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…

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…

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

Dec 23rd, 2015 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 4 min read

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord is a contemporary realistic novel set in Maine on the coast near the blueberry fields the state is famous for. When Lily’s blind dog runs off, Salma a girl Lily’s age who also happens to be a migrant farm worker, stops Lucky the dog from running into a speeding car by giving him her lunch. The strikes up a…