Reviews written by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   December 03, 2016
(Updated: December 03, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A List of Cages

Adam Blake is excited that he lucked out with an easy elective class in which he serves as the aide to the school psychologist. Then he finds out that one of the students he’s supposed to help is ...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   November 06, 2016
(Updated: November 07, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Silver Stars

Just wowza. I'm a huge fan of FRONT LINES, the first book in the series. This series is an alternative history of what would have happened if women fought alongside men during WWII. SILVER STARS continues the story of three heroines who are WWII soldiers. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   November 01, 2016
(Updated: November 01, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Wolf by Wolf

Intriguing take on 'what would have happened if Hitler had won the war'. Add to that a wicked paranormal twist with a shapeshifter heroine who has the task to win a race and kill Hitler. What worked: This intriguing, fast paced alternative universe thriller grabbed my attention on...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 29, 2016
(Updated: October 29, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Memory of Things

It's so true when they say you'll always remember where you were on 9-11. I was a first grade teacher at that time. When I got to work, a team teacher told me what had happened in NYC. I didn't believe her until I saw the one tower...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 16, 2016
(Updated: October 31, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Bang Bang I Hurt The Moon

What worked: Younger brother Nicholas plays as if he's shooting a gun. He points it at his older brother Charlie, who tells him that their mother doesn't like when he does that. Then Nicholas shoots the moon and the consequences follow. I love that this book addresses...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 12, 2016
(Updated: October 13, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

My Dad Is A Clown/ Mi Papá Es Un Payaso

What worked: I'm a huge fan of books show diversity in families. In MY DAD IS A CLOWN, readers see a young boy who is proud of the occupations of both of his dads. One of them, Pascual, is a doctor and the other one is a...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   September 26, 2016
(Updated: September 26, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Beast

What worked: I totally fell in love with this book. There are so many feels in this story-first love; breaking stereotypes; belief in yourself; and the power of love. This is a loosely retelling of the fairy tale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST only the beast is fifteen-year-old Dylan...

Young Adult Nonfiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   September 18, 2016
(Updated: September 18, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Being Jazz

What worked: I really loved this insight into the life of a transgender teen. The first time I heard of Jazz Jennings was when she was interviewed by Barbara Walters. Her story is filled with hope for other teens out there that are transgender. A huge plus...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   September 18, 2016
(Updated: September 20, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Black Flowers, White Lies

Ella still believes her dead father looks out for her. But her mother and BFF don't believe in the paranormal. Ella's mother quickly remarries and estranged son of her new stepfather shows up. Around this time strange things happen to Ella like a hand print...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   September 10, 2016
(Updated: September 11, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

aftermath

What worked: This is at times a gut-wrenching, emotional tale of a teen who is found after being abducted. It's a story that could be taken from recent headlines or from an episode of Law & Order SVU. Only here, Kensie goes beyond the sensationalism and shows us what...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   September 05, 2016
(Updated: September 07, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

The Infinity of You & Me

What worked: This was one fast-paced tale with a protagonist who jumps through different worlds in the multiverse. At fifteen, Alicia finds she's either losing her sanity or having a breakdown. What she is though is a 'spandrel', someone who can go to different worlds throughout the...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   August 30, 2016
(Updated: September 05, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

The Lost and The Found

What worked: This story starts out similar to recent news stories where some abducted girls are later found and returned to their families. Only in this story, readers get a glimpse of what happens after the media leaves. In The Lost and the Found we see how this...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   August 27, 2016
(Updated: August 27, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

The Killer In Me

Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows hates to sleep. Whenever she does, she sees through the eyes of a serial killer that she calls 'The Thief'. He lets her in on his methods of killing as she follows him while he stalks and then kills his victims. Nina not sure...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   August 22, 2016
(Updated: August 22, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Wake The Hollow

Eighteen-year-old Micaela Burgos comes back to her hometown Sleepy Hollow after the tragic death of her mother. Town locals considered her mother crazy with her over the top obsession with author Washington Irving. She insisted that they were in fact related but no one believes that. When...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   August 21, 2016
(Updated: August 25, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Prez

In this future, the American people choose presidents on Twitter. After they are dissatisfied with two candidates, they end up choosing Oregon teen Beth Ross. In this world the poor will shoot themselves on live TV in order to win money, big corporations take over things like vaccines...

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