A List of Cages by Robin Roe

A List of Cages

Mar 25th, 2017 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

A List of Cages by Robin Roe is a realistic fiction. Adam is a senior and one of his electives is to help out the school psychologist. He likes it because he gets to text his friends and his mom is a social worker. Adam is a social butterfly, brightening everyone’s moods willingly as he bounces around school (pretty literally, he has ADHD). He has…

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl (book review)

Feb 21st, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

For more 2018 Caudill book reviews click here. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson is a realistic fiction graphic novel for grades 4-8. Astrid and Nicole have always been best friends. Astrid’s mom likes taking them on ECE’s or Evenings of Cultural Enlightenment, which usually bore the living daylights out of both girls. But when they go to see a roller derby, Astrid is hooked and…

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertman

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertman

May 19th, 2016 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Book Scavenger is a contemporary realistic fiction middle grade novel that takes place in San Francisco. Emily is 12 and tired of moving all over the country with her nomadic-minded parents. They want to live in every state once; Emily does not. However, Emily is excited that she finally gets to be in the same city as Garrison Griswold, the “Willy Wonka of the book…

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…

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

Dec 23rd, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 4 min read

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord is a contemporary realistic novel set in Maine on the coast near the blueberry fields the state is famous for. When Lily’s blind dog runs off, Salma a girl Lily’s age who also happens to be a migrant farm worker, stops Lucky the dog from running into a speeding car by giving him her lunch. The strikes up a…

Daughter of Deep Silence (book review)

Oct 11th, 2015 Book Reviews, Teen Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan Daughter of Deep Silence is a contemporary realistic fiction for teens that is dark, dramatic and impassioned. Frances and Libby meet and become fast friends on a cruise with their families. Frances also meets and falls in love with Grey, a wealthy senator’s son. One night the boat is attacked. Frances hides in the dumbwaiter she and Grey…

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…

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…