Tag Archives: middle grade

Morse Pond Review: The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray

9781101919286The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray

E. Latimer

Available on Feb. 13, 2018

Tundra Books



Bryony is a girl that was locked in her attic for 13 years. Her aunt and uncle did this to her. They were cruel to her. They said they were buying her more paints, but her mysterious patron actually bought the paints. They were buying jewelry and saving money to make an addition to their house. Filled with craziness, we highly recommend The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray.  

~ Phoebe and Emerson, Grade 5


Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Morse Pond Review: Problim Children

ProblimChildrenThe Problim Children

Natalie Lloyd

Katherine Tegen Books

February 6, 2018


The Problim Children is about seven strange children born on different days of the week. Mona born on a Monday, Toot born on a Tuesday, Wendell born on a Wednesday, Thea born on a Thursday, Frida born on a Friday, Sal born on a Saturday, and Sundae, the oldest, born on a Sunday. They move to a small town where they have to prove that they are not dangerous. This book is a mix of comedy, fantasy, mystery, and action. It’s hard not to love the famous seven. Each character has an important part in the story and everyone can relate to one of them. I would rate this book a 5/5. It is one of my favorite books. It really shows you what it’s like to be a kid. It also shows the struggles of getting over your fears and making friends. It is very relatable, but also completely different.

The Fox loved this book                                                                                                                        But it’s time to go                                                                                                                                Back to her nook                                                                                                                                Full of many more books  

~ Kylie, age Friday’s Child

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Morse Pond Review: Smart Cookie

SmartCookieSmart Cookie

Elly Swartz

Available January 30, 2018

Scholastic Press



Smart Cookie by Elly Swartz is now my favorite book in the whole wide world. It’s about a girl named Frankie who lives in a B&B with her father, her hedgehog Winston, her rambunctious puppy Lucy, and her grandmother. Frankie is missing a piece of her life, her mother. Frankie decides to secretly sign her father up for an online dating website. There are so many contenders but none of them are the perfect missing puzzle piece in Frankie’s life. Frankie’s life is getting crazier and crazier. Her best friend is not talking to her, there is supposedly some ghost haunting her B&B, and her family is keeping secrets from her. I definitely recommend  this book. It is a 6 out of 5!

~ Teagan, age 11


Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Morse Pond Review: Annie’s Life in Lists

9781524765095Annie’s Life in Lists

Kristin Mahoney

Random House


Available in May 2018


Oh my goodness! I don’t know where to start.  This amazing book is a cross between Judy Blume and Roald Dahl. It’s genius! Annie’s Life in Lists is the best book I have ever read and that’s saying a lot!! I read all day, every day. I love how most of this book is lists. When I first heard of this book, I thought It would be hard to follow, but it’s really not. It’s as clear as any book written in normal text. Everyone should definitely read this book!

~ Adele, grade 6


Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Morse Pond Review: G.I Dogs Prisoners of War

9781338185232G.I Dogs Prisoners of War

Laurie Calkhoven


$ 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

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Morse Pond Review: The White Tower

9781338157444The White Tower

Cathryn Constable

Available now



Livy is a girl with her head literally in the clouds, due to a major event that changed her personality and outlook on the world. This book is an amazing story of a girl with special blood that gives her a strange sensation. Filled with mystery and surprise, I highly recommend The White Tower! 5/5 stars!


Anna, grade 6


Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Morse Pond Review: Olga We’re Outta Here

Olga: We're Out of Here!Olga We’re Outta Here

Elise Gravel

March 2018

Harper Collins


This is an exciting and amazing sequel to Olga And The Smelly Thing. This mix of a graphic novel and fiction story has surprises and jokes on every page. At the end, a cute and surprising surprise surprises every reader. I rate this 5 out of 5.


Gideon, Age 11, Grade 6


Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Morse Pond Review: The Perfect Score

9781101938256The Perfect Score

Rob Buyea

Delacorte Press


Available October 2017


Randi, Gavin, Scott and Natalie are all very different people. They all join the same club to help the community. All the teachers at the school go test crazy when a state wide test comes up. One of them has an idea for all of them to ace the test. I would rate The Perfect Score 5 out of 5 stars. You will want to read it all night. Everyone will love it!


Christian, grade 6


Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Morse Pond Review: Lights, Camera, Disaster


9781338134087Lights, Camera, Disaster

Erin M. Dionne

Arthur A. Levine Books


Available March 27, 2018

Lights, Camera, Disaster is about a girl named Hester Greene who has severe ADHD and anxiety. Hess loves making movies. When she has her camera in-hand she can make decisions, and be organized. But with her disorders, doing things that other students would find easy, come extremely hard to her.

Hess has to save her language arts grade or else she won’t be able to pass the eighth grade. If she can’t bring up her grade, she will not be able to move up to high school.

Coming from a kid that has ADHD and Severe Anxiety, Hester Greene is one of the most relatable book characters ever created. I give Lights Camera Disaster a five-star-review. This book is a must-read for anyone who is struggling with conditions like Hess.

~ Merritt, 6th grade

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Morse Pond Review: Olga We’re Out of Here!

Olga: We're Out of Here!Olga We’re out of Here!

Elise Gravel



Available March, 2018


Olga we’re out of Here is an awesome work of comedy and fiction in a hilarious form. It’s a great sequel to the first, and I would recommend it. Olga is a girl who found this little creature Meh in a trash can and decided that she wanted to keep it. Olga doesn’t like most humans, and decides she wants to move to wherever Meh is from. But when Meh gets sick, everything changes…

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars, because it was definitely a good read if you’re looking for a quick and hilarious read.


Jack, age 11

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,