Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

Apr 26th, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Read my other 2018 Caudill reviews. Hour of the Bees feels like a book in the magical realism genre with family folklore mixed in. This book addresses the angst that comes with teens experiencing cultural duality. All of the Hispanic kids at school change their Spanish names by shortening them into American ones and rely on buying the latest material possessions in style. Twelve-year-old Carolina…

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…

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

Mar 18th, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

For more 2018 Caudill reviews, click here. The Seventh Most Important Thing is a realistic fiction book. Arthur Owens gets really upset when, recently after his father has died in a motorcycle accident, his mother throws out all of his father’s things to start fresh. Arthur doesn’t want to start over right away, he’s still remembering his dad. That’s when the local junk man, a guy…

Paperweight (book review)

Sep 2nd, 2015 Book Reviews, Teen Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Paperweight by Meg Haston Paperweight is a contemporary realistic fiction that takes place mainly in a treatment center in New Mexico, even though Stevie is from Georgia. Stevie reluctantly explores her eating disorder after her dad forces her to go to a treatment center. Meanwhile, she flashes back to her mother walking out on the family to go live in Paris, her brother’s death shortly…

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloane

Counting By 7s (book review)

Jul 13th, 2015 Book Reviews, Contests Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Read more 2016 Caudill reviews. Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. Read by Robin Miles. 7.25 hrs. CD. Dreamscape Media, 2013. (9781624069024). Willow Chance is 12. She is also a weirdo and a genius. She only dresses in earth tones because she wants to have camouflage. She is obsessed with plants, and she counts by 7s to calm herself. Willow’s parents give her a…

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls (book review)

Jul 10th, 2015 Book Reviews, Contests Rachel Reinwald 5 min read

*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. Read more Caudill reviews and supplemental resources. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Read by Jason Isaacs. Cd. 4 hrs. Brilliance Audio, 2011. First, this book is weird. I would…