House Arrest by K.A. Holt

House Arrest by K.A. Holt

May 24th, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews, Realistic Fiction Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

To read more Caudill 2018 reviews, click here. House Arrest is a realistic fiction told in verse. 12-year-old Timothy is desperate. His baby brother, Levi, is really sick. He has subglottic stenosis meaning that he has to have a trachea tube to help him breath. It gets germed up and clogged and could make him sick and often he chokes until his brother or mom…

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

May 14th, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews, Teen, Thriller Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

To read more of my 2018 Caudill reviews click here. May and Libby were best friends. They met on the playground entertaining the smaller kids with their chalk drawings and stories of their made-up superhero, Princess X, who lived in a haunted house with her katana sword and converse shoes. May tells the stories and Libby draws the pictures. The girls got together all the…

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

Apr 26th, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Read my other 2018 Caudill reviews. Hour of the Bees feels like a book in the magical realism genre with family folklore mixed in. This book addresses the angst that comes with teens experiencing cultural duality. All of the Hispanic kids at school change their Spanish names by shortening them into American ones and rely on buying the latest material possessions in style. Twelve-year-old Carolina…

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

Mar 18th, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

For more 2018 Caudill reviews, click here. The Seventh Most Important Thing is a realistic fiction book. Arthur Owens gets really upset when, recently after his father has died in a motorcycle accident, his mother throws out all of his father’s things to start fresh. Arthur doesn’t want to start over right away, he’s still remembering his dad. That’s when the local junk man, a guy…

Listen Slowly by Thannha Lai

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Mar 13th, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

To read more reviews of 2018 Caudills, click here. Listen Slowly is a realistic fiction book that takes place mostly in Vietnam. All Mai wants is to hang out on the beach in her California hometown with her best friend Montana, but Mai’s parents have other plans. Claiming to be too busy to do it themselves, they ask Mai to accompany her grandmother to Vietnam…

full cicada moon by marilyn hilton

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

Mar 6th, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

To read more 2018 Rebecca Caudill nominees click here. Full Cicada Moon is a historical fiction that takes place during 1969 where Mimi and her family move to predominantly white Vermont from Berkeley during her 7th grade year. Mimi is half Japanese and half African American. Her dad just got a job at the college in town, so they move across the country. Mimi is…

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

Mar 2nd, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

Orbiting Jupiter is a realistic fiction novel narrated by 12-year-old Jack about his family taking in a 14-year-old foster kid named Joseph, who just came from the Stone Mountain juvenile detention center. Everyone in the small town thinks Joseph is a hoodlum and they treat him very poorly, even the principal. Only Jack, his family, and a couple teachers (including Doug Swiatek’s brother who came…

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl (book review)

Feb 21st, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

For more 2018 Caudill book reviews click here. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson is a realistic fiction graphic novel for grades 4-8. Astrid and Nicole have always been best friends. Astrid’s mom likes taking them on ECE’s or Evenings of Cultural Enlightenment, which usually bore the living daylights out of both girls. But when they go to see a roller derby, Astrid is hooked and…

Beneath by Roland Smith

Beneath (book review)

Feb 20th, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Beneath by Roland Smith For more 2018 Caudill reviews and teacher resources, click here. Grades 4-8. Beneath is a middle-grade adventure fiction novel. Pat’s older brother Coop does not care about anything other than exploring underground, tap dancing, and Pat himself. He is an odd bird but Pat loves him anyways. The parents? Not so much. The parents don’t seem to care that they have…

2018 Rebecca Caudill Resources

Feb 17th, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Hey all! There is a new award season among us, even earlier as our kids haven’t even voted yet for this year. Here is the new list. Click on each title for the book reviews as I add them. The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertman Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown (graphic novel; NF; YA) Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova (graphic novel)…