Tag Archives: Morse Pond Reviews

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: 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: Kyle Finds Her Way

9780545852661Kyle Finds Her Way

Susie Salom

Arthur A. Levine Books


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



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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


Tom Angleberger & Paul Dellinger

Amulet Books


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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: Serafina and the Twisted Staff

serafinaSerafina and the Twisted Staff

Robert Beatty

Disney Hyperion


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This book is one of the best! It is the sequel to the book Serafina and the Black Cloak which I would also recommend. Both books are amazing fantasies for any book lover. Serafina and the Twisted Staff  includes many twists and turns that will keep readers turning the pages. It ends in a massive cliffhanger that will keep you wanting another book. I highly recommend this book for mystery and fantasy lovers.

~ Caroline, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: The Black Lotus

black-lotusThe Black Lotus: Shadow of the Ninja

Kieran Fanning

Chicken House


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The Black Lotus: Shadow of the Ninja is an amazing book! The characters Ghost,Cormac, and Kate are awesome. Each one has a unique power. This book made me want to stay up all night reading. In this book there is adventure around every corner. It has everything you could want in a book. For example, there are ninjas, samurai, time travel, super powers, and much more. It’s full of teamwork and friendship. I highly suggest it to all readers.

~ Kylie, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: The Nethergrim


The Nethergrim

Matthew Jobin

Philomel Books


Available April 2014

The Nethergrim, by Matthew Jobin, is an action-packed thriller that is full of excitement and wonder. If you love books filled with magic and fantasy, this book is definitely for you. Race through a world filled with both good and evil, but beware of the beasts that prowl in the darkness at night. Watch as Tom, Katherine, and Edmund find their way through the forest and to the Nethergrim’s lair. With their whole town’s lives hanging in the balance, will they ever be able to defeat something so powerful? Find out in The Nethergrim.

~ Isabel, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Magic Marks the Spot


The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1: Magic Marks the Spot

Caroline Carlson


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I loved the book Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson. If I could, I would stay up all night reading it. The book is about pirates, but if you like fiction, you will love this book too. When Hillary, the main character, finds out that she is going to Mrs. Pimm’s school for Delicate Ladies finishing school, she is ever more determined that she will become a pirate, not a High Society lady. When she finally becomes a pirate, she goes on a marvelous journey through the High Seas to find treasure. I would recommend this book to kids ages 8 – 12.

~ Ryan, 10

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Morse Pond Review: The Marvelous Land of Oz

9780486206929The Marvelous Land of OZ, by L. Frank Baum, is a great book if you are looking for fiction. It is a lot like the Wizard of OZ, but some of the characters are different and they have different adventures in OZ. The main characters from the Wizard of OZ are now the kings and queens of the various locations in OZ, but Dorothy has returned to Kansas. The main character is Tip, who is a happy and adventurous kid. There are good forces and evil forces. The characters are entertaining and there are things like saw horses, pumpkin heads, and witches. I recommend this book because I enjoyed the adventures of Tip and his friends.

~ Pearl, 6th grade

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