Tag Archives: middle school

Morse Pond Review: Chester and Gus

chester-and-gusChester and Gus

Cammie McGovern

HarperCollins Publisher

April 2017

 

Chester and Gus is about a chocolate lab named Chester who fails his test to become a service dog. So Chester has to just be a regular dog and go to this family that has a 10 year old shy, autistic boy named Gus. Chester is trying to figure out how he can help Gus, but Gus isn’t like the boys Chester has met. Gus doesn’t pet, pickup, or even really acknowledge that Chester is there. Chester isn’t really sure how to help Gus yet but he’s determined to find out how. Chester wants to show that he is the right dog for Gus. Chester and Gus is a great book I loved it. I would give Chester and Gus a 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this book.

~Teagan, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

unbeatable-squirrel-girlThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Marvel Publications

Available February 2017

 

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is an awesome book about a 14 year old girl named Doreen Green. She was born with a big squirrel tail and squirrel super powers. She just moved to New Jersey from California. At her new school she isn’t exactly popular and she has trouble making friends. Then one day she stops a group of sneaky, destructive teenagers and suddenly squirrel girl seems to be the new super-hero of her town. Can she handle all the pressure from being a teenager and her town’s superhero, or will she crack?  Read The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl to find out.

~ Teagan, age 10

 

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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 Castle in the Mist

castle-in-the-mist The Castle in the Mist

Amy Ephron

Philomel Books

$16.99

Available February 2017

 

The Castle in the Mist is a wonderful book. In the book, Tess and her brother Max are staying at their Aunt Evie’s house over the summer. Then one day, Tess finds a magical gate with invisible walls around it. She hopes she will finally have a chance of adventure. She meets a boy named William and they become best friends. When she meets him, he tells her to beware of the hawthorn trees which totally freaks her out. Then, magical things begin to happen. This is an amazing book, and I highly suggest it.

~Kylie,age 10, 5th grade

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Morse Pond Review: Kyle Finds Her Way

9780545852661Kyle Finds Her Way

Susie Salom

Arthur A. Levine Books

$16.99

Available now

 

Kyle Finds Her Way is a great book. I would give this book four stars. Susie Salom  gives lots of detail.  Kyle is a great character because she sticks up for her friends. I liked the part when Kyle has to join the school NAVS team ( a problem-solving competitive group that competes)  and has to make it work. I couldn’t put the book down.  This is a book for people who like realistic fiction.  I encourage people who like those books to read it.

~Emma, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: Dog Man

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Dav Pilkey

Scholastic

$9.99

Available now

 

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 Review: Fuzzy

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Tom Angleberger & Paul Dellinger

Amulet Books

$14.95

Available Now

Fuzzy is definitely in my top 10. Lots of amazing word choices are used in this book. It has an interesting conflict that will make you want to know what’s going to happen next, set in a middle school. So, this book is easy to relate to, except that the main character is a robot! I haven’t read much of these authors’ books at all, but just by reading this book I can already tell they are talented. Word should be spread around so this book gets read by many more people. It’s sure to be a favorite!
~ Madison, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Swing Sideways

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Nanci Turner Steveson

HarperCollins

$16.99

Available now

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: Moo

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Sharon Creech

HarperCollins

$16.99

Available August 30, 2016

That stubborn Zora! Reena and Luke are the new kids on the block when they must take care of creepy Mrs. Falala’s (Fuh-LAH-lah) cow, Zora. Teaching a belted galloway (like Zora) to become a show cow takes a lot of hard work, and the whole-hearted Maine boy Zep is happy to help out. Between Luke teaching how to draw, and Reena making a new friend, this book shows you that new experiences are an amazing opportunity to change your life, you just have to have the courage to try.

You will NOT be able to put this book down as soon as you read the first sentence.

~ Ava, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

 

Roll of ThunderRoll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Mildred D. Taylor

Dial Books

40th Anniversary Edition $18.99

paperback edition $7.99

The Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry series by Mildred D. Taylor is about a young black girl named Cassie who is living in the 1960s when black people are not treated equally. She witnesses many horrible events and must live with them lingering in her mind. Cassie has three brother and lives with her parents and her grandmother. As she grows older she must be more and more careful about where she goes and who she talks to. This is a heart-breaking and heart-warming story of tragedy, and friendships. This Newbery Medal award winning book is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. If you ever need a book to make you teary-eyed or if you are bored on a rainy day find this book and you won’t be able to put it down.

~ Alanna H., grade 5

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