soar by joan bauer

Soar by Joan Bauer

Jun 1st, 2017 2018 Bluestems, Book Awards, Book Reviews, Realistic Fiction, Sports Fiction Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Soar by Joan Bauer Soar is a sports fiction book that feels more like a realistic fiction similar to All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook. It’s a moralistic tale about remaining positive, having good sportsmanship, and coaching people positively. Jeremiah moves with his adoptive father Walt to a big baseball town in Ohio while he is on contract fixing a companies robotics. Jeremiah…

Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix

May 13th, 2017 Book Reviews, Science Fiction Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

Haddix has begun another science fiction trilogy with Children of Exile. Rosi has always lived in Fredtown with here Fred parents and Bobo, her little brother. In Fredtown everyone is peaceful and works out conflict right away by talking it out. The kids are taken care of, go to school, and are allowed to play and make friends. Rosi knows that the Freds aren’t her…

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…

ghost by jason reynolds

Ghost (track #1) book review

Feb 24th, 2017 Book Reviews, Odyssey Award Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Ghost (Track#1) by Jason Reynolds is a realistic fiction novel. Castle Crenshaw calls himself Ghost (although no one else does) when he ran as a fast as a ghost when his father chased him and his mother with a gun and they had to hid in their favorite store-owners walk-in refrigerator like they were ghosts. Ghost has a lot to be scared of and mad…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…