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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

9781580895606Prisoner 88

Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge Publishing

$16.95

Available now

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: Prisoner 88

9781580895606Prisoner 88

Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge Publishing

$16.95

Available now

Prisoner 88, a great book by Leah Pileggi, is filled with heart and always has you thinking. The main character, Jake, a ten year old boy, wound up in prison by protecting his Pa. Going to prison when he was ten was not the easiest. It wasn’t because he was leaving his Pa, it was because the other prisoners did not treat him right. It took a little while for Jake to settle in. He was a bit unsure of things. He worked with the hogs and, because he was so young, the prison provided him with school. Throughout his few years at the prison he learned things he probably never would have otherwise. For Jake coming from where he had come from, prison gave him good things and bad. This book is well-told and is a great historical fiction book.

~Liadan, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

9781580895606Prisoner 88

Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge Publishing

$16.95

Available now

Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi is a great book about a brave boy named Jake. He’s been through a lot for his age, winding up in prison by protecting his Pa. In prison not everyone likes a young boy like Jake around. He makes some friends and some enemies. This book has a surprising end and keeps you thinking what will happen next.

~ Ella, age 11

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Morse Pond Book Club

Book ClubIn a previous post, I mentioned that the Morse Pond Book Clubs were up and running again. Eight Cousins is delighted (I need another word that conveys total jubilation) to be partnering with the clubs again this year. For the past few weeks, I (Sara) have been running around like a mad squirrel trying to gather as many middle-grade ARCs as possible. You know how people are about boxes when they’re moving? That was me at a recent publishing exhibition. “You have middle-grade ARCs at this booth? I’ll take 20.”* Eight CousinsPublishers have obliged my rampant foraging and have even sent boxes of fantastic ARCs for the two clubs (thank you!)

So what about the kids? Well every time I drop off a new set, I hear more and more fantastic stories from Mrs. Abbott. One kid didn’t bring his book back because he read it so fast that his father had to borrow it to see what all the fuss was about. The hilarious part is that he only ‘confessed’ this fact later. The librarian and the bookseller are still trying to decide why he thought he might get in trouble for loaning out a book! Another kid is new at the school this year. Since the kids sometimes read the same book, the club is giving him something to talk about with his classmates. Mrs. Abbott put together an amazing presentation to explain the program to parents and other teachers. Her slides and photos are included here. I’m so jealous of everything she does with the groups when I’m not around, but fortunately the kids do occasionally come into the store and want even more books. 1) Thanks so much for introducing yourselves! 2) Seriously?!? I just dropped off like 30 ARCs at your school! It’s amazing to see first hand that you really do love reading that much. For the record, we do, too. Mrs. Abbott and I try to maintain a certain level of professionalism, but when two book lovers get together the conversations quickly become something like, well like two book lovers talking about books: Have you read Mr. Lemoncello’s Library yet?!? OMG!** Yes! I loved it! But Wonder is really taking hold here! Everyone in the school is really excited about it! You have to read Rooftoppers, it’s my new favorite book! Did you see how excited the kids got about Prisoner 88?!? I know! I totally want to read it now!

Reviewing

Some of the reviews have been posted here already and a flood more just arrived, so look for those over the next couple of weeks.The next time I meet with the kids, we’ll talk more about the reviewing process. My ideal is that throughout the year we can arrange for some special guests — like editors, publicists, designers, and umm, maybe some authors and illustrators — to talk to the two clubs. Anyone interested!?! Not yet? Well look at the photos below and then decide : )

Trying to decide . . .

Trying to decide . . .

Selecting ARCs

Selecting ARCs

Reading at its finest!

Reading at its finest!

Small group reading!

Small group reading!

Reviewers in training.

Reviewers in training.

* I swear I never took more than 2 of each.

** Neither Mrs. Abbott nor Sara actually uttered, “OMG!”, but they might as well have.

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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

9781580895606

Prisoner 88

Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge

$16.95

Available now

Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi is a book for kids who likes stunning events surrounded by some yelling and bossing around. It is about a boy who shoots somebody and gets caught. Then, he is sent to jail for a few years. He has to deal with old men getting in fights with him and getting bossed around a lot. He gets assigned a job from the Warden to get the pigs to grow to be nice and healthy for the lunch room everyday. Every week he gets asked how the pigs were doing. He has to say ‘’good’’ or ‘’bad.’’ If he says bad, he does not get paid and someone else get assigned the job. After a year or so he gets the routine down, wakes up feeds the pigs, and has a bacon and salad lunch. Soon, it is his last year. So he gets his hopes so high he could explode, but unfortunately the warden keeps him there. If you like books with hard, rough, violent, suspenseful moments, then this is the book for you. So, if you like it come out and get one!

~ Conner, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

9781580895606Prisoner 88

Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge Publishing

$16.95

Available now

This book was fantastic. It’s about a ten year old boy named Jake. He shot a man named Mr. Bennett. He was sent to a prison named Idaho Penitentiary. He was there for 5 years. The author was Leah Pileggi. I would recommend this book to people who love action. I’m ten years old, too. I had a connection with Jake.

~ Cameron, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

9781580895606Prisoner 88

Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge Publishing

$16.96

Available now

This book is great. It is about a young boy named Jake. He shot a man named Mr. Bennet. He was sent to a prison named Idaho Penitentiary. He has some friends named Mr. Nance, Mr. Shin, the warden and others. He makes his way through the prison getting used to it. He was there for five years and gets very good food. This is a story I’m sure everyone will love. So if you like action and suspense, this is the book for you. The author, Leah Pileggi, is a fantastic writer.

~ Monroe, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: Prisoner 88

9781580895606Prisoner 88

Leah Pileggi

Charlesbridge Publishing

$16.95

Available now

I loved the book Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi. I loved how much action was in the book. Right when I thought I knew what was going to happen next, the story took an unsuspecting turn. James Oliver Evans, the main character, is thrown in jail with hardened criminals at age the of ten. He is convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in the Idaho Territorial Penitentiary. He finds a home in a place that most people want to get out of. I would recommend this book to people who love books with action in them and a little mystery.

~ Cole, age 11

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