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On the same day as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, 250 miles away in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, there was an even more devastating fire. Twelve-year-old Ailis and her younger brother, Quinn, survive, but their family does not. Ailis and Quinn are taken by a family acquaintance to live in a boarding house in Chicago, where they meet six-year-old Nettie, an orphan displaced by ChiOn the same day as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, 250 miles away in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, there was an even more devastating fire. Twelve-year-old Ailis and her younger brother, Quinn, survive, but their family does not. Ailis and Quinn are taken by a family acquaintance to live in a boarding house in Chicago, where they meet six-year-old Nettie, an orphan displaced by Chicago's fire. But the woman who runs the boarding house makes their lives miserable, and Ailis vows to find a way for the three of them to leave. Ailis finds a job at a millinery shop and Quinn plays his fiddle on the streets so they can save money. Then Nettie disappears, and Ailis and Quinn discover she's been kidnapped by a group that forces children to work in the sewers killing rats. Can they find a way to rescue her?...

Title : Cinnamon Moon
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ISBN : 9780374302825
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Cinnamon Moon Reviews

  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    2019-04-07 08:45

    Cinnamon Moon is a great Historical Fiction Story for Middle Grade readers. It is based on an event that I did not even know about, The Peshtigo Wisconsin Fire as well as the Chicago Fire. Ailis and her brother Quinn were moved to Chicago from the small town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin after a fire killed their parents and young sister. A friend of their fathers, Mr. Olsen, set them up in a boarding house there. Unfortunately, he was not aware that Miss Franny, the person who ran the boarding house, treated them as slaves. They met another young orphan named Nettie and got quite close to her. Ailis and Quinn want a better life, so Ailis takes a job with a German woman, Ida, in a millinery shop, and Quinn starts busking with his violin, making a lot more money that he thought possible. When Nettie goes missing, the two try to investigate, and uncover a plot to use very young children to help keep down the rat population. Can they rescue her from this life? Will they be able to move into a place of their own?The characters were wonderful. Ailis and Quinn tried to make the most of the situation they were in. Ailis was smart, resourceful, loyal and had a strong will. She used what she could (Mr. Olsen, Sam, her work ethic) to make their life better. Quinn, was smart and talented. Unfortunately he was also stubborn. With his wonderful musical talent that he inherited from his father, he was able to help both himself and his sister much more than the thought he could. The siblings never give up on Nettie. That loyalty and love is also apparent when they are reminiscing about their family. Ida, the milliner who took Ailis under her wing, was a wonderful person. Her support of Ailis, Quinn and Nettie was a joy. She owed these children nothing, but she gave them everything she could. After all the trouble they went through, the story had a happy ending. It seemed to come quickly, but considering this book is for young readers, ages 9 to 12, it was nicely done. The plot was built up and you would be rooting for the children. The ending was definitely satisfactory, with the heroes/heroines coming out on the bright side and with some of the villians getting their due. A great book for a class or school library. It may lead some children into investigating this time in history as well as getting them interested in more historical fiction. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-04-03 10:56

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline.Ailis and her brother Quinn have moved to Chicago from the small town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin after a fire killed their parents and young sister. They are being raised in a boarding house by a negative, controlled woman, Miss Franny. Since Chicago is also recuperating from the Great Fire of 1871, Ailis is glad that she and her brother, along with another orphan, Nettie, have food to eat and a place to sleep, but hopes for more. She takes a job with a German woman, Ida, in a millinery shop, and Quinn starts busking with his violin, making a lot more money that he thought possible. When Nettie goes missing, the two try to investigate, and uncover a plot to use very young children to help keep down the rat population. They find Nettie, who is too afraid to go back with them. Eventually, the two manage to tell an investigative reported about the scheme, and are able to find Nettie.Strengths: Modern readers will be drawn to the difficult circumstances under which Ailis and Quinn live, but will also secretly long for their freedom from parents. They may be a bit surprised at the prejudice against the Irish. This was just a very fun, very readable book, and happier than you would think. Ailis is very "plucky".Weaknesses: Should have started with the fire. A bit slow at the beginning, and that would have helped. The cover and title are not fantastic.What I really think: Great story, great length, and worth hand selling to students, who will enjoy the story once they get into it. This might also be a great gateway to historical fiction!

