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…

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

A List of Cages

Mar 25th, 2017 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

A List of Cages by Robin Roe is a realistic fiction. Adam is a senior and one of his electives is to help out the school psychologist. He likes it because he gets to text his friends and his mom is a social worker. Adam is a social butterfly, brightening everyone’s moods willingly as he bounces around school (pretty literally, he has ADHD). He has…

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…

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything Everything (book review)

Feb 25th, 2016 Book Reviews Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. 17-year-old Maddy can’t leave her house, ever, because she has SCIDs (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency). Basically, if she goes outside, she could have a reaction to anything and die. The only people she sees are her mom and her nurse, Carla. Maddy has avoided looking out the window because she doesn’t want to hope like the last time she was 8, that…

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…

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”…

Daughter of Deep Silence (book review)

Oct 11th, 2015 Book Reviews, Teen Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan Daughter of Deep Silence is a contemporary realistic fiction for teens that is dark, dramatic and impassioned. Frances and Libby meet and become fast friends on a cruise with their families. Frances also meets and falls in love with Grey, a wealthy senator’s son. One night the boat is attacked. Frances hides in the dumbwaiter she and Grey…

Happy Earth Day! Teen Program: Crochet Tote Bags Out of Plastic Bags

Apr 23rd, 2015 Craft Programs, Teen Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

Tonight the 6-12 graders made tote bags out of recycled grocery bags and other plastic bags. We upcycled! They could either spool knit with boxes, weave, or crochet their bags.  Each bag will use about 100 plastic bags when it is done, so each bag saves 2/5 a barrel of oil!! Using these reusable bags instead of grocery bags saves even more. Here is Miss Tegan’s  video…