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…

Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

The Amulet of Samarkand (book review)

Apr 29th, 2016 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus Book #1) by Jonathan Stroud I really liked Stroud’s Lockwood and Co’s series, so I started picking up his older series. The Bartimaeus trilogy is pretty well known, I just hadn’t gotten around to it yet, and I didn’t used to be such a big fan of fantasy. But with his vivid language, great interplay between characters and strong sense…

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…

Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Bayou Magic (book review)

Jan 5th, 2016 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes Bayou Magic is a magical realism book with strong Creole roots and African folklore taking place in the Louisiana Bayou. Maddy, from the city, goes to visit her Grandmere, in the country swamps, for the first time. Her siblings scare her into thinking Grandmere is a witch, and they’re not to far off… but she’s the good kind, using…

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…

A Snicker of Magic (book review)

Sep 14th, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. Read by Cassandra Morris. 8 hrs. Scholastic Audio, 2013. Felicity Pickle’s mother has a wandering heart. A wandering heart that is making Felicity miserable. Every year, when her mom gets the itch to keep moving, they wander to a new town and she has to make friends all over again. She has no real place to come home…

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…

The Young Elites by Marie Lu (Audio Book Review)

May 28th, 2015 Book Reviews, Teen Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

The Young Elites. By Marie Lu. Read by Carla Corvo and Lannon Killea. 10 hr. Listening Library, CD. First, let me start off by saying that I loved the Legend trilogy and I think it is better than this new one. This is the first book and it looks like it is set up to become a trilogy. The epidemic blood fever has killed most…

The Night Gardener (book review)

May 11th, 2015 2017 Caudills, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

The Night Gardener. By Jonathan Auxier. Read by Beverly Crick. 9 hrs. CD. Recorded Books, 2014. 9781490658780. Grades 5-8.   Kip and Molly are orphans in England who came to Ireland during the potato famine (or at least one of the potato famines) and lost their parents along the way. Hungry and afraid of going back to the orphanage in town, they are by someone…