Book review: Cinnamon Moon, by Tess Hilmo

Hilmo, Tess. Cinnamon Moon. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2016. $16.99. ISBN 9780374302825. 247 pages. Grades 4-7. P8 Q9

This historical fiction takes place in Chicago in 1871. The story follows two children, Quinn and Ailis, who have lost their home and family due to a fire. They are placed in the care of Miss Franny, who runs a boarding house. Miss Franny is a demanding woman who makes the children clean house. While they are there, they meet Nettie, who has also been orphaned due to The Great Chicago Fire. Nettie attends school while the Quinn and Ailias work so they can leave the boarding house and live on their own. When Nettie disappears, Quinn and Ailias try to find her. They persevere through difficult situations and in the end, they find and rescue Nettie.

Verdict: This book includes many interesting historical facts intermixed with mystery. The author has also included historical facts at the end of the book. This book emphasizes friendship, perseverance, and the fact that families can be made up of people who are not related to you. This book was inspiring. I recommend this book for middle school libraries.

January 2017 review by Tami Harris.

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