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…

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…

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…

Tooth by Tooth by Sara Levine

Tooth by Tooth (review)

Apr 10th, 2016 Nonfiction Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Tooth by Tooth: Comparing Fangs, Tusks, and Chompers by Sara Levine (Author), T.S Spookytooth (Illustrator). Millbrook Press. March 1, 2016. Science, Children’s Nonfiction, (K-3) Animals have differently shaped teeth for a reason and vet and biologist Levine shows children through a goofy question and answer on the page turn why. Omnivores, herbivores, and carnivores are discussed (a Next Gen Science Standard as well as animal adaptations). The interest…

Get Even (book review)

Sep 30th, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Get Even by Gretchen McNeil This is a contemporary realistic mystery taking place on a generic prep school campus. Four girls that have nothing in common other than attending the same school form a group DGM (Don’t Get Mad) to get back at all of the school bullies anonymously because their school administration isn’t doing anything about it other than encouraging it. No one can…