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Morse Pond Review: When You Trap a Tiger

whenyoutrapatigerWhen You Trap A Tiger

Tae Keller


Available January 28, 2020

This book is amazing! When the book began talking about her grandmother stealing stories, I thought it was going to be one of those books that I might not enjoy, but then it hit the “WOW” factor. In my opinion, the best part of this book was when the washer fell onto the floor when Lily, the main character, was spying on someone at the grocery store. Yet, of all the parts of the story, when I found out about what happened to Lily’s dad really pulled at my heartstrings. I don’t know why, but something tells me that I will like more books by this author. Please make a sequel to this book!

~Charlotte, grade 6  

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Morse Pond Review: Nikki on the Line

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Nikki on the Line

Barbara Carroll Roberts

Available now!


Nikki on the Line is about a girl named Nikki who loves basketball. She just made an elite basketball team. She has to babysit her brother to have enough money to pay for the team. Her best friend Aria is starting to drift away, and it’s especially hard when one of your teammate’s dad calls you a black hole on the basketball court.

THIS BOOK IS NOW MY ALL TIME FAVORITE!!!!! I feel like it was amazingly written. But honestly, the ending could’ve been a little bit different. I think the author could write another book as a sequel to continue Nikki teaching Sam how to play, and the
Action winning Nationals. I give this book a 100/5!! What book is the next big thing? This one ALL THE WAY!!

~Aimee, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: Caterpillar Summer

caterpillarsummerCaterpillar Summer

Gillian McDunn

Available now!

$17.99 U.S./ $23.99 CAN.

This book is about a girl named Caterpillar and her brother with special needs named Chicken. They have a summer that no one will ever forget when they get to meet new family. My favorite part of the book is when Cat (Caterpillar) wins second place in a fishing contest. I like this book because you never know what will happen next. There are so many twist and turns. I give this book 5 stars.

~Kennedy, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: Escape This Book

9780525644200Escape This Book! The Titanic

Bill Doyle

Available March 2019

Random House


Find yourself on an adventure as a third class passenger or a hard working crew member or even take on the dangerous task of a stow away hoping to get to America on the unsinkable ship, the Titanic! As a passenger you have a 25% chance of surviving the iceberg that will rip into the Titanic at 11:40 and sink two and a half hours later. As a stowaway you not only have to try not to be found by the crew members or the captain but also have to not be seen by any passengers and get off the ship onto a lifeboat, also without being seen! Crew members have less than 25 percent chance of surviving. But if you choose the path of a crew member you can get paid for helping the family that you are assigned. This book is great if you like choose your own adventure books, but also like to have an activity once and awhile. This book is also great if you don’t like to read that much, but you still like a good story line.

~ Ezra, 5th grade

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Morse Pond Review: A Bandit’s Tale

Bandit's TaleA Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

Deborah Hopkinson

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers


Available April 2016

A Bandit’s Tale is a great book that opens a window to what it was like to live in the 1800’s. Rocco Zaccaro is an Italian immigrant who thinks that it is normal to be begging for pennies that are supposedly going to his family back in Italy. Then, he meets The Prince of Bandit’s Roost, who turns his life into one of riches, running, and sausages. If you like history and adventure, this is the book for you!

~ Ned, 5th grade

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Customer Review:

Saving Mr  TeruptSaving Mr. Terupt

Rob Buyea

Delacorte Books for Young Readers


Available July 14, 2015

Saving Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea is the third book in a series I really love. This book shared another school year full of experiences of Buyea’s characters/Mr. Terupt’s students.

Mr. Terupt’s fifth grade students: Peter, Anna, Jeffrey, Alexia, Danielle, Luke and Jessica, make posters, raise money, and try to save their favorite teacher’s job as their town suffers unexpected budget cuts. Which teachers should keep their jobs?  Which teachers should go? Is there a way to do it fairly?

I enjoy how the author breaks apart the story so that each character has their own opportunity to speak and share how they feel about a specific setting, event, or what’s going on at home.  This is definitely a book I would recommend to people who like determination, adventure, and friendship changes.

~ Madeline, age 10

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Staff Review: Smartest Kids in the World

SmartestKidsintheWorldThe Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way

Amanda Ripley

Simon & Schuster


Available now

Can you imagine a teacher earning 4 million dollars? Can you imagine allowing your son or daughter to buy a pillow made for sleeping in class? How would you react to your son or daughter failing a class? As a teacher, how would you feel failing a student? How do you feel about the ones you have, intentionally or unintentionally, let fall behind? How do you adapt your teaching style so that every child succeeds and wants to succeed?

Amanda Ripley’s book made me ask myself those questions and a plethora of others.

Teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world. Students need good teachers and we, as adults, need to make sure children learn from the best every day.

In this book, Amanda Ripley highlights the adventures of Kim, Eric, and Tom, three American teenagers, as they spend academic years abroad in Finland, South Korea, and Poland respectively. Through their stories, Ripley highlights the pros and the cons of the educational systems in those “smarter countries,” while comparing them with the pros and cons of our own system. She makes this comparison in a compelling way, so compelling to me that I, in turn, am challenging you to read her book and to make changes yourself.

If you care about the future of our nation’s children, read this book! ~ Rebecca

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Customer Review: The Red Queen

RedQueenThe Red Queen

Victoria Aveyard



Available now

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is by far one of the best young-adult novels I have ever read.  With an interesting protagonist, a unique setting, and a wild plot twist leaving you wanting more.  The book surrounds a girl named Mare who lives in a world where the blood in your veins determines the life you live.  Mare discovers that she is different and is a powerful weapon to some.  Her life as she knows it will never be the same

~ Emily

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Morse Pond Review: Listen, Slowly

9780062229182Listen, Slowly

Thanhha Lai



Available January 2015

Listen, Slowly by award winning author Thanhha Lai is the story of a 12 year old Mia who is growing up in Laguna, California and looking forward to her summer at the beach with her friends. However, her parents inform her that she will be traveling with her grandmother to Vietnam to learn more about her family’s culture and find out what happened to her grandfather who went missing during the Vietnam War. Mia is very upset about this arrangement. Yet, during the course of the novel, Mia (Mai in Vietnam) learns a great deal about the Vietnamese culture as well as about her family, herself and life in general. I could not put this book down! The author’s voice made the characters both believable and intriguing. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a wonderful story, especially if you liked Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai. Her books are enthralling. This is one of my new favorite books!

Mrs. Abbott, Library Media Teacher

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Morse Pond Review: The Story Thieves

9781481409193The Story Thieves

James Riley

Simon & Schuster


Available January 2015

I really liked this book. I would recommend this book to both boy and girls. The Story Thieves is about this boy named Owen who has always wanted to star in his own books. Owen hates the real world’s chores and homework. When he sees his classmate Bethany climbing out of a book in the library, he discovered that Bethany is half fictional and is looking for her fictional father who is lost in a book. Owen makes a deal. He will not say a word if Bethany takes him into his favorite series, the Kiel Gnomefoot series. It might help Bethany find her father or ruin the series. The Story Thieves is a fantasy book and a very good one. I could not put it down after the first page. I hope that you like this book. Happy reading!

~ Sophia, age 10

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