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…

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…

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…

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Bone Gap (book review)

Feb 6th, 2016 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

2016 Printz award winner. Bone Gap is a contemporary realistic book that takes place in a farm town where everyone knows each other’s business. There are elements of magical realism and it feels like a thriller. Finn and Sean are brothers. Their father has died and their fragile mother has run off with another man and moved out of state, abandoning them. Instead of going…

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…

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…