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Morse Pond Review: Weir Do

9781338305586Weir Do  

Anh Do

Available January 29, 2019

Scholastic Inc.

$5.99

 

Weir Do is a really funny book with a lot of potential. Weir Do (his real name!) is a kid who is going into a new school. He already knows he’s going to get laughed at. It happens every year. Once he gets out of school he has to go home to his weird family. He goes back to school the next day and then this kid named Henry walks in and looks weirder than weird. Weir and Henry become friends and the rest of the year will be great for Weir. If you like funny books, this is the book for you. I think it has potential to be the Next Big Thing!

~ Connor, 5th grade

 

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Morse Pond Review: A Good Kind of Trouble

9780062836687A Good Kind of Trouble

Lisa Moore Ramee

Available March 12, 2019

HarperCollins

$16.99

A Good Kind of Trouble is an enchanting middle school novel, mixing classic drama and friendships with racism and protesting. Shayla, a seventh grader has an older sister who is part of Black Lives Matter. In the beginning of the story, all of her friendships are intact and everything is going well. (As good as junior high can get). But as the story progresses, Shayla finds herself in between a choice: her loyal friends or a boy. She cannot decide, leading to a unwanted case of cyber-bullying and one friend joining the “cool kids.” After she makes up with one of her friends, she starts a Black Lives Matter campaign at her school. She hands out black armbands, but it doesn’t end according to plan. She is taken off the track team and her parents are summoned to the office. Her parents no problem with Shayla protesting and they publicly question the principal. Shalya is allowed back on the track team, wins a meet, and makes up with both of her friends. I highly recommend this book once it is available to the public!

~ Faye, grade 5

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Morse Pond Review: Suee and the Shadow

9781419725647Suee and the Shadow

Ginger Ly and illustrated by Molly Park

Amulet Books

$12.99

Available now

 

When Suee Lee goes to a dull new school, something strange starts to happen. When her own shadow comes to life she knows something’s up. Will her shadow take over? What is a zero? You will have to find out in Suee and the Shadow. I would give this book a 5/5 stars. I love the new things that she finds out and could not put the book down. I would read until midnight! I liked how her shadow can only take bullied kids and turn them into a zero.

~ Avery, age 10

 

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Morse Pond Review: The Perfect Score

9781101938256The Perfect Score

Rob Buyea

Delacorte Press

$16.99

Available October 2017

 

Randi, Gavin, Scott and Natalie are all very different people. They all join the same club to help the community. All the teachers at the school go test crazy when a state wide test comes up. One of them has an idea for all of them to ace the test. I would rate The Perfect Score 5 out of 5 stars. You will want to read it all night. Everyone will love it!

 

Christian, grade 6

$16.99

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Morse Pond Review: Lights, Camera, Disaster

 

9781338134087Lights, Camera, Disaster

Erin M. Dionne

Arthur A. Levine Books

$16.99

Available March 27, 2018

Lights, Camera, Disaster is about a girl named Hester Greene who has severe ADHD and anxiety. Hess loves making movies. When she has her camera in-hand she can make decisions, and be organized. But with her disorders, doing things that other students would find easy, come extremely hard to her.

Hess has to save her language arts grade or else she won’t be able to pass the eighth grade. If she can’t bring up her grade, she will not be able to move up to high school.

Coming from a kid that has ADHD and Severe Anxiety, Hester Greene is one of the most relatable book characters ever created. I give Lights Camera Disaster a five-star-review. This book is a must-read for anyone who is struggling with conditions like Hess.

~ Merritt, 6th grade

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Morse Pond Review: Class Dismissed

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Allan Woodrow

Scholastic Press

$15.99

Available now
Class Dismissed is a book about a class of kids whose teacher quits, but they do not tell anyone.  The children find that class is hard with no teacher, but they learn more about things that they would ever learn in school normally. It starts off by telling you about how mean Ms. Bryce, their teacher, is. They begin an experiment and Ms Bryce’s shoes become completely soaked in vinegar, which leads to her quitting right after. She called the principal right before she quit. One of the kids in the class got sent to the principal’s office right before this happened, and he heard the recording in the office when the principal was  doing something else. He went right back to the classroom after that. When he got back no one knew what to do, so one group of kids decided to goof off. After two days of total chaos, one kid decides to take over. Crazy things happen, and eventually they must write their own play… from scratch.

This is a very good book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes twists in a story.

~ Ben W., age 11

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Staff Review: The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher

FC9780385376525The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher

Dana Alison Levy

Random House

$15.99

Available July 22, 2014

It has to be said: think Penderwicks, with four brothers instead of sisters. But these brothers have two dads, so they’re all adopted. More importantly, each brother is a distinct character, and they’re all fiercely loyal to one another when they’re not biffing each another verbally in typically playful male competition. Sam, the 12-year-old, is anxious to be a good role model even as he risks peer ridicule for participating in the school musical. Jax is the athletic 10-year-old, always competing with Sam even as he seeks his older brother’s approval. Eli is also 10, deeply studious, but worried that his insistence on attending an expensive, demanding private school may be the wrong choice after all. Frog is six, funny, and eager to keep up with all the others. The two dads are less distinguishable, but highly functional as parents, laying out and maintaining “Fletcher Family Rules” of honor, fair play, and safety. The story follows the time honored setting of a school year, and the characters are strong enough that their daily adventures and concerns fit together as tightly and unexpectedly as a Chinese puzzle, albeit one held together with mud and sweaty socks. Within all this, the fact of same sex parents and racially varied children is simply part of the fabric, as natural – and special – as waffles and strawberries for breakfast. Among the many, many middle grade books that come out each year, it’s still a thrill to find one so well done that we know at once we can recommend it wholeheartedly for at least a generation to come.

~ Carol

 

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Morse Pond Review: The Ability

9781442452008

The Ability

M. M Vaughan

Margaret K. McElderry Books

9781442452008

$15.99

available now

This was a great book, but I have to admit, it was not one of my favorites. It was a little confusing in the beginning, and only later in the book did I understand why the author included it. But overall, it was a great book. In the book a child by the name of Christopher Lane, who by the way, does not do well in school, gets accepted into a esteemed academy, everybody is shocked. But at this academy it is not smarts they look for, it is Ability, which is the power to enter people’s minds. Now Chris, and the other five children accepted have to learn to use it, and save the world from twin brothers Ernest and Mortimer and their mother, who wants revenge. But can they do it? This is a great book, though sadly not one of my favorites, but I still would recommend it. Read it!

Celia, grade 6

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