  • Mindy
    2019-04-22 08:33

    Cinnamon Moon is another wonderful book from a talented author. Tess writes children well, and writes wonderful lessons along with way. I loved this book. The characters were amazing. What I loved about them most, was how they tried to make their terrible situation better by helping themselves. I loved Ailis. She was smart, resourceful, and strong. As was Quinn. I loved how Quinn had his father's talent in playing the fiddle. She and Quinn are put in a hard situation with Miss Franny. Together, they wanted to have a life with each other and Nettie away from Miss Franny, and they come up with a great plan. Then Nettie disappears, and the two stop at nothing to help her. There are many tender moments, especially when the siblings talked about and remembered their parents and baby sister that died in the Peshtigo fire. Ida was a complete joy. I loved how she took Ailis under her wing. I felt the ending was beautiful. There is nothing wrong with a happy ending that leaves you feeling good and happy you invested your time in a well-told story. Remembering also, this is a story aimed for readers 10 - 12 years old. We all could use a little happy in our lives. Received a complimentary copy from the author, all views and opinions are my own.

  • Nancy Cavanaugh
    2019-04-14 09:54

    Such engaging historical fiction! Characters that pull you into their struggles and triumphs! Don't miss!

  • Amayrani Olvera
    2019-03-27 11:31

    book review #5 date: 2/5/2017 Amayrani Olvera AB2 Cinnamon moonCinnamon Moon had me turning the pages faster and faster as I got near the end. This book is absolutely full of suspense and surprises. When I first got the book this Christmas my mom immediately said she wanted to read the book, so I let her read the book a couple hours later I found her in her bed reading the book and crying saying the way the author describes the characters during their times of grief was very realistic. A couple days passed and she gave me the book back and said "you'll love this book! for sure I just know it". As soon as I got the book back I went to my room and read the book all throughout the day. I was not disappointed at all while reading the book. The way the author describes the scenery really does bring you into the story feeling as if you're there. "As his warm palm presses against mine, I think of the grubby cinnamon moon on the night we lost everything and how it turned back to its clean white color so easily." Tess Hilmo also added some very deep meaningful life lessons to Cinnamon Moon for example, "the thought comes to me that life inches forward moment by moment, day by day. That today will end-whether we are ready for it to end or not- and that a new tomorrow will always come. And I suppose the only choice we ever really have is to allow ourselves to splinter against the weight of it all or to dig down, gather courage, and walk on." For these reasons and more I rate this book 5 stars and for anyone willing to shed a tear or two or a thousand to read this book.

  • April Moody
    2019-04-19 11:58

    Alilis and her Brother Quinn have lost their parents and little sister after a deadly fire rages through their small town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin. They have been placed in a boarding house in Chicago run by Miss Fanny. Miss Fanny has come from challenging circumstances herself and is often unkind. Alilis wants a better life for herself, her brother and another orphan friend, six year old Nettie. She finds a job with a kind German woman who runs a millinery shop and Quinn makes money by playing his violin in the streets. Nettie disappears suddenly and the two try to uncover a plot by a local company who uses children to catch rats. The resourcefulness of Alilis eventually leads her to Nettie and she puts a plan in motion to expose the misuse of children.I really enjoyed this story about two siblings trying to make a heartbreaking situation better by working hard to help themselves. When Nettie disappears the two siblings put their hearts into finding her. There dedication to getting her out of a bad situation shows how big their hearts are. There were sweet tender moments as they remember the family they lost and as they create a new family together with Nettie and the Kind German woman Alilis works for. This was a well told story with endearing characters with a satisfying ending.

