Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

May 23rd, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Stella lives in segregated  1932 North Carolina. One late night, Stella sees the Ku Klux Klan (who haven’t been in their community in quite a while) burning a cross at one of their meetings and runs to tell her family. They alert the Black community and the neighbors work together to be on the lookout and keep everyone safe. Meanwhile, Stella’s father and some of…

Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt

Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt

May 21st, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Rhyme Scheme is a contemporary realistic novel told in verse about 7th grader Kevin’s year at school. He starts out the year by taking out his anger and feelings of abandonment on his fellow classmates, specifically Robin and Kelly. His parents are doctors, too distracted by their work and their four other “planned” sons to pay attention to Kevin or notice that one of his…

Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

The Port Chicago 50 (book review)

Apr 28th, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews, Nonfiction Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin I’m going to add the summary from Goodreads because it sounds a lot better than mine: “On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and…

How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle

How I Became a Ghost (book review)

Apr 27th, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

How I Became a Ghost is an emotional historical fiction of the Choctaw Trail of Tears 1820s. Isaac and his family flee their burning town and hide from the white men who did it. As they journey, Isaac has visions of the future and can tell who will die next, but is helpless to stop it. Their family eventually makes it to what is known…

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Masterminds (book review)

Apr 22nd, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Masterminds by Gordon Korman This tame science fiction thriller by popular author Korman is great for kids who want an action-packed book but not too much trauma. Eli Frieden lives in Serenity, New Mexico. It is like a modern Pleasantville. There are only 30 kids in the small community and they are all well-off. Most of their parents work at the town Plasticworks making parking…

paper cowboy by Kristin Levine

The Paper Cowboy (book review)

Apr 11th, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

The Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine. Read more 2017 Caudill nominee reviews here. Tommy just wants to be a good guy that people would look up to, like the Lone Ranger. But the truth is he is a bully. He doesn’t want to be and he feels terrible afterward, but he can’t help what he does when he’s angry. Kind of like his mother. His…

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover (book review)

Mar 13th, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

For more 2017 Caudill reviews, click here. The Crossover is a realistic fiction told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan who both play basketball. When one of them gets a girlfriend, the two slowly grow apart. Add to that their dad’s health problems, and Josh is having a lot of trouble, it even starts interrupting his A-game on the basketball court. Josh takes…

The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson

The Great Trouble (book review)

Mar 12th, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

To read more 2017 Caudill reviews click here. The Great Trouble is a historical fiction novel set in 1854 London during the cholera epidemic. Back then, people didn’t really know what cholera was. They just knew that if someone got it, they most likely died within one or two days. The residents at Broad Street believed it was the bad air the surrounded their dirty…

nightbird by Alice Hoffman

Nightbird (book review)

Mar 2nd, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

For more 2017 Caudill reviews, click here. Nightbird by Alice Hoffman is a fantasy that takes place in Sidwell, a small town near Boston (in the Berkshires). Twig is a tall gangly girl that can never make friends. It’s not that she doesn’t want friends or that she wants to be stand-offish, but she does it to keep people away from her house. If they…

Echo (book review)

Feb 28th, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

For more 2017 Caudill reviews, click here. This is my copy of the review I did for Booklist. Reinwald, Rachel. “Echo.” Booklist 15 Oct. 2015: 64. General OneFile. Web. 21 Feb. 2016. Echo. By Pam Munoz Ryan. Read by Mark Bramhall and others. 2015. 10.5hr. Scholastic, CD, $39.99 (9780545788366). Gr. 5-8. The story of three children from different historical periods is framed by the folktale of…