Tag Archives: middle grade

Morse Pond Review: G.I Dogs Prisoners of War

9781338185232G.I Dogs Prisoners of War

Laurie Calkhoven

Scholastic

$ 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

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Morse Pond Review: The White Tower

9781338157444The White Tower

Cathryn Constable

Available now

Scholastic

$16.99


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

 

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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

 $12.99

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

 

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Morse Pond Review: The Perfect Score

9781101938256The Perfect Score

Rob Buyea

Delacorte Press

$16.99

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

$16.99

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Morse Pond Review: Lights, Camera, Disaster

 

9781338134087Lights, Camera, Disaster

Erin M. Dionne

Arthur A. Levine Books

$16.99

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

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

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

Elise Gravel

HarperCollins

$12.99

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

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Morse Pond Review: Action Presidents #1

Action Presidents #1: George Washington!Action Presidents #1 George Washington

Fred Van Lente, illustrated by Ryan Dunlavey

 HarperCollins

$9.99

Available January 2018

 

The first of the series Action Presidents, George Washington was entertaining in many ways. Like the title implies, the book is full of action on every page. It tells a pretty full story of George Washington’s life. It was a quick-read graphic novel that I would rate 3.5 stars of 5. I think it is a pretty hard core history book.

 

Gideon, Age 11

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Customer Review: One Hundred Spaghetti Strings

onehundredspaghettistringsOne Hundred Spaghetti Strings

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

love-ishLove, Ish

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

9780763663230Paper Things

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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