Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin (book review)

Sep 15th, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff This is the story of Rump, a boy whose mother died after his birth. She was only able to announce the first half of his name, so no one knows what Rump’s full name is. All the kids make fun of him and call him Butt. And the town believes that your name is linked to…

The Rithmatist (book review)

Jul 23rd, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Read more 2016 Caudill reviews. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson. Read by Michael Kramer. Macmillan Audio, 2013. Joel is the chalkmaker’s son at Armedius Academy. Here the elite children are the rithmatics students who practice drawing magical geometric chalk drawings to eventually protect the citizens of the United Isles at the Tower of Nebrask, where wild chalkings are attacking and trying to get loose. If…

chomp by carl hiaasen

Chomp (book review)

Jul 17th, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Read more 2016 Caudills reviews. Chomp by Carl Hiaasen This is a contemporary realistic fiction book inset with adventure/survival. The setting is the Everglades after a brief jaunt at the main character’s movie ranch/wildlife center. Wahoo’s mother is in Asia on business, so it’s up to him to babysit his dad. Yep. His dad has always been the kind of person to do whatever he…

Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle

Mountain Dog (book review)

Jul 17th, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Read more 2016 Caudill reviews. Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle Tony goes to live with an uncle he’s never met when his mother is arrested for having a pit bull fighting ring. His uncle lives in a remote area on the Pacific Crest Trail and Tony slowly and unsteadily adjusts to a life where he doesn’t have to worry about city dangers, but there are…

2016 Rebecca Caudill Resource List

Jul 9th, 2015 Book Reviews, Lists Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

Clicking on the title of the book will bring you to my review of it. If there is an additional resources link next to it, that means I included another post on how to connect this to your classroom. This Journal Belongs to Ratchet (Nancy Cavanaugh) Will in Scarlet (Matthew Cody) Mountain Dog (Margarita Engle) Michael Vey: the Prisoner of Cell 25 (Richard Paul Evans)…

Battle of the Books Question of the Day

Jul 9th, 2015 Contests Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

In which book does a man think he’s turning into a vampire? Valid answers include both the title and the author. Contest details here.

Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans

Michael Vey: the Prisoner of Cell 25 (book review)

Jul 9th, 2015 Book Reviews, Contests Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Read more 2016 Caudill reviews. *This post is also eligible for an entry in the raffle to win a Caudill 2016 book. Reply in comments with your classroom connections to the curriculum or your review of the book. Details here. Michael Vey: the Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans Michael and his mother have to keep moving to different places around the country…

Contest! and Post Topic for July

Jul 6th, 2015 Uncategorized Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

In July I will be posting about the 2016 Rebecca Caudill nominees. These books are the children’s choice books for the state of Illinois. Students that read 3 of the books this year can vote in March for their favorite. The Caudill awards are a great opportunity to promote a place where students’ votes count. Teachers can relate this directly to civics and how voting…

May B. (book review)

May 7th, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

May B. By Carline Starr Rose Grades 4-6 This is a novel told in verse. May is on her homestead with her family until they hire her out to help a newlywed couple start their own wheat farm. The wife is not much older than May and is condescending and homesick. When the wife runs away, the husband goes after her, leaving May alone on…

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet (book review)

May 5th, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet. By Nancy J. Cavanaugh. Sourcebooks, 2013. (2016 Caudill Nominee) Rachel Vance’s mechanic father calls her “Ratchet” because she is so helpful. Ratchet’s father is an avid environmentalist that attends every town meeting and unhelpfully calls people idiots who don’t care about the Earth. Her dad is very smart and could probably make changes to the way the town of Blainesfield…