soar by joan bauer

Soar by Joan Bauer

Jun 1st, 2017 2018 Bluestems, Book Awards, Book Reviews, Realistic Fiction, Sports Fiction Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Soar by Joan Bauer Soar is a sports fiction book that feels more like a realistic fiction similar to All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook. It’s a moralistic tale about remaining positive, having good sportsmanship, and coaching people positively. Jeremiah moves with his adoptive father Walt to a big baseball town in Ohio while he is on contract fixing a companies robotics. Jeremiah…

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…

Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix

May 13th, 2017 Book Reviews, Science Fiction Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

Haddix has begun another science fiction trilogy with Children of Exile. Rosi has always lived in Fredtown with here Fred parents and Bobo, her little brother. In Fredtown everyone is peaceful and works out conflict right away by talking it out. The kids are taken care of, go to school, and are allowed to play and make friends. Rosi knows that the Freds aren’t her…

It Started with Goodbye by Christina June

It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

May 10th, 2017 Realistic Fiction Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

It Started with Goodbye is a YA romance/realistic fiction novel for grades 8-12. Tatum (16) is left under house arrest with her overly-strict stepmother, Belen, after she gets arrested for shoplifting and her dad is called away for business out of the country for the summer. Her stepsister, Tilly, is so busy with her ballet and being brainwashed by Belen that she has never really…

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…

four weeks five people by jennifer yu

Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu

Apr 26th, 2017 Book Reviews, Realistic Fiction, Teen Rachel Reinwald 5 min read

  I was really excited about this book. I love reading the gritty and emotional books about teens with mental health problems. The first chapter for each character, basically the ones introducing them were my favorite parts. I like how they described themselves and seeing their thought processes. There were a lot of sentiments that I underlined and thought they sounded pretty authentic. Little did…

Mayday by Karen Harrington

Mayday by Karen Harrington

Apr 2nd, 2017 Book Reviews, Realistic Fiction Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Mayday is a realistic fiction that takes place in Texas. Wayne Kovoc is a spouter of facts. He does it to avoid awkward silences, to make his mom feel better about her romantic situation (aka deadbeat ex-Dad), and to impress his kind-of girlfriend. He also asks the question “why” a lot, which his Uncle Reed, back from the army, says is a useless and trouble-making…

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

A List of Cages

Mar 25th, 2017 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

A List of Cages by Robin Roe is a realistic fiction. Adam is a senior and one of his electives is to help out the school psychologist. He likes it because he gets to text his friends and his mom is a social worker. Adam is a social butterfly, brightening everyone’s moods willingly as he bounces around school (pretty literally, he has ADHD). He has…

Lock and Mori by Heather W. Petty

Lock & Mori

Mar 23rd, 2017 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty is a mystery set in present day London based on Sherlock Holmes. When the fire alarm in her drama class goes off, Mori is told to go get Sherlock Holmes out of his basement laboratory because he ignores them. After a very short and infuriating conversation, Mori leaves him to his demise. Later, Mori is spending alone time…