  • Leona Ruth
    2019-04-13 10:50

    Okay, I think I'm having a brain freeze right now... xD I finished this yesterday; I should remember some things about this book... :DI was drawn to this book because of the mention of the Peshtigo Fire; I've been there, and to a little museum with stuff about the fire. I even bought a fiction book about a girl who survived the fire (actually, my parents did...)! However, this book didn't include much about Peshtigo; it centered around Chicago. The main plot is about the kids (view spoiler)[ trying to find a little orphan girl friend who got kidnapped (hide spoiler)]. There weren't many things bad about it; mainly:-a very small amount (about a sentence) about two 11-year-olds making eyes at each other (seriously?!? WAY too young; I'm twelve, and I don't want to be doing that! :P) at the end of the book-no bad words, as far as I can rememberI guess this was a pretty good book!

  • Susan S.C.C.L.
    2019-04-06 09:41

    I'm glad I came across this ARC on the bookshelf in our staff room. I love learning about pieces of history that I knew nothing about before opening a book. This story opened my eyes to the destruction of a town in Wisconsin, Peshtigo.  The same day as the Great Chicago Fire, Peshtigo was destroyed by a fire as well and over 2400 citizens died in the inferno. It was a story about the survival of a brother and sister from that small town and how they learned to survive without their parents. Alone as orphans in (what remained of) the city of Chicago, they survived with the help of new friends, during a time in our history when so many lost the world they once knew, and had to re-build their lives and their futures.

  • Creel Unbelove'D
    2019-04-21 09:36

    Wonderfully interesting premise; lets us know of a fire as horrible as that of the Great Fire in Chicago. The story does a good job of developing the "evil stepmom" feel of the mean lady running the boarding house where the lead character and her brother end up staying as orphans. Nettie, the young orphan from one of Chicago's orphanages that is damaged in the fire, is so "sickly sweet" as to be flavorless. The heart of the mystery doesn't start until chapter nine. By then, I had lost interest. Maybe I am way too old for this book. I usually love historical fiction written for grade school readers. Did anyone make it through the whole book?

  • Angela Johnson
    2019-04-03 11:31

    Interesting subject matter - I have not read anything about the Great Chicago Fire and had definitely not heard of the devastating Peshtigo fire. Great way to introduce a few themes to children: grief and mourning; family is defined in many ways; some people aren't good or bad (Miss Franny) and we don't always like everyone; human trafficking; child labor laws; stranger danger, etc. What I can't decide is if the cookie cutter ending is the right ending for the sake of middle grade readers or if it is too fairytale, nicely tied up.

  • Brooke
    2019-03-29 07:32

    Third book about the Chicago Fire I've inadvertently read this year. Ever heard of the Peshtigo Wisconsin fire? Same day as the Chicago fire! 2400 people perished in the Peshtigo fire, 300 in the Chicago fire. Both fires play a role in this story of two orphaned children, taken in off the street and placed in a Chicago boarding house by a railroad tycoon. Good historical fiction to hand to upper elementary school children. Kept me reading as the two tracked down a third orphan sold to a rat extermination racket.

  • Karin
    2019-03-31 11:42

    3.5 stars. Children's book that takes places in Chicago just after the great fire. The history was interesting and I love that the setting is in the midwest! I liked the characters, but they felt a little underdeveloped to me and the plot didn't move as smoothly as in her previous books. Still, a nice read for the pre-teens.

  • Cat
    2019-04-24 14:45

    This was such a good read! Strong female characters. I like historical fiction and this one was a good one for kids 10-14. May just lead a few to look into the Peshtigo Fire. I'm not sure if the Great Chicago Fire is ever mentioned in classes today, but it wouldn't hurt for kids to learn how resiliant their forefathers AND foremothers were! Great tale.

  • Rachel D.
    2019-04-10 10:39

    This is great historical fiction. I had never heard of the Peshtigo fire, and I now know more about the Chicago fire as well. The characters are lovable and believable. I look forward to sharing this with my children and students.

  • Robyn
    2019-04-05 08:59

    This was an okay book for the younger middle school student. Gives an interesting view on the Chicago Fire of 1871, also on the status of children during that time period. A safe historical fiction with wholesome characters.

  • Brooke
    2019-04-04 13:00

    Excellent book! Very touching I loved it!

