Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

May 23rd, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Stella lives in segregated  1932 North Carolina. One late night, Stella sees the Ku Klux Klan (who haven’t been in their community in quite a while) burning a cross at one of their meetings and runs to tell her family. They alert the Black community and the neighbors work together to be on the lookout and keep everyone safe. Meanwhile, Stella’s father and some of…

How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle

How I Became a Ghost (book review)

Apr 27th, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

How I Became a Ghost is an emotional historical fiction of the Choctaw Trail of Tears 1820s. Isaac and his family flee their burning town and hide from the white men who did it. As they journey, Isaac has visions of the future and can tell who will die next, but is helpless to stop it. Their family eventually makes it to what is known…

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…

The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson

The Great Trouble (book review)

Mar 12th, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

To read more 2017 Caudill reviews click here. The Great Trouble is a historical fiction novel set in 1854 London during the cholera epidemic. Back then, people didn’t really know what cholera was. They just knew that if someone got it, they most likely died within one or two days. The residents at Broad Street believed it was the bad air the surrounded their dirty…

Echo (book review)

Feb 28th, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

For more 2017 Caudill reviews, click here. This is my copy of the review I did for Booklist. Reinwald, Rachel. “Echo.” Booklist 15 Oct. 2015: 64. General OneFile. Web. 21 Feb. 2016. Echo. By Pam Munoz Ryan. Read by Mark Bramhall and others. 2015. 10.5hr. Scholastic, CD, $39.99 (9780545788366). Gr. 5-8. The story of three children from different historical periods is framed by the folktale of…

war that saved my life

The War That Saved My Life (book review)

Feb 21st, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

For more 2017 Caudill reviews, click here. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley The War That Saved My Life is a historical fiction taking place in London and the English countryside. 10-year-old Ada watches the world from her window. She has a clubfoot and her mother is too embarrassed to let her leave their apartment, even to go to the bathroom…

My Brother's Secret by Dan Smith

My Brother’s Secret (book review)

Dec 11th, 2015 Book Reviews, Tween Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

My Brother’s Secret by Dan Smith This suspenseful historical fiction covers WWII Germany from the perspective of Karl, a boy in the Hitler Youth. At first, he is really excited to be training for Hitler and is proud of his father fighting in the war. But then little things start to happen. A boy in his class is humiliated because he cried the day he…

Ghost Hawk (book review)

Sep 28th, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper This is a historical fiction pseudo fantasy epic about the relationships between the Native Americans and settlers in the New World, namely Plimoth, but the book spans several settlements in setting. The story starts off with Little Hawk being sent out into the woods for 3 months to become a man. We see his culture and how he was trained…

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave (book review)

Sep 16th, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne Alfie’s dad volunteered to serve in the British army to fight in World War I the first day available. His family was not happy about Georgie volunteering, but he thought maybe he’d be put in a better position than if he was drafted. This is all when Alfie was 5. Now, Alfie is 9. Georgie…

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…