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…

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…

ghost by jason reynolds

Ghost (track #1) book review

Feb 24th, 2017 Book Reviews, Odyssey Award Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Ghost (Track#1) by Jason Reynolds is a realistic fiction novel. Castle Crenshaw calls himself Ghost (although no one else does) when he ran as a fast as a ghost when his father chased him and his mother with a gun and they had to hid in their favorite store-owners walk-in refrigerator like they were ghosts. Ghost has a lot to be scared of and mad…

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon (book review)

Feb 22nd, 2017 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a fantasy novel that feels like a folktale. There is a town surrounded by dangerous woods and giant bog. It is ruled by the Protectorate, a group of elder men and [the sisterhood]. Antain is a boy apprentice to the Protectorate. The townspeople are full of sorrow because every year, the youngest child must be taken into the…

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)…