  • Sherrie
    2019-03-24 12:48

    Highly recommended

  • Kristi Bell
    2019-04-19 14:31

    Clean, juvenile read about a little known fire that took a back seat to the Great Chicago Fire (which is in this book, also).Language: NoneViolence: NoneSex: None

  • Krystal
    2019-04-08 15:55

    Probably the best book Hilmo has written. Good historical fiction about Chicago after the fire. It ended a little too nicely for me, but I still enjoyed it. 3.5 stars.

  • Katie Hutchison Irion
    2019-04-13 13:35

    Pretty good. I enjoy a good historical fiction. This one opened my eyes to life in Chicago right after the great fire. I enjoyed the characters and story.

  • Mindy
    2019-04-19 15:36

    Very interesting (and heartbreaking) historical fiction story about the Great Chicago Fire and the Peshtigo Fire. A great book for a middle school reader.

  • Joe
    2019-04-14 11:43

    Awesome historical novel for middle grade readers. The small details make it come to life. My daughters (ages 10 and 12) will love this story.

  • Janice
    2019-04-24 11:54

    Tess Hilmo does it again. I love her writing and story telling.

  • Jill Cd
    2019-04-03 08:33

    I read this in one sitting. It confronts a lot of issues: Great Chicago Fire, orphans, child labor, and the firestorm in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. The last was something I knew nothing about but am terribly intrigued after reading this book. Of course the story of Mrs O'Leary, which is discussed throughout the book, provides a wonderful discussion for "fake news." All in all I loved the characters, plot, and backstory. An excellent read for grades 4 and up!

  • Melanie
    2019-04-13 11:48

    So glad this is one of our 2018 RI Children's Book Award nominees! A great book for kids. My favorite line in the story is between brother and sister Quinn and Ailis who are discussing how long they will be sad. "Maybe it's when you can't stand to carry the weight of it anymore. When you feel like the sorrow is changing who you are meant to be." I love the idea of letting go of sadness when you feel it is changing who you are meant to be.

  • Celeste
    2019-04-16 13:59

    3.5 stars. This historical fiction takes place just after the Peshtigo Fire and Chicago Fire. Two orphans are trying to take care of each other and another orphan they have met in Chicago after suffering devastating loss. I like Tess Hilmo as a writer because her characters are strong and kind. The history of the Peshtigo fire was fascinating. My only issue with this book is the ending seemed rushed and the cover is awful making it hard to get kids to pick it up. Also reviewed on Kiss the Book Blog

  • Marg Corjay
    2019-04-05 07:44

    Feisty young people. Great setting, history, and suspense make this a wonderful middle-grade read.

  • Serina
    2019-03-24 11:58

    Well this was a let down. Girl and her brother survives the great Chicago fire of 1871. In middle of book one of their friends, little orphan girl, gets kidnapped. This book didn't know what should be the main theme and so ended up mediocre. Was it going to be about the fire and how they recovered from that or if it should be about how people will take advantage of that situation and kidnap orphans? Both apparently. I could have worked with all of this until I reached the end. And *everything* from top to bottom was resolved in less than 5 pages. No build up, no character arc. Just immediate resolution to all of the struggles. The book would be well suited for 3-5 grade. It's just an unforgivable ending.

  • Jeana
    2019-04-05 11:52

    The story of Ailis and Quinn, survivors of a fire themselves, amidst the aftermath of the Chicago fire is heartbreaking! They're orphans who are trying to get ahead, by taking it upon themselves to make some money and get out of the boardinghouse where they're treated poorly. Then their friend Nettie goes missing and they decide they're going to find her.I read this book to my daughter before bedtime, a chapter a night, and she loved it. Hilmo has a way with words and her endings are always just right!

  • Carol
    2019-04-16 10:42

    On the same day as the great Chicago fire their was an even more devastating fire 250 miles away in Peshtigo Wisconsin. Twelve year old Ailis and her younger brother Quinn survived but their family did not.Ailis and Quinn were taken to a boarding house in Chicago. They meet Nettie an orphan displaced by the Chicago fire. Ailis vows to save money so they can afford a place of their own. But then Nettie disappears and they have reason to believe that she has been kidnapped. Ailis and Quinn must focus on to rescuing Nettie as well as finding a new home for them all. Enjoyed this book!!!!