I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

May 14th, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews, Teen, Thriller Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

To read more of my 2018 Caudill reviews click here. May and Libby were best friends. They met on the playground entertaining the smaller kids with their chalk drawings and stories of their made-up superhero, Princess X, who lived in a haunted house with her katana sword and converse shoes. May tells the stories and Libby draws the pictures. The girls got together all the…

Lock and Mori by Heather W. Petty

Lock & Mori

Mar 23rd, 2017 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty is a mystery set in present day London based on Sherlock Holmes. When the fire alarm in her drama class goes off, Mori is told to go get Sherlock Holmes out of his basement laboratory because he ignores them. After a very short and infuriating conversation, Mori leaves him to his demise. Later, Mori is spending alone time…

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…

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Masterminds (book review)

Apr 22nd, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Masterminds by Gordon Korman This tame science fiction thriller by popular author Korman is great for kids who want an action-packed book but not too much trauma. Eli Frieden lives in Serenity, New Mexico. It is like a modern Pleasantville. There are only 30 kids in the small community and they are all well-off. Most of their parents work at the town Plasticworks making parking…

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…

Trust Me, I’m Lying (book review)

Nov 15th, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 4 min read

Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer This book is a suspense-mystery taking place in and around Chicago. Julep Dupree is a fixer at her private high school so that she can pay her way at St. Aggies in order to make it to Yale and leave the con artist life behind. She was never asked if she wanted to do cons, avoid making…

All Fall Down (book review)

Oct 27th, 2015 Book Reviews, Teen Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter This is a suspenseful mystery novel taking place in Adria, a presumably European country with ancient roots but now in current times. Grace comes to live with her grandfather, who is the American ambassador in Adria. Embassy Row is the long strip of road that is lined with the embassies from many different countries. Grace’s “America”…

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…

The Rithmatist (book review)

Jul 23rd, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Read more 2016 Caudill reviews. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson. Read by Michael Kramer. Macmillan Audio, 2013. Joel is the chalkmaker’s son at Armedius Academy. Here the elite children are the rithmatics students who practice drawing magical geometric chalk drawings to eventually protect the citizens of the United Isles at the Tower of Nebrask, where wild chalkings are attacking and trying to get loose. If…

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (Book Review)

Jun 8th, 2015 Book Reviews, Teen Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour Emi’s best friend Charlotte is leaving for out of state college. Emi’s brother Toby is scouting movie locations in Europe. She will be alone. Just after Morgan dumped her… for the sixth time. But she has some things. Toby is giving Charlotte and Emi his apartment for the summer with the request to do something epic in it….