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Morse Pond Review: Elvis and the Underdogs


Elvis and the Underdogs: Secrets, Secret Service and Room Service

Jenny Lee

Balzer + Bray


Available now

Elvis and the Underdogs: Secrets, Secret Service and Room Service is a very good book. It had a lot of excitement and action. You can really feel how Benji, the main character is feeling. Benji’s service dog, Elvis is taken away by secret services because he was supposed to be the president’s dog. Elvis is a bossy, 100-pound, know it all who can talk. One day Benji is watching a video of Elvis and he is thumping his tail and Benji realizes it is a secret code and Elvis needs help. Benji has an adventure with his friends, Alexander and Taisy to Washington D.C. to save Elvis. I loved this book and I think you should read it.

~ Sophia, 6th grade

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Morse Pond Review — El Deafo

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Cece Bell



Available now

The story El Deafo by Cece Bell is very interesting. As I learned, surprisingly, this book is actually based on Cece Bell’s childhood. This funny novel is a deaf girl’s adventure through school and her life in general. When I started reading this I had to almost lock the book away to stop reading. If you are looking for a book that is funny, lighthearted, and fast paced, this book is for you.
~ Ryan, Grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Clueless McGee Gets Famous

9780399257513_3a72aClueless McGee Gets Famous

Written and illustrated by Jeff Mack

Philomel Books


Available now

Clueless McGee Gets Famous by Jeff Mack is a quick-read, full of break-dancing and ninja moves. I loved it; it was a great book. PJ gets a ten-gallon hat, and he loves it. But then someone steals it! He gets another, and that gets stolen too. He has to get to the bottom of this! He starts seeing posters about Nasty Ned. This man seems like the perfect hat-stealer! If you love Diary Of A Wimpy Kid or Captain Underpants, this book is for you. All in all, I would give it 4.5 stars.

~ Ryan, 10

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Morse Pond Review: A Snicker of Magic

9780545552707A Snicker of Magic

Natalie Lloyd

Scholastic Press


Available February 2014

If you like magic and mystery you will like A Snicker of Magic. The main characters are Jonah and Felicity and they are ready to break a curse of the brothers Threadbare! Along the way Jonah and Felicity meet a girl named Florentine and she carries around jars that she has never even looked at and they have the curse on them! Felicity and her mom and sister are cursed to travel and not stay somewhere, but when they break the curse, they are free not to wander anymore. I thought this book was good because it leaves you in a mystery and you just don’t want to stop reading. This book will be out in February 2014!

~ Caroline, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

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Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge Publishing


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Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi is a great story about a boy named Jake. Jake is a prisoner in the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Jake is charged of manslaughter and sentenced for five years! The more read the more you learn about Jake and other characters in story. Jake is a great character, he is very mysterious even after reading the whole book. Leah Pileggi is a great author and I can’t wait to see more books from her. The only problem I have is the ending. It just seems to be rushed, but because of how good everything thing else this doesn’t make me hate the book. Prisoner 88 is a great book even after the ending. It is a great read.

~ Matthew, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab

9781594746482Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab

Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hickensmith

Quirk Books


Available November 2013

Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab by Tom Pflugfelder is about two kids named Nick and Tesla.They go to live with their uncle for the summer. Their uncle is a crazy scientist. They are going to solve a mystery. This book also has built-it yourself gadgets. This is an amazing book for soon to be scientists and anyone who likes a good mystery.

~ Adam , age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Clueless McGee Gets Famous


Clueless McGee Gets Famous

Jeff Mack

Philomel Books


Available January 2014

Clueless McGee Gets Famous by Jeff Mack is a ridiculous book. If you like comedy mixed with a little mystery, this is the book for you. Clueless can’t find his hat! The one that was autographed by famous singer Junior McFiddle! All this leads up to lots of action and comedy. If you liked Big Nate and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you will love this book.

~ Cole, 10

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Morse Pond Review: Rooftoppers


Katherine Rundell and illustrated by Terry Fan

Simon & Schuster


Available now


This heartwarming story is about a girl who lost her mom on a sinking ship when she was one. Sophie was found in a cello case floating in the English Channel. Ever since Charles — a loving scholar and fellow passenger — rescued her, Sophie has wanted more than anything to find her mom. When the orphanage threatens to take Sophie away, she and Charles flee to Paris. This book has a lot to connect to, such as Sophie plays the cello, she loves to read, and she loves to climb.

~ Ava, age 11

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