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Morse Pond Review: Olga We’re Outta Here

Olga: We're Out of Here!Olga We’re Outta Here

Elise Gravel

March 2018

Harper Collins

 $12.99

This is an exciting and amazing sequel to Olga And The Smelly Thing. This mix of a graphic novel and fiction story has surprises and jokes on every page. At the end, a cute and surprising surprise surprises every reader. I rate this 5 out of 5.

 

Gideon, Age 11, Grade 6

 

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Morse Pond Review: Olga We’re Out of Here!

Olga: We're Out of Here!Olga We’re out of Here!

Elise Gravel

HarperCollins

$12.99

Available March, 2018

 

Olga we’re out of Here is an awesome work of comedy and fiction in a hilarious form. It’s a great sequel to the first, and I would recommend it. Olga is a girl who found this little creature Meh in a trash can and decided that she wanted to keep it. Olga doesn’t like most humans, and decides she wants to move to wherever Meh is from. But when Meh gets sick, everything changes…

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars, because it was definitely a good read if you’re looking for a quick and hilarious read.

 

Jack, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: CatStronauts

 

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Drew Brockington

7.99

April 2017

Little, Brown

 

CatStonautsRacetoMarsCatStronauts is an amazingly, funny graphic novel series about four brave cats going on a mission. These kittens will bring you to the moon and back. It is a must read for any cat or graphic novel lover. Once you start reading you can’t put it down, and I am definitely hoping for a third book.

~Gideon, grade 5

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Staff Review: The Forgetting

 

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Sharon Cameron

Scholastic

$18.99

Available September 13, 2016

Every twelve years, the city of Canaan falls into the Forgetting, a day where everyone’s memories vanish. The only way to remember events from before the Forgetting or even clues to who you are as an individual is by keeping detailed entries in your personal book. Your book is your identity, but the truth can easily be twisted or misrepresented and no one truly knows exactly what has happened. Except for Nadia. She has never forgotten. She remembers exactly what has happened. She knows who’s telling the truth and who isn’t. Nadia’s memories allow her to investigate how the city of Canaan came to be. Because she remembers her past, she is less afraid than her neighbors and ventures over the stone wall that is supposedly protecting the city. When Gray catches her coming back over the wall, he threatens to expose her secrets unless she helps him. With the next Forgetting approaching, Nadia and Gray must figure out what is destroying Canaan. Or this time everyone will forget what the truth really is.

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Morse Pond Review — Bending Over Backwards

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Cari Simmons and Heather Alexander

HarperCollins

$6.99

Available now

Bending Over Backwards by Cari Simmons and Heather Alexander was a great book. If you enjoy gymnastics or cheerleading then you’d love this book. I do gymnastics, so it was easy for me to understand to follow the story. If you don’t, you may not understand some of the terms. Overall I would read this book at least 5 more times. I’ve come to the conclusion that this book is probably meant for girls. Boys may enjoy this book, but I don’t think they’d receive the same message. I’d give this book 5 stars out of 5 stars.
~ Sarah S.,12

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Morse Pond Review: Balance Keepers The Fires of Calderon

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Lindsay Cummings

Katherine Tegen Books

$16.99

Available now

I love this book and hope that the author makes another one like it because it was great. My favorite part was when Aldert dove into the water, and his stone was not the same as everyone else’s stone. They were trying to find out why his stone was different than everyone else’s stone. I hope there are many more books like this to come!

~ Mitchel, age 10

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Morse Pond Review: A Whole New Ball Game

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Belle Payton

Simon Spotlight

$5.99

Available now

A Whole New Ball Game is the first book in the new series It Takes Two by Belle Payton. Twins Alex and Ava Sackett have just moved to sweltering hot Texas. The twins have been through thick and thin but when they start going down different roads they realize that they might split up in the new town. Will they start of in the town as a team or individuals? Find out in the new book by Belle Payton. I like that they tell the story from both Ava and Alex’s point of view.

Emma, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Charmed Life

9780545603720Charmed Life #1: Caitlin’s Lucky Charm

Lisa Schroder

Scholastic

$5.99

Available now

Caitlin’s Lucky Charm was a very good. I would definitely recommend it to a girl. I don’t think boys would enjoy it as much as a girl would because all the main characters are girls.

In this book, there is a magic bracelet. I think the author making the bracelet magic definitely made the bracelet more interesting. The characters are very realistic. I also love the fact that the girls decided to share the bracelet and write letters back and forth formally and not using electronics. I think girls would be able to relate to this book more than a boy would.

I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars. It was an amazing book!

Sarah, age 11

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Morse Pond Review: Terror of the Southlands

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The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: The Terror of the Southlands

Caroline Carlson, Dave Philips

HarperCollins

$16.99

Available now

Hilary Westfield is the Terror of the Southlands. She’s had some great adventures! However, the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates doesn’t think she’s been acting very piratical. To keep her status of Terror of the Southlands, she has to go on a very fearsome quest. Everything goes wrong when the enchantress gets kidnapped. Should Hilary  go on her fearsome quest to keep her title of the Terror or should she attempt to save the enchantress? This thrilling sequel is full of action, adventures, and suspense. All in all, it is a great read.

~ Ryan, age 11

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Staff Review: Dog On It

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Dog On It

Atria Books

$16.00

Available now

What is more delightful than a dog? A missing-persons mystery narrated by a detective’s dog! This book is the perfect combination of well-crafted mystery and witty narration. Spencer Quinn is a master not only of pacing, but also of voice and characterization. He spins a detective tail (yes, that is a pun) that I challenge any reader to try to put down.

When fifteen-year-old Madison is kidnapped, her frantic mother calls up Bernie Little who, along with his faithful flunked-out police dog Chet, works as a private detective. The duo travel around their southwestern town, grappling with a dearth of clues, the wake of an unpleasant divorce, unhelpful clients, and Bernie’s refreshingly environmentalistic views on water and land use in the desert. In the course of their search, the two become missing persons themselves on multiple occasions, with action sequences sprinkled in at just the right moments.

The truly brilliant part of the story is that Chet occasionally witnesses key events and clues that Bernie does not . . . but he’s a dog, and most scientists would agree that dogs cannot talk, and therefore cannot communicate what he knows to Bernie. What this means for the reader is that a beautiful thread of dramatic irony has been woven throughout the story, with Chet, and therefore readers, straining to tell Bernie everything we know, and sitting helplessly as Bernie follows up red herrings instead.

All of the characters in this book are brilliantly written, even those who appear and disappear in the span of three pages. Of course, in this mystery, not everybody is as they seem, and they are seldom telling the truth.

Chet in particular is a truly lovable character. Quinn writes from the perspective of a dog better than even my own dog could (provided he could write). Anybody who reads this book will immediately begin to wonder just what exactly is going on between their own dog’s floppy ears. Chet thinks exactly like somebody would expect a perspicacious canine to think, and speaks with a voice that keeps the reader perpetually engaged.

The only thing better about this book than the characters is the plot, which weaves and worms its way on a path that is never once boring or formulaic. Quinn gives away just enough for an especially sharp reader to be able to figure out the mystery just one or two steps ahead of Bernie. It isn’t too hard, but definitely is not simplistic.

Any adult or teen who likes mysteries and dogs should definitely stop by eight cousins and pick up a copy. This is probably the best doggone book I’ve read in a long time!

~Ben

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