Tag Archives: middle grade

Customer Review: One Hundred Spaghetti Strings

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Jen Nails

HarperCollins

$16.99

Available April 11th, 2017

I liked One Hundred Spaghetti Strings; as a 13 year old, I think that the book is more fit from someone younger (maybe 9-11 years old). That said, the main character, Steffy, is dealing with a lot of family problems that are beyond her age, and she has some good thoughts about it. I love to cook, so I really liked the cooking aspect of the book (especially the recipes in the back). Overall I would definitely recommend this book.

~ Clara

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Morse Pond Review: Love, Ish

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Karen Rivers

Algonquin Young Readers

March 2017

 

Love, Ish is a amazing book about a girl named Ish. She faces a huge challenge that she might not recover from. Her whole life she has dreamed of going to Mars, so she can escape the real world. Ish might not be able to go to Mars, because on the first day of seventh grade, she is diagnosed with a brain tumor. Her whole world is flipped upside down. This book is heartbreaking and incredible. If you liked Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, or The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, you will be sure to like this book. I am sure that I will read and re-read this book over and over again.

~ Jane, age 10, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: Paper Things

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Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Candlewick

$16.99

Available now

 

Paper Things is one of the most mind-opening books written. This book explains the life of one, innocent young girl, living a life that feels like the world is crumbling. When Ari finds out that her brother bought an apartment, she is torn. Her life feels like it is slowly being ripped apart. How many lies can she tell before somebody finds out her secret? Jacobson told the riveting story of an eleven year old girl, who is mixed up in a lie, larger than life. Not knowing whether to stay with her foster mom, or with her brother, who only wants to protect her, Ari must fend for herself, day after day. Not knowing where the next meal will come from, or what bed she will sleep in, Paper Things keeps you wondering with each page. The book opened my eyes, and will open any readers, to how a displaced girl sees the world. The world is hard, unfair, and cruel. The world has hot meals for the rich, and cold mush for the homeless. This book would make anybody want to help people in need. Although her life is hard, this exceptional little girl can conjure up kindness even during her hardest days.

Sklyer, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Pegasus

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Kate O’Hearn

Aladdin

$7.99

Available now

 

The Pegasus series is an amazing series.  With outstanding drama, and crazy people, O’Hearn creates an image of an ordinary girl, with an extraordinary story.

With beautifully woven words, and artistic details, this book shines to all. Based on Roman mythology, every Percy Jackson fan is sure to bubble with excitement about this book!

With 5 books, there will be more than enough reading for everyone!

~ Kailei, age 11

 

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Morse Pond Reviews: Mother Daughter Book Camp

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Heather Vogel Frederick

Simon & Schuster

$16.99

Available now

 

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: A Dog Called Homeless

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Sarah Lean

Katherine Tegen Books

$6.99

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This heartfelt book keeps the reader hooked! This book keeps getting better as you get deeper in this rollercoaster ride story. Cally Fisher is upset that her father does not like to talk about her deceased mother, especially since she died on his birthday.One day at school, Cally decides to do a silent day tor raise money for charity. Her former best friend was planning on doing it though!! This story has ups and downs between a friendship that develops with a completely silent Cally and a deaf and blind boy, as well as the adventures a stray dog taken care of by a homeless man take them on. The connection from the father to the daughter and the difficulties they face, generates a different feeling from tension of death, to a family that cannot be separated. I highly recommend this book for dog-lovers, and people who love stories with heart and meaning.

~ Ava, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Mother Daughter Book Camp

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Heather Vogel Frederick

Simon & Schuster

$16.99

Available now

 

I loved Mother Daughter Book Camp. I like how the girls share their book club with a younger group. They spend their last summer together at a camp teaching younger kids the lessons they learned during their years in book club. This book has lots of adventure and fun and you will never want it to end.

~ Sophia, age 11

 

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Morse Pond Review: Nothing But Trouble

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Betty Ren Wright

Scholastic

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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Morse Pond Review: Swing Sideways

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Nanci Turner Steveson

HarperCollins

$16.99

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Swing Sideways is one of my all time favorite books.  The stream of events run from adventurous, to heartwarming, to surprising, to exciting.  The main character, Annie starts off feeling overwhelmed with the schedules her mother makes, how her whole life is planned out.  So for the entire summer, they come up with the Freedom Plan, Annie gets to do whatever she wants.  That summer they head to the countryside, and live by a farm.  Here, Annie makes friends with a mysterious but lovable girl named California.  The two of them spend the whole summer running around the farm, enjoying life, solving mysteries.   Just when Annie thinks everything in her life is going perfectly, something unexpected happens that changes her life forever.

Overall, this book is much like Bridge to Terabithia or Out of My Mind.  I strongly recommend this book to anyone, you won’t be disappointed!

-Grace, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Wolf Hollow

 

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Lauren Wolk

Dutton Books for Young Readers

$16.99

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In a small, rural town in Pennsylvania Annabelle’s life is as perfect as can be. She has great friends, a wonderful family, and the best home she can imagine, until Betty Glengarry shows up in autumn 1943.The wandering man, Toby, is showing up more often with his camera around Annabelle’s farm. Betty is the biggest bully in school, well, next to Andy Woodberry. The mystery of a child’s disappearance, and trying to save Toby’s life, takes you on the edge of your seat with vivid, heartfelt emotion. I loved this book!

~ Ava, grade 6

 

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