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Morse Pond Review: Hello, Universe

hello-universeHello, Universe

Erin Entrada Kelly

Greenwillow Books An imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

Available March 2017

You think you have it rough, say that to eleven year old Virgil Salinas. His brothers and parents are all jocks and always happy all the time. He’s just the opposite. He is very shy except around his grandmother, Gulliver (his pet guinea pig), and his friend Kaori. The only one who really understands him is Lola, his grandmother who lives with him. Then one day when while Gulliver is in Virgil’s backpack, it is thrown into a well in the woods by a bully named Chet. Now, Virgil has a decision to make. Will he be brave and go save Gulliver himself or will he go for help and leave Gulliver down there longer alone in the dark? This is one of the most amazingly interesting books I have ever read . It has  wonderful lessons that I think everyone should learn: You are never alone;  and everyone has an inner bayani (hero), you just have to find it.

~Teagan, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

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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: The Castle in the Mist

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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: Paper Things

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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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Morse Pond Review: Pegasus

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Kate O’Hearn

Aladdin

$7.99

Available now

 

The Pegasus series is an amazing series.  With outstanding drama, and crazy people, O’Hearn creates an image of an ordinary girl, with an extraordinary story.

With beautifully woven words, and artistic details, this book shines to all. Based on Roman mythology, every Percy Jackson fan is sure to bubble with excitement about this book!

With 5 books, there will be more than enough reading for everyone!

~ Kailei, age 11

 

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Morse Pond Review: A Dog Called Homeless

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Sarah Lean

Katherine Tegen Books

$6.99

Available now

This heartfelt book keeps the reader hooked! This book keeps getting better as you get deeper in this rollercoaster ride story. Cally Fisher is upset that her father does not like to talk about her deceased mother, especially since she died on his birthday.One day at school, Cally decides to do a silent day tor raise money for charity. Her former best friend was planning on doing it though!! This story has ups and downs between a friendship that develops with a completely silent Cally and a deaf and blind boy, as well as the adventures a stray dog taken care of by a homeless man take them on. The connection from the father to the daughter and the difficulties they face, generates a different feeling from tension of death, to a family that cannot be separated. I highly recommend this book for dog-lovers, and people who love stories with heart and meaning.

~ Ava, grade 6

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Morse Pond Review: Mother Daughter Book Camp

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Heather Vogel Frederick

Simon & Schuster

$16.99

Available now

 

I loved Mother Daughter Book Camp. I like how the girls share their book club with a younger group. They spend their last summer together at a camp teaching younger kids the lessons they learned during their years in book club. This book has lots of adventure and fun and you will never want it to end.

~ Sophia, age 11

 

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Morse Pond Review: Nothing But Trouble

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Betty Ren Wright

Scholastic

Out of print

This book was a spontaneous novel. The main character was bursting with spark, and all the other characters were extremely well-developed. The book was full of surprises and heart. The central idea was brilliantly hilarious. All in all, this book was one of the best I have ever read.

~ Sophia, age 11

 

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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: Between Shades of Gray

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Ruta Sepetys

Speak

$9.99

Available now
Between Shades of Gray is an amazing book. The reason I started reading it was because it was assigned in  school. I started reading it after school every day. I had an addiction. Ruta Sepetys’ skill shows throughout this book like a flashlight that never runs out of battery. Some parts made me cry, and some parts made me laugh out loud. Every single person in my book group buzzed about this book with me in and out of school. This book is at the top of my list for the best books I’ve ever read in my life.   

~ Grace, age 11

 

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