boy

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Laurel Gale


Crown Books

Available September 29, 2015

Dead Boy, by Laurel Gale, is a combination of adventure, bravery, and friendship. It may seem like your typical story of a middle school boy, except this middle school boy is dead! Crow Darlingson stinks. He has maggots crawling in and out of his body. His body parts fall off easily, and are literally hanging from threads attaching them to his body. Imagine if every so often, you had to ask your mom to sew on your arm, or leg! Crow hardly goes anywhere, and he barely ever goes outside! He longs for a friend, and when a new neighbor moves in next door, they end up becoming friends! They go through adventures facing bullies, and a mysterious creature! For those that enjoy adventure, and humor, Dead Boy is the book for you! I thought this book was amazing, and I would rate it as a 10 out of 10!

~ Olivia, age 12

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Morse Pond Review — House of Robots: My Brother the Robot

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James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Little, Brown


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The book that I read was House of Robots: My Brother the Robot by James Patterson. What I liked about the book is that at the start Sammy didn’t like E going to his school, but at the end they became best buds. E is a robot that thinks it is Sammy’s brother. Sammy is worried that the other students will judge him as a nerd because of E. The bully in this book is up to no good at their school and is trying to get his crowd back. You should read this book because it is really funny and great to read.

~ Dontae, age 12

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Morse Pond Review: The Terrible Two

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Jory John and Mac Barnett

Illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Amulet Books


Available January 2015

The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett is about a kid named Miles who moves to Yawnee Valley. He meets a boy named Niles. At the school, somehow the principal’s car got put on the stairs of the school entrance. The principal thought it was Miles. Was it? Both Miles and Niles love to pull pranks. You are going to have to read this book if you want to knows what happens. If you like funny fiction books, then this is definitely the book for you!

by Kyle R. and Clifford P., age 11

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Morse Pond Review: The Swap

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Megan Shull

Katherine Tegan Books


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The Swap is now one of my new favorite books! I recommend this book because the characters are very realistic and the story itself is very entertaining. This book is very funny also!

I love the double perspective of Jack and Ellie. Jack and Ellie switch bodies and switch lives! This book is good for both boys and girls because boys and girls can relate to what Jack and Ellie are saying and feeling. This book is for more older kids because there are a few swear words. But overall this book is amazing and I highly recommend it.

Liz, age 11

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