full cicada moon by marilyn hilton

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

Mar 6th, 2017 2018 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

To read more 2018 Rebecca Caudill nominees click here. Full Cicada Moon is a historical fiction that takes place during 1969 where Mimi and her family move to predominantly white Vermont from Berkeley during her 7th grade year. Mimi is half Japanese and half African American. Her dad just got a job at the college in town, so they move across the country. Mimi is…

Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt

Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt

May 21st, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Awards, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Rhyme Scheme is a contemporary realistic novel told in verse about 7th grader Kevin’s year at school. He starts out the year by taking out his anger and feelings of abandonment on his fellow classmates, specifically Robin and Kelly. His parents are doctors, too distracted by their work and their four other “planned” sons to pay attention to Kevin or notice that one of his…

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover (book review)

Mar 13th, 2016 2017 Caudills, Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

For more 2017 Caudill reviews, click here. The Crossover is a realistic fiction told in verse about twin brothers Josh and Jordan who both play basketball. When one of them gets a girlfriend, the two slowly grow apart. Add to that their dad’s health problems, and Josh is having a lot of trouble, it even starts interrupting his A-game on the basketball court. Josh takes…

Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle

Mountain Dog (book review)

Jul 17th, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

Read more 2016 Caudill reviews. Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle Tony goes to live with an uncle he’s never met when his mother is arrested for having a pit bull fighting ring. His uncle lives in a remote area on the Pacific Crest Trail and Tony slowly and unsteadily adjusts to a life where he doesn’t have to worry about city dangers, but there are…

May B. (book review)

May 7th, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

May B. By Carline Starr Rose Grades 4-6 This is a novel told in verse. May is on her homestead with her family until they hire her out to help a newlywed couple start their own wheat farm. The wife is not much older than May and is condescending and homesick. When the wife runs away, the husband goes after her, leaving May alone on…