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…

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…

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…

fish in a tree by lynda mullaly hunt

Fish in a Tree (book review)

Feb 27th, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

For more 2017 Caudill reviews, click here. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Ally is an army brat that has to move to new schools all the time. She’s okay with this, though, because it makes disguising the fact that she’s a 6th grader that can’t read easier. Every time a teacher asks her to do something that requires reading, she just pulls…

Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus

Shadow on the Mountain (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. Shadow on the Mountain. By Margi Preus. Narrated by Jeff Woodman. 6.25 hrs. CD. Recorded Books, 2013. This is a historical fiction based on a…

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…

The Book of David (book review)

Jun 25th, 2015 Book Reviews, Teen Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

The Book of David by Anonymous. Simon Pulse, 2014. David is the quarterback on the football team, has a cheerleader as a girlfriend, and Tyler has been his best friend forever. If he has all the things a high school boy should want, why does he feel so weird about it? Tyler has angry outbursts and their friendship feels more like a competition. Monica, his…

Five, Six, Seven, Nate! (Book Review)

Jun 4th, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Five, Six, Seven, Nate! By Tim Federle. Read by Tim Federle (author). 7 hrs. CD. Simon & Schuster, 2014. (9781442374195) Gr. 4-8. Middle-schooler Nate earns a minor roll in the Broadway musical, E.T. He arrives in New York City from small town Jenkburg for practice, where all of the theater staff brush him off and can’t get his name straight, and his arch nemesis